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  • Colorado couple sues Hilton Hawaiian Village over bedbug dispute

    09/21/2014 10:00:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 62 replies
    Pacific Business News ^ | Sep 19, 2014 | Jason Ubay
    A Colorado couple are suing the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa, alleging that the resort had a bedbug problem and failed to tell them about it last year when they stayed at the hotel. Aaron and Sharon Tucker of Aurora County, Colorado, booked their stay at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on July 30, 2013, and were not told about a bedbug infestation, they said in the lawsuit. The couple claim they suffered from bedbug bites during their stay from Aug. 24-31, 2013, and claim they continued to be bitten after returning home, ... A search through bedbugregistry.com found...
  • Democrats Block Bill to Stop Americans Who Join ISIS from Returning to US

    09/20/2014 3:09:29 PM PDT · by walford · 26 replies
    The Minority Report ^ | 09/19/2014 | Staff
    WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today asked for unanimous consent on his bill, the Expatriate Terrorist Act of 2014, that would strip Americans who join ISIS of their citizenship. Senator Hirono, D-Hawaii, objected. In his remarks offering the bill, Sen. Cruz discussed the rising threat of ISIS, his concerns with President Obama’s plans to arm the Free Syrian Army, and the support then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton once gave to legislation, introduced in 2010 by former Senators Joe Lieberman and Scott Brown, that closely mirrors the ETA of 2014. Specifically Sen. Cruz said: “All too often the...
  • Dems block Cruz bill to strip U.S. citizenship from Islamic State defectors

    09/18/2014 5:08:33 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 51 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 18 Sep 2014 | David Sherfinski
    Sen. Ted Cruz tried to get the Senate to consider a measure Thursday providing that any American who joins the fight with terrorist groups such as the Islamic State would immediately renounce their U.S. citizenship, but a Democratic senator objected, saying more time is necessary to weigh the significant constitutional issues it raises. Ahead of the Senate’s scheduled consideration Thursday afternoon of a proposal to arm and train Syrian rebels, part of President Obama’s strategy to combat the terrorist group, the Texas Republican asked for unanimous consent to pass the Expatriate Terrorist Act he introduced earlier this month. The measure...
  • Breaking: (New) Gov't Report: Obamacare Funds Abortions

    09/16/2014 5:24:04 AM PDT · by xzins · 60 replies
    CBN ^ | September 16, 2014 | John Jessup
    A new government report confirms what pro-life advocates have long feared: President Obama's health care reform law allows for taxpayer-funded abortions. In a report to Congress, the Government Accountability Office found 28 states with no laws restricting qualified health plans that limit abortion coverage. In Massachusetts, only two of the 111 state-approved plans comply with the historic Hyde Amendment, which prohibits abortion funding except in cases of rape or incest. Five states (Connecticut, Hawaii, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont) don't offer any qualified plans that follow Hyde's precedent, in place since 1977. That directly contradicts the president's 2010 executive...
  • Pahoa within Pele’s grasp | Hawaii Tribune-Herald:

    09/15/2014 3:10:21 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 18 replies
    Hilo Tribune Herald ^ | Monday Sept. 15th , 2014 | Tom Callis
    Kalapana. Royal Gardens. And now … Pahoa? With a lava flow advancing steadily toward Pahoa village, Kilauea appears poised to claim yet another community as part of its 31-year-long eruption.
  • FEMA denies Hawaii’s post-storm disaster request

    08/28/2014 11:33:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 29, 2014 12:02 AM EDT | Jennifer Sinco Kelleher
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Thursday denied Hawaii’s request for a major disaster declaration after Tropical Storm Iselle. Iselle made landfall over the Big Island’s isolated and rural Puna region nearly three weeks ago, knocking down trees and power lines. FEMA denied the request because “it has been determined that the damage from this event was not of such severity and magnitude to go beyond the capabilities of the state, affected local governments and voluntary agencies,” