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Feb 17 09:45

Maui Snow Sticks Around for Weekend, Flooding Rain in Forecast

The Winter Weather Advisory has been extended and is now in effect until 10 a.m. for the summit of Haleakal? on Maui and the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on Hawai?i Island.

The National Weather Service says occasional snow showers will continue to impact the highest elevations through mid morning Saturday. Snow covered and icy roadways leading to the summits will make travel to the summits extremely dangerous.

Due to the life-threatening conditions, the National Park Service has closed the road leading to the summit of Haleakal?. Travel to the summits should be avoided until the roadways have been cleared from snow and ice and deemed safe for travel.

Feb 17 07:51

Tulsi Gabbard - The Establishment Is Desperate To Stop Anti-War Candidate - David Icke

Feb 15 09:13

President's Corner: Not too late to hold rail accountable

Across the country, people are getting fed up with large, expensive public works projects that siphon away taxpayer funds.

In January, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo canceled a plan years in the making that would have shut down New York City’s L Train for tunnel repairs. Instead, he opted for a substantially cheaper plan concocted in a matter of weeks by a team of unpaid academic engineers. What’s more, the new plan can be carried out on nights and weekends, so the city won’t have to shut down service for more than a year while it’s completed.

If Cuomo’s plan works, it will be a rebuke to big, expensive and time-consuming government projects — and a black eye for the agency that insisted big and expensive was the only option.

Nor is New York the only state exploring alternatives to a public works boondoggle.

Feb 13 11:45

What Early Spring? It's Snowing in Hawaii — and for the First Time Ever at One State Park!

Despite Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction for an early spring, winter isn’t letting go of its hold just yet — in fact, it’s setting records … in Hawaii.

A major winter storm that began rolling in over the weekend has forced many state parks across the islands to close, the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources reported in a Facebook post on Sunday.

Notably, the DLNR wrote, “For perhaps the first time ever, snow has fallen in a Hawaii State Park,” explaining that Polipoli State Park on the island of Maui is “blanketed with snow.”

Feb 12 08:39

Winter weather wreaks havoc across county

Snow and ice shut down Haleakala National Park’s Summit District on Sunday, while downpours and strong winds took down power lines and trees, and high surf pushed boats ashore in West and South Maui.

The wintry conditions were brought on by a powerful storm tracking southward toward the Hawaiian Islands, bringing a band of enhanced moisture and predictions of up to 3 inches of snow on the summit of Haleakala, the National Weather Service said.

Shortly after noon on Sunday, the Summit District was closed due to snowy and icy road conditions, as well as power outages throughout the district, park spokesperson Nancy Stimson said. The closure was scheduled to remain in effect through at least 9 a.m. today, and today’s sunrise viewing was also canceled. Maui County officials also warned the public not to drive toward the summit.

Feb 11 14:30

Hawaii recorded what may be the lowest elevation snow in state history

Snow falls in Hawaii a few times a year in winter on the state's highest peak, Mauna Kea rising 13,803 elevation in feet, but the white stuff is rarely seen at elevations below 9,000 feet to 10,000 feet.

On Sunday, Maui's 10,ooo-foot Haleakala received a thick dusting and snow also accumulated at 6,200 feet in Polipoli State Recreation Area.

Officials at the Department of Land and Natural Resources say this could mark the lowest-elevation snowfall ever recorded in the state.

Feb 11 13:21

Potent storm slams Hawaii with 191-mph winds, 60-foot waves and rare snow on Maui

A deadly winter storm battered Hawaii over the weekend, bringing dangerous surf conditions, heavy snow and damaging winds.

Waves near Waimea Bay on the north shore of Oahu surpassed 60 feet Sunday afternoon, meteorologist Gavin Shigesato with the National Weather Service Honolulu forecast office told USA TODAY.

Surf heights hit 45 feet on another part of the island, according to observation reports. A 66-year-old California man died Friday after getting stuck in rough ocean conditions off northwest Maui, Hawaii News Now said.

A monstrous 191-mph wind gust was recorded on the peak of Mauna Kea on the Big Island Sunday, the weather service said.

Feb 11 12:11

Hawaii Lawmakers Propose Public-funded Anti-gun Fake News Factory

Following California’s lead, Hawaiian lawmakers are seeking to use money gleaned from Aloha State taxpayers to fund their anti-gun propaganda efforts. HB 1541 would establish the Hawaii Gun Violence Prevention Center, a public and privately funded “interdisciplinary” effort to analyze “gun-related violence and its prevention.”

Feb 09 10:47

US Military Fuel Tanks Threaten Aquifer In Hawaii

A massive complex of 20 U.S. military storage tanks is buried in a bluff called Red Hill that overlooks Honolulu’s primary drinking water supply, 100 feet below.

The walls on the 75-year-old jet fuel tanks are now so thin that the edge of a dime is thicker. Each of the underground tanks holds 12.5 million gallons of jet fuel; 225,000,000 gallons in total.

In 2014, 27,000 gallons of jet fuel leaked through a weak spot on a tank that had been repaired with a welded patch. The welding gave way and the fuel entered the the water supply.

Feb 08 10:15

Hirono: Green New Deal’s Flight Restrictions ‘Would Be Pretty Hard for Hawaii’

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) expressed skepticism about progressive Democrats’ Green New Deal proposal Thursday, saying the goal of replacing necessary air travel with high-speed rail transport would be burdensome on her home state of Hawaii.

“That would be pretty hard for Hawaii,” Hirono said of the far-left environmental proposal unveiled Thursday by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), according to Fox News’ Chad Pergram. Hawaii is roughly 2,500 miles away from Los Angeles, California, with a flight time of four and a half hours.

As NTK Network notes: “To put that in perspective, the longest railroad trip offered by Amtrak, which is not high-speed rail, is 2,265 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles and takes on average 43 hours to complete.”

Feb 08 08:45

Tulsi Gabbard Is Driving The MSM Bat Shit Crazy

When Tulsi Gabbard announced her plans to run in the 2020 presidential election, I predicted that it would disrupt war propaganda narratives and force a much-needed conversation about US interventionism, but I didn’t realize that it would happen so quickly, so ubiquitously, and so explosively. Gabbard officially began her campaign for president a mere three days ago, and already she’s become the front line upon which the debate about US warmongering is happening. Even if you oppose Gabbard’s run for the presidency, this should be self-evident to you by now.

Feb 07 12:52

Nanny State Hawaii May Increase Smoking Age To 100

Nothing good can ever come from the government dictating to people what they are allowed to put in their bodies, and that includes smoking. Are we free or not? Do we own ourselves or not? Governments assume they own us as tax cattle and therefore it’s their right to tell us how to live our lives. Unfortunately, too many bow down to the whims of the state while others enforce these nanny state policies.

Feb 06 13:43

TULSI 2020: Tulsi Gabbard Presidential Campaign, The ALOHA Launch - FULL SPEECH

Feb 06 10:01

Gabbard Reveals the Bankruptcy of American Left

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D – HI) is a perfect case study with what is wrong with American politics. She represents fairly standard Democratic party positions on issues like gay rights, gun control, health care and redistributive tax policy.

But on the crucial issue of foreign policy she’s a dissenter. And, from what I can figure out, this dissention comes from a principled position.

And that makes her persona non grata in the current political climate of partisanship.

Feb 06 09:59

Gabbard rejects ex-KKK wizard’s endorsement for 2020 election

Anti-war American lawmaker, Tulsi Gabbard, has rejected a 2020 endorsement by David Duke, a founder and former grand wizard of the notorious Ku Klux Klan (KKK).

“I have strongly denounced David Duke’s hateful views and his so-called ‘support’ multiple times in the past, and reject his support,” said the first Hindu member of US Congress in a statement to The Hill on Tuesday.

The Hawaii representative was endorsed by Duke on Twitter

“Tulsi Gabbard in 2020. Finally, a candidate for president who will really put America First?” he tweeted Monday.

Feb 05 13:14

NBC News, to Claim Russia Supports Tulsi Gabbard, Relies on Firm Just Caught Fabricating Russia Data for the Democratic Party

NBC NEWS PUBLISHED a predictably viral story Friday, claiming that “experts who track websites and social media linked to Russia have seen stirrings of a possible campaign of support for Hawaii Democrat Tulsi Gabbard.”

But the whole story was a sham: The only “expert” cited by NBC in support of its key claim was the firm New Knowledge, which just got caught by the New York Times fabricating Russian troll accounts on behalf of the Democratic Party in the Alabama Senate race to manufacture false accusations that the Kremlin was interfering in that election.

Feb 05 12:45

Teens fishing nearby recall victim was ‘calm’ moments after a shark bite at Hanalei

A Kauai firefighter suffered several large lacerations to his leg Monday afternoon after an apparent shark bite in Kauai’s Hanalei Bay.

Authorities closed the popular swimming and surfing spot after the incident, which happened about 1:45 p.m.

Kauai authorities said the surfer injured in the shark bite was in stable condition.

Feb 04 11:42

The Single Stupidest Argument In The Entire Stupid Salad Of Russiagate

The other day Hawaii congresswoman and Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard came out with what remains the strongest rejection of the Trump administration’s regime change interventionism in Venezuela out of anyone likely to run for the presidency in 2020.

“The United States needs to stay out of Venezuela,” Gabbard tweeted.

“Let the Venezuelan people determine their future. We don’t want other countries to choose our leaders? - ?so we have to stop trying to choose theirs.”

Boom. Unambiguous, unequivocal, and without any of the “Yeah Maduro is an evil monster, but” modifiers that other officials (including Bernie Sanders) have been prefacing their feeble objections to Trump’s campaign to topple the Venezuelan government with. Which of course outraged all the usual war pundits, including the Washington Post’s most reliable military-industrial complex fluffer Josh Rogin.

Feb 04 09:30

TULSI 2020: Tulsi Gabbard Presidential Campaign, The ALOHA Launch - Live from Hawaii, USA

Jan 23 16:32

This Is Beautiful Ala Moana Park About 9 am

Jan 21 13:43

PHOTOS: Hawaii catches a glimpse of the super blood wolf moon

Sky gazers in Hawaii were treated to a rare treat of a super blood wolf moon on Sunday and Monday.

The celestial phenomenon occurs when a total lunar eclipse happens at the same time as a super moon — and in January.

Jan 19 09:12

Tulsi Gabbard and the Great Foreign Policy Realignment

“There’s one main issue that is central to the rest, and that is the issue of war and peace.” Those were the words of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Democrat of Hawaii, appearing on CNN on January 12, as she threw her hat into the presidential ring.

Gabbard is one of the few Democrats in the 2020 mix who has experience as a combatant in war. Back in 2004, at the peak of fighting in Iraq, she volunteered for duty with the Hawaii National Guard as it was deployed to that country. So for her, as well as for all the other veterans of our recent wars of choice, America’s Middle East policy is more than an object for armchair strategizing.

Thus did Gabbard smile in agreement when CNN host Van Jones summarized her views as “hawk on terror, dove on regime change.” And most Americans would agree: that is, everybody wants an anti-terrorism policy, but few want more foreign wars and regime changes.

Jan 18 14:54

Tsunami: History, Tips for Preparation, and What the Future May Bring Us

I was born within the Pacific Ring of Fire. Where I grew up in the North Cascades, I could see volcanos from basically every room in the house. Sauk Mountain you could sometimes see the indentation at the top. Mount Baker was nearby, and steam was sometimes seen coming out of it. Of course, there was Mount Rainier as well, towering over Seattle. Part of the reason my Dad thought it was a good idea to move back to his home state of North Carolina was that between floods and all the possible volcanic eruptions, it did not seem like a great place to be in the long term.

Jan 18 09:36

'A blemish in his sanctuary': the battle behind Mark Zuckerberg's Hawaii estate

On 22 December 2016, a retired professor of Hawaiian studies named Carlos Andrade sent a letter to dozens of his relatives informing them that he was about to sue them.

The relatives were among hundreds of partial owners of four small parcels of land on the island of Kauai, the legacy of a shared ancestor named Manuel Rapozo. A neighboring landowner, Northshore Kalo LLC, was willing to pay the legal fees to clear up the title on the property – enabling Andrade to take full ownership and compensate his fellow descendants for their shares.

It wasn’t until nearly a month later that the Honolulu Star-Advertiser broke the news that Northshore Kalo LLC was not a taro farm, as some had assumed (“kalo” means “taro” in Hawaiian), but a shell corporation controlled by Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook founder was pursuing eight separate lawsuits related to parcels of land that, like the Rapozo parcels, were surrounded by his 700-acre Kauai estate.

Jan 17 12:27

Five Reasons I’m Excited About Tulsi Gabbard’s Candidacy

Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard has announced her intent to campaign for President of the United States, and the entire political spectrum is shitting bricks about it. Mainstream liberals and neocons are calling her a Putin puppet and Assad’s BFF, leftists and progressives are criticizing her associations with right-wing factions in India and anti-LGBT comments she made in the early 2000s, conspiracy analysts are criticizing her Council on Foreign Relations membership, and the Zionist elements of Trump’s base are openly promising to destroy her candidacy. A lot of others, myself included, got a lot more interested in the 2020 elections when she threw her hat in.

Jan 17 12:17

'Asian Trapped in a White Body': Hawaii Rep's Remark Stirs Public Outrage

A spokesman for Ed Case explained that the newly sworn-in congressman was referencing something that his Japanese-American wife says about him, but some accused him of trying to score political points by playing the race card.

Democratic Representative for Hawaii's first district Ed Case faced public backlash criticism for his comments on racial identity, prompting him to apologise.

"I'm an Asian trapped in a white body," Case claimed on Tuesday at a Washington, D.C. event dedicated to newly minted members of Congress with Asian American and Pacific Islander roots.

Jan 16 12:36

B-2 Bombers to Hawaii: Why This Should Be China's Nightmare

With China rising to become an ever greater threat to American dominance in the Pacific , the United States Air Force has started to rotate its premier long-range strike assets to the region as a counter to Beijing’s increasing belligerence.

Earlier this year, the Air Force deployed three Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit stealth bombers to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii in order to demonstrate America’s ability to hold any target on Earth at risk—including deep inside Chinese airspace.

Jan 14 13:50

CNN Hit Piece Shows Senior Democrats Are Really Miffed At Tulsi Gabbard

Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has been in the news a couple of times in the last week. She went after a clutch of Democrat Senators (Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, and fellow Hawaiian Mazie Hirono) over their creation of an actual religious test for federal court nominees: that is, if they are observant Catholics they are disqualified. This caused some of them to call foul:

Jan 14 13:38

Why This Iraq War Veteran Has Created Panic In The Democratic Party

Hawaiian Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard's just announced 2020 presidential bid has unleashed fury from both the right and the left, but more so from within her own party, and especially from corners long focused on regime change in Syria and who generally lobby for a more muscular "boots on the ground" foreign policy from Ukraine to Syria to Afghanistan. Some pundits have already gone so far as to say "keep an eye on her finances," suggesting illegal foreign campaign funding through Damascus or Moscow.

Jan 14 12:31

Auditor: Internal Docs Show HART Lied to Public About Rail Costs

In 2012, the City and County of Honolulu broke ground on a 20.1 mile elevated rail transit system extending from Kapolei to Ala Moana.

We found that, as the Honolulu Rail Transit Project progressed and costs swelled from $5.122 billion in 2012 to $9.188 billion in 2018, HART began reporting information to the public that often contradicted its own internal projections or differed from what it was telling the Federal Transit Administration.

We found that HART’s inaccurate reporting of its estimated costs to complete the Project and the estimated date by which it expected to begin full operations undermined the Board’s oversight, obscured the extent of the Project’s financial problems, and eroded public confidence.

Jan 12 10:13

Tulsi 2020: Anti-war Democrat says she’s running for US president

Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. The Samoan and Hindu congresswoman is an Iraq War veteran and an outspoken critic of US ‘regime change’ policy in Syria.

“I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week,” Gabbard told CNN’s Van Jones, the network revealed on Friday evening. The interview will air on Saturday evening.

“There are a lot of reasons for me to make this decision. There are a lot of challenges that are facing the American people that I'm concerned about and that I want to help solve,” she said, mentioning healthcare access, criminal justice reform and climate change as her key platform issues.

Jan 12 09:48

Tulsi Gabbard: Democrat says she will run for president in 2020

Tulsi Gabbard, the Democratic US representative from Hawaii, said she will run for president in 2020, CNN reported on Friday.

“I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week,” she said in an interview with CNN that is scheduled to air on Saturday.

Gabbard is a 37-year-old Iraq war veteran and the first Hindu and first Samoan-American elected to the US Congress. She said “the issue of war and peace” would be the main focus of her campaign.

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Go Tulsi!

Jan 11 09:53

Gabbard accuses Hirono, Democratic colleagues of religious bigotry

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard took aim at Democratic colleagues, including U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, accusing them of religious bigotry in their questioning of Brian Buescher, a nominee to the U.S. District Court of Nebraska, in an opinion piece published by The Hill yesterday.

Such a schism in Hawaii’s Democratic congressional delegation is highly unusual. Hirono’s office wasn’t told of the piece before it ran. In a statement issued today, Hirono called Gabbard’s opinion misguided and suggested it was influenced by arguments advanced by “right-wing ideologues.”

Jan 09 09:05

Reports: Hawaii being eyed as location for 2nd Trump summit with NKorea’s leader

There’s at least one Hawaii lawmaker who supports the idea of a Trump-Kim meeting in the islands.

Last March, state Rep. Gene Ward suggested just that as a way to start a dialogue with North Korea.

“Many in Hawaii, including myself, consider our island home to have the potential to be the ‘Geneva of the Pacific,’ a place where disputes can be settled," wrote Ward, in a letter to the White House.

Jan 07 08:08

Hawaii Island isn't itself anymore. Lava and quakes have transformed it in interesting ways

The island of Hawaii was created by five volcanoes. In 2018, one of them seemed intent on destroying parts of it.

Kilauea, which has been erupting continually since 1983 at a volcanic cone called Puu Oo Crater, threw a geological tantrum in the spring that buried hundreds of houses and covered roads in a remote location on the east side of the island.

It also created a cloak of vog (volcanic smog) that fouled the air, dulled the skies and scared away scores of tourists and, with them, nearly half-a-billion dollars.

Jan 05 12:05

These chefs are transforming Hawaii's food scene

The casual visitor to Hawaii may be surprised to learn that a number of French chefs have been reimagining the islands' cuisine by incorporating a variety of ingredients and culinary techniques that are traditionally associated with France.

This blending of distinct cooking styles has resulted in the creation of some delectable specialties that speak "aloha" with a French accent, ranging from fresh seafood dishes to inventive and delectable pastries.

Jan 03 09:26

Why are residents leaving Hawaii?

Moving away has always been a fact of life in our islands, but lately it’s been getting worse. For the second year in a row, the state’s population declined. Between July 2017 and July 2018, we lost an average of 10 people per day. Yes, there were more births than deaths. Yes, there were 4,075 people who migrated here from other countries. But we also lost 12,430 residents who moved to the mainland.

There’s no mystery as to why so many people move away. The Christophers, Michaels and thousands of others are very willing to tell their stories … and many of them have, via the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s Facebook page.

It comes down to opportunity. Hawaii is notorious for its high taxes and excessive regulations. Land-use laws have throttled development, and housing here is ridiculously expensive. Hawaii’s cost of living is the highest in the U.S., but policymakers are unwilling to reduce the taxes, fees and other economic barriers that contribute to the problem.

Jan 01 11:48

Mark Zuckerberg is suing Hawaiian land owners to secure his 700-acre island getaway

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is going to great lengths to protect his privacy on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, where he purchased a 700-acre plot of land in 2014 for more than $100 million. Starting last month, Zuckerberg began filing lawsuits against Hawaiian land owners who own small slices of his estate that were passed down from generation to generation, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. As many as eight suits have been filed against hundreds of people, some of whom are dead. Notably, this isn’t the first of the social network exec’s attempts to buy his privacy; Zuckerberg’s plan to teardown and rebuild four of his Palo Alto, California homes surrounding his primary residence was denied last September.

Dec 29 09:55

Nancy Pelosi is spotted vacationing at $899-a-night Hawaii hotel that has a 'Spa Without Walls' as White House blasts her for refusing to enter talks to end week-long government shutdown

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was spotted at a luxury hotel in Hawaii just before the partial government shutdown entered its seventh day Friday, with little sign of progress to end it.

The likely speaker didn't appear to miss out on any negotiations, as talks between the White House and Democratic congressional leaders appear to have ceased, even as hundreds of thousands of federal employees remain on furlough.

Pelosi's office says the White House hasn't contacted them since December 11, when Trump said at a tense meeting he would claim the 'mantle' of a shutdown.

The White House came out with a double-barreled attack on Pelosi Friday – not for being out of town, but for being unwilling to compromise and even claiming she was more interested in her own fortunes than protecting 'American lives.'

Dec 27 09:49

Surfboards count as 'vessels' under the Jones Act, and it's creating big problems for workers' comp

It turns out the nearly 100-year-old federal law doesn’t just apply to shipping vessels, but other qualifying vessels such as surfboards and kayaks, which negatively affects workers' compensation insurance for small businesses in Hawaii.

The Jones Act or “Merchant Marine Act of 1920” is a federal protectionist law that governs maritime activities and provides seamen with a personal injury negligence remedy. The federal law increases costs to ship owners and consumers by requiring shipping vessels transporting goods between U.S. ports to be built in and flagged by the U.S. and also to be 75 percent owned and crewed by Americans. The federal law not only increases the cost of living for Hawaii residents, but now it also affects small recreational water-sport businesses.

A simple change in the federal law to exclude recreational water-sport vessels from the Jones Act would reduce premium costs for businesses, which would only have to purchase and comply with state coverage rules.

Dec 24 13:42

Hawaii Population—First 2yr Decline Since Statehood

For the first time since statehood in 1959, Hawaii’s population declined for two consecutive years with fewer births, more deaths and a greater number of residents moving to the mainland.

The trend is alarming because without enough people economic growth could be affected, said Eugene Tian, state economist with Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

“That is something significant because with fewer people it helps a little bit in the housing shortage, but there will definitely be less spending consumption and that will reduce economic growth,” said Tian, adding that 70 percent of gross domestic product is due to consumer spending. “Because the U.S. economy in the last two years has been growing faster than in Hawaii, people are looking for more opportunities and a lower cost of living.”

Dec 17 11:16

Tulsi Gabbard: "I'm Seriously Considering" Running For President | Hardball | MSNBC

Dec 16 08:58

The Bolomet Effect...

Routh Bolomet's fight to save her land has not only exposed rampant corruption in the "real estate" industry in collusion with the "State of Hawaii" courts, but it's raised issues of international law. The memorandum issued by UN Independent Expert, Dr. Alfred deZayas confirmed what we have been saying for years: that the United States' presumption of sovereignty over the Hawaiian Islands is unlawful, and that Hawaii is, as Dr. deZayas put it, under a "strange form of occupation."

Dec 12 11:50

Tulsi Gabbard Is Reaching Out to Staffers for Possible 2020 Run

The Hawaii Democrat, who has made visits to the first two voting states of the presidential primary, is looking to tap the same progressive firm that helped Bernie in 2016.

Dec 10 09:48

Planning for climate change to the sound of ‘ka-ching’

One constant in our city is that money always seems to excuse absurdity.

We saw it when Mayor Kirk Caldwell ripped the Trump administration for denying the dire warnings of its National Climate Assessment, only to practice his own climate denial when it came to Honolulu rail and the development around it.

It would be unthinkable, he said, to take advantage of new climate knowledge and stop rail at Middle Street or reroute it along Beretania Street to the University of Hawaii instead of continuing to aim it at a future swamp in Kakaako and Ala Moana.

“The investment, the infrastructure, the real property values are just too tremendous to do that,” he said. Even if all the money ends up underwater, apparently.

Dec 07 08:51

FDR provoked the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

Dec 03 10:37

Police Report ‘Threat’ Against State Women’s Commission Director was Fake—Timed to Coincide with Renewal of Employment Contract

On Friday, September 21, officers from the Honolulu Police Department and the state sheriff’s office responded to a call regarding a purported threat of physical violence against Khara Jabola-Carolus, executive director of Hawaii’s State Commission on the Status of Women.

After investigating the incident, police concluded that there had been no physical threat….

Dec 03 10:36

Feds Investigating Rail After ‘Breathtaking’ Cost Increases

Officials with the city, state and federal governments who spoke on condition that they not be identi­fied told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that they are aware of the federal inquiry, which involves the Honolulu branch of the U.S. Attorney’s office. An investigator with the state Attorney General’s office is also involved, according to multiple sources….

Sources who describe the interest from federal authorities as an investigation were unsure what aspect of the rail project is under scrutiny….

Some of the cost increases within the project budget have been breathtaking. HART documents show the budget for professional services such as engineering, project management and construction management for rail ballooned from $1.183 billion in 2012 to more than $2.08 billion today.

Another budget category called “sitework and special conditions,” which includes utility relocation work, increased from $1.1 billion in 2012 to more than $2.54 billion today….

Nov 16 02:51

Honest Government Advert | Visit Hawai'i

Nov 12 12:23

Bruno Mars to provide Thanksgiving meals for 24K in Hawaii

Bruno Mars will mark the end of his massive "24K Magic World Tour" by providing meals to 24,000 Hawaii residents in need for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Hawaiian-born singer announced Sunday he has donated money for the food to the Salvation Army's Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division, which hosts an annual Thanksgiving meal program to help those in need.

Mars is set to perform the final show of his 200-date tour at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu on Sunday. It is his third consecutive night at the 50,000-seat venue.

Oct 23 11:12

Hawaii Civics 101: What's A ConCon?

Oct 18 10:21

Hawaii public teachers’ salaries misrepresented

A widely cited study issued last month by WalletHub erroneously stated that Hawaii public school teachers make a starting salary of only $24,409 when adjusted for cost of living, supposedly lowest in the nation.

In reality, Hawaii teachers make starting salaries that are $35,140 when adjusted for the cost of living, which is above the national average.

In response to a request for information from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, WalletHub said it assumed a cost-of-living index for Hawaii of 188.3. It attributed that number to a report by the Council for Community and Economic Research,[1] which catalogues cost-of-living indices of urban areas nationally.

Oct 13 10:24

Audit the Hawaii Light Rail

Back then, in February 2015, the estimated cost for the Honolulu rail was $6 billion, and Atkinson said that was much too low. Atkinson also said she would be surprised if the rail were finished “in under 30 years for under $20 billion.”

Initially, I thought she was exaggerating. But now when I look at the largely ineffective battle by the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) to control its costs, it occurs to me that she might have been right. A recent analysis by the Federal Transit Administration found that the project is costing more than HART anticipated. This, of course, is no surprise: In 2012 the city’s funding agreement with the FTA put the cost at $5.26 billion and completion by 2020, while the latest estimate is $9 billion and completion by 2025.

Oct 13 10:23

Outside In: The Trump administration’s plan to remake the Middle East

The only promise that is new about the promised peace plan is the way it will be forced on the Palestinians: no one has promised that the plan itself will be new. With Saudi Arabia and Egypt—the outside—brought onside with the promise of continued military aid despite their crimes against humanity and violations of international law and the Palestinians weakened by being silenced, economically crushed and stripped of any friends to help them, the United States and Israel are now free to attempt to impose a peace plan on the Palestinians.

Oct 12 09:30

Why we joined the ‘surcharge’ lawsuit

Shakespeare said that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet — proof that he wasn’t a lawyer … or a politician. Either of them would tell you that a “surcharge” smells a lot better to voters than a “tax.”

And that’s one of the problems with the ballot measure to raise taxes for public education.

The actual wording of the proposal that goes before Hawaii voters Nov. 6 is, “Shall the legislature be authorized to establish, as provided by law, a surcharge on investment real property to be used to support public education?”

You’ll notice that not only does it not define the term “investment real property” or what precisely will be funded in public education, but it also doesn’t use the word “tax.”

That may seem like a little thing, but consider if the question was worded more accurately: “Shall the legislature be given a new constitutional power to raise taxes on real property for state use?”

Oct 08 08:33

Senator Hirono Doesn't Understand 'Corroboration,' Won't Condemn Attacks On Republicans

Hirono's assertion that there was corroborating evidence that supported Ford's story is false, as prosecutor Rachel Mitchell specifically noted in her 5-page memo on Ford's testimony. All the witnesses Ford claims exist have "either refuted her allegations or failed to corroborate them."

Hirono later suggested that the presumption of innocence should not apply to Kavanaugh because "this is not a court of law" and said that the FBI's investigation was a "sham."

"I want to ask you about the atmosphere. The president and Republicans, what they are saying is that Democratic protesters are -- quote -- 'an angry mob,'" Bash said as Hirono laughed. And what I want to ask you about is, you know, it is one thing to protest at the Supreme Court, to do it at the Capitol. That's been done for generations and, frankly, since the founding of this country."

Oct 05 10:22

Hawaii volcano eruption ALERT: Kilauea volcano wakes up - Fissure 8 sparks ORANGE ALERT

Kilauea has once again started to show activity, after a month of rapid calm and relative stillness.

The USGS has recently put out their daily report monitoring the volcano, and have noted smoke emerging from one of the previously active fissures.

Fissure 8, which was explosive during Kilauea’s last eruption, has been spotted fuming over the last few days.

The report has not mentioned the composition of the fumes, but lava activity from within the fissures is likely what caused it.

Sep 28 13:07

The Community in Hawaii Stepped In Beautifully When the Government Failed to Help People Displaced by a Volcano

The volcano didn’t start slowing down its eruptions until August. P?hoa in the Puna District was especially affected, leaving residents in a constant state of uncertainty.

And of course, the government failed to provide sufficient relief.

It’s no secret that the government – more specifically – FEMA, often fails to act adequately or quickly enough when disaster strikes. FEMA has been cited in on-the-ground reports to turn community help away when people bring food, citing ridiculous regulations. Yet some of the food they provided after Hurricane Matthew was allegedly mal-nourishing and didn’t meet basic calorie requirements. To make matters worse, a year after the hurricane, the crumbling infrastructure still needed repair and families still needed help – yet FEMA froze the Matthew fund, to send those monies to other, more pressing hurricane relief efforts.

Sep 28 08:46

The 60 Minutes Deception Vince Foster

I stopped watching 60 Minutes over 20 years ago, after watching a segment about something I was very informed about. After watching how 60 Minutes reported the segment, it was like a light bulb coming on in my head ! I knew instantly that 60 Minutes was NOT the "Crusader of Facts" that I thought they were. I began to wonder how many times 60 Minutes might have distorted the truth on untold numbers of segments I had watched over the years! I guess you can say I became a 'conspiracy theorist' from that day forward. I do my own research now, and I don't trust one source.?
Note: If you have watched this it would be rewarding to watch again. If it is the first time it is a must.

Sep 27 11:09

Censure and Remove Senator Mazie Hirono

On behalf of the people of the State of Hawaii , we decry, disown and condemn the public remarks of our elected U.S. Senator , Mazie Hirono , regarding Federal Judge Bret Kavanaugh and his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court . Her public remarks are a disgrace to the people of Hawaii and do not represent our sentiments towards Judge Kavanaugh or President Trump . We collectively call upon Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee leader Senator Chuck Grassley , to immediately remove Senator Hirono from her position on the Senate Judiciary Committee and further , to censure her for her intemperate remarks and clear disdain for United States Constitution and Congressional processes . We collectively declare that Senator Hirono's remarks and behaviors bring great shame to the State of Hawaii whom she was elected to represent

Sep 25 10:19

2 New Tours Offered As Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Reopens

Travelers anxious to visit the newly reopened Hawaii Volcanoes National Park can take advantage of two new tours being offered by KapohoKine Adventures, the company announced Sept. 24.

“Expect to see a dramatically different Kilauea Caldera that now showcases a new, massive 1,000-plus-foot-deep crater that just recently held a lava lake,” the company said in a news release. “The anticipation of what will be discovered will vary daily as the park continues to reopen in phases based on infrastructure conditions.”

Sep 25 08:28

The Community in Hawaii Stepped In When the Govt Failed to Help People Displaced by a Volcano

People living in Hawaii weren’t happy with the “solutions” provided by the government for people displaced by Kilauea’s lengthy eruption. So instead of complaining, they banded together as a community and solved the problem themselves.

Sep 24 10:27

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park reopens after Kilauea eruption

A national park in Hawaii has reopened after being closed for more than four months because of Kilauea volcano’s latest eruption, which caused widespread damage to park infrastructure and dramatically changed its landscape.

Sep 21 11:24

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Reopen This Weekend – Without Any Lava

Months after eruptions at the Big Island's Kilauea volcano forced the record-long closure of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the popular tourist destination will reopen Saturday without one key element — lava.

Back in April, a massive lava lake continued to boil and bubble at the park until eruptions beginning in May emptied the lake entirely of its molten rock. Now, all that remains is a large, gaping hole.

"Beginning in May, 2018, the lava lake that existed inside Halema‘uma‘u crater disappeared and lava flows from Pu?u ???? crater have ceased," the park warned on its website. "There is no molten lava or lava glow to see anywhere in or out of the park."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Claire and I were lucky to have visited the volcano while there were active lava flows!

Sep 20 10:51

Volcanic explosions shut down this national park. It’s about to reopen — without any lava.

For the last decade, a cauldron stewed inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

A giant lake of churning lava, over 500 feet across and hundreds of feet deep, drew visitors from around the planet to the lake's eerie red glow, visible at night as the sun set beyond Hawaii's Big Island. Just in April, the burgeoning lava lake overflowed its banks and spilled onto the floor of the volcano's summit.

But over four months later, the scorching lake is gone. Following an onslaught of volcanic quaking and explosions this summer, it drained, completely.

Sep 17 13:20

Welcome to the Fur Seasons! Hawaii cat sanctuary that's home to 600 feral felines becomes a top tourist attraction

A Hawaii cat sanctuary that's home to 600 feral felines has become a full-blown tourist attraction known as the 'Fur Seasons'.

Kathy 'Kat' Carroll had the idea to open the sanctuary after she moved to the small island of Lanai in 2001 and was shocked to find hundreds of homeless and starving cats roaming the island.

Nearly two decades later, those cats are living a much easier life enjoying regular meals, massages and more than enough attention thanks to Lanai Cat Sanctuary.

Sep 16 12:13

Hawaii volcano update: Evacuation notice LIFTED - What is Kilauea doing now?

HAWAII was once under the fiery influence of the Kilauea volcano, which spouted metric tonnes of lava across the Big Island. Recently, Kilauea has calmed down, allowing evacuation notices to be rescinded, but what is it doing now?

Sep 15 10:23

Portions of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to reopen next week

Portions of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will reopen next week.

On Friday, park officials said reopened portions including the Kilauea Visitor Center, the Kilauea Iki Overlook, and a stretch of the Crater Rim Trail between Volcano House and the Kilauea Military Camp.

The park closed in May amid explosive eruptions at Kilauea's summit.

But in recent weeks, those eruptions have quieted — though officials haven't said whether they believe they've stopped entirely.

Sep 13 12:08

Iran WARNING: US tells airlines not to fly through airspace as WW3 fears rise

The advisory also warns military activities linked to the bloody conflict in Syria have been ramped across Iran's airspace.

Tensions between Tehran and Washington are running high following Donald Trump’s controversial decision to pull out of the landmark Iran nuclear deal re-introduce economic sanctions last month.

Flight Service Bureau, which provides safety information on airspace to airlines, said "without seeming alarmist", the deteriorating relationship between the US and Iran must be taken into account when planning flights in Iran's airspace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is getting just about as serious as is a heart attack: I find myself very alarmed at these developments.

Sep 10 10:32

Hawaii Volcano Update – Collapses Observed At Pu’u O’o

A series of small collapses produced episodes of visible brown plume throughout the day on Saturday, as scientists continue to monitor Kilauea Volcano.

Sep 07 11:18

Heavily damaged Jaggar Museum will not reopen at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Jaggar Museum, one of the busiest locations at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, will not reopen after sustaining severe structural damage from tens of thousands of earthquakes that occurred May through August.

Sep 06 08:15

In 1999, Judge Kavanaugh wrote an op-ed and amicus brief that disparaged the Native Hawaiian community. He wrongly asserts that Native Hawaiians are not an indigenous community.

Sep 05 08:33

For nations with strict gun laws, this little shooting range in Hawaii is a haven for tourists

There’s the A Course, which is a basic package of three handguns and 36 shots for $79. The C Course is the most popular, Pang said. It’s like a combo meal for gun enthusiasts: three handguns, three rifles and 55 rounds for $149. The super-sized option features more exotic fare, including a 9-millimeter Uzi.

Sep 04 10:30

Hawaii Volcanoes Park Could Reopen Several Areas Soon

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is on track to reopen several areas later this month after closing in May because of the Kilauea volcano eruption, park officials said.

The National Park Service is planning to reopen several trails, roads and popular sites at the Big Island park on Sept. 22, including the Kilauea Visitor Center, the Kilauea Iki Overlook, and a stretch of the Crater Rim Trail between Volcano House and the Kilauea Military Camp, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Saturday.

"I think some of our most popular areas and most-driven roads will be open again," said Ben Hayes, the park's director of interpretation.

Sep 03 08:03

Hanalei: New Flooding Sets back Kuhio Hwy Repairs

Project timelines and estimated costs for emergency repairs to Kuhio Highway from the April 2018 flooding will be reassessed following the recent flooding due to remnants of Tropical Cyclone Lane. The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) estimated the repairs would be completed in October at a cost of $80 million.

Sep 03 07:14

The Beatification of John McCain

The eulogies for the recently deceased John McCain, a US Senator for Arizona, have been plentiful, and so far as the American mainstream media is concerned, they have verged on the hagiographic. He has been variously described as a “patriot”, a “war hero” and a “defender of freedom”. Most perplexingly, McCain was lauded as a “warrior for peace”.

Sep 02 10:07

Kilauea Volcano Summit Update – National Park Opening Details

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is still closed, but the superintendent has set a goal of reopening some closed areas by September 22.

A National Park Service geomorphology team began evaluating the stability of areas damaged or potentially weakened by earthquakes. Results will determine where it will be safe for visitors to go.

Aug 29 10:43

Kilauea volcano eruption: Hawaii volcano at LOWEST activity since 2007

HAWAII has recently drawn the short straw with natural disasters, as hurricane season enters off the back of a major volcanic eruption. As Kilauea hits its lowest activity in recent years, has it stopped erupting?

Aug 27 10:36

Lane brought record rain to Hawaii, but lost its wallop

Hurricane Lane secured its place in the history books before it quickly dissipated into a tropical storm and moved off from Hawaii. The storm caused damage, mostly on the Big Island, where rivers raged near Hilo and nearly 40 people had to be rescued from homes.

There were no deaths from the storm, which had the potential to cause much more destruction.

Aug 27 09:51

Massive sinkhole forms in Haiku, Maui after rain associate with Lane drenches the island

Aug 26 09:42

'I was so scared.' Some lose everything as Lane floods part of Hawaii island

Aug 25 09:35

Hawaii’s Hurricane Lane flooding laid bare in shocking drone VIDEO

Striking new drone footage captured from above the Hawaiian town of Hilo shows the scale of devastating flooding after Hurricane Lane tore through the Pacific Islands on Friday.

Thousands were left without power after torrential downpour dumped 35 inches of rain across Big Island in just 48 hours. Video filmed from the air above the coastal town of Hilo shows extensive flooding around built-up areas as a layer of grey cloud hangs ominously low over the land.

Aug 25 09:33

Wildfires and Catastrophic Flooding: Lane’s Wrath Continues in Hawaii

Even as its core was being pulled apart by strong wind shear on Friday, Hurricane Lane (demoted to a tropical storm on Friday evening) continued to trigger an array of havoc across the Hawaiian Islands. Torrential rains were spreading northward across Oahu to Maui after Lane’s outer rainbands dropped more than 30” on parts of the Big Island, where flooding was described by the Central Pacific Hurricane Center as “catastrophic”. Meanwhile, two fast-moving wildfires broke out on Friday in the drier downslope flow along Maui’s west coast, causing at least one injury.

Aug 24 10:29

Hurricane Lane scoots closer to Oahu, while ‘catastrophic flooding’ hits Hawaii’s Big Island

The Category 2 hurricane, packing winds of 110 mph, is positioned about 180 miles southwest of Honolulu and is crawling to the north around 5 mph. The peak winds are on a down trend which is expected to continue. Rain – more than wind – has proven to be the storm’s greatest menace.

Aug 24 09:39

Hawaiian Electric: Prepare for power outages

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Along with storm damage, here on Oahu all the electricity is from oil-fired generators. They don't stockpile a lot of oil but reply on a steady flow of ships bringing it in... which cannot get through the storm right now. We expect to be on candle power soon.

Aug 24 07:49

Five tourists are rescued from their flooded holiday home in Hawaii as Hurricane Lane dumps 31 INCHES of rain on the Big Island, while residents on the main islands brace for 120mph winds and more downpours

Five tourists have been rescued from a flooded holiday home in Hawaii as Hurricane Lane turns north after dumping 31 inches of rain on the Big Island in a matter of hours.

Emergency crews helped the California vacationers from a villa they were renting in the picturesque town of Hilo after a nearby gulch spilled over on Thursday.

Suzanne Demerais described the tiny waterfall and small stream that was flowing near the home when she and four friends from the Los Angeles first arrived - a stark contrast from the torrent it has become in just 24 hours.

Hawaii County firefighters, who were in touch with the home's owner, decided to evacuate the group before the water rose further, floating the visitors out on their backs.

Forecasters have warned the storm will dump rain at a rate of one to three inches per hour over portions of Hawaii's main islands late on Friday as it crawls northward.

Aug 23 18:48

Hurricane #Lane has been downgraded to a Category 3, but is still a major hurricane.

Impacts will not change: wind gusts, major life threatening flash flooding, and damaging surf.

Aug 23 11:18

Heavy rains pound Big Island as Cat 4 Lane barrels toward Hawaii

Much of the state remains under a hurricane warning as Lane continues its slow march toward the islands as a massive Category 4 storm.

Kauai County, meanwhile, is under a hurricane watch.

The hurricane warning, in effect for the Big Island, Maui County and Oahu, means hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours, while a hurricane watch is issued when hurricane conditions are possible within 48 hours.

The heavy rain that started on Tuesday continued through Wednesday morning, triggering flooding and landslides in some spots and forcing the closure of Highway 19 — in Hilo and Honomu — as well as Bayfront Highway in Hilo and several other roadways.

The National Weather Service said several rain gauges showed over a foot of rain on the Big Island in the last 24 hours, with one rain gauge showing 17 inches.

Aug 23 09:35

Hawaii braces for impact of monster Hurricane Lane: US Navy ships and submarines leave port as 100mph Category Four storm begins to lash the outer islands and residents stockpile food

Hawaii residents emptied store shelves Wednesday, claimed the last sheets of plywood to board up windows and drained gas pumps as Hurricane Lane churned toward the state.

The category 4 storm could slam into the islands Thursday with winds exceeding 100 mph, making it the most powerful storm to hit Hawaii since Hurricane Iniki in 1992.

The National Weather Service said a hurricane warning was issued for Maui County, the Big Island and Oahu and hurricane watch was in effect for Kauai.

U.S. Navy ships and submarines based in Hawaii have been instructed to leave port to avoid damage

Aug 23 09:20

Waive Jones Act for Hawaii for Hurricane Lane

As Hawaii waits to see what devastation Hurricane Lane may bring to its shores, Keli‘i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, is calling on the federal government to issue the state a temporary waiver from the Jones Act before any damage is done.

“The hurricane has not made contact with all the islands as of yet,” Akina said on Wednesday, “but lawmakers should take the necessary steps to prepare for the worst. By waiving us from the Jones Act before Hurricane Lane hits, ships will be able to bring supplies and aid as they make their already-scheduled transits.”

Waiving the Jones Act for areas affected by hurricane disasters has had explicit positive results. Waivers contributed to reducing the number of gas stations experiencing fuel outages in Florida after Hurricane Irma by more than 60 percent, according to GasBuddy. They’ve also helped stabilize fuel prices across the nation, preventing bigger price spikes.

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Section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act is known as the Jones Act and deals with cabotage (coastwise trade) and requires that all goods transported by water between U.S. ports be carried on U.S.-flag ships, constructed in the United States, owned by U.S. citizens, and crewed by U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents.[2] The act was introduced by Senator Wesley Jones.

Aug 23 09:16

Heavy rain from Hurricane Lane triggers flash floods in East Hawaii

Aug 22 09:51

Hurricane Warning Issued For Hawaii Island (Aug. 21, 2018)

Aug 22 08:18

Hurricane Lane GROUNDS 'Hurricane Hunter' Aircraft! - Powerful CAT 4

Aug 21 10:44

Staying at the Volcano House, Hawaii

Helen van Berkel checks into the Volcano House, Hawaii.

Getting there: It's about an hour's flight from Honolulu, followed by a 45-minute drive.

The check-in experience: A mimosa served at check-in quickly wipes away the dust of the road.

Price: About $455 a night. And worth it when it reopens. Volcano House sits in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where Kilauea has been erupting since May, closing the park and the house. The website says bookings are being taken but it will not reopen until September 15 at the earliest.

The accommodation: It's an old-style lodge, complete with occasionally creaky floors and stairs, sash windows and an open fire in the cosy lobby. Its old-fashioned decor adds to the elegance The facilities: It's old-school the whole way here: tiled showers and a sliding door to the walk-in wardrobe area.

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Claire playing the koa wood piano at volcano house.

Aug 21 09:12

Hurricane Lane latest: Hawaii on ALERT - ‘Plan for the WORST and hope for the BEST'

HAWAII has been told to “prepare for the worst and hope for the best” as Hurricane Lane barrels across the Pacific Ocean with destructive winds of up to 150mph.

Aug 20 10:16

Hurricane Lane expected to take northwest turn; forecasters warn of heavy rain, flooding

The latest 5-day forecast map for Lane shows the storm weakening but moving northwest by midweek, placing Oahu and Kauai in the track’s so-called “cone of uncertainty.”

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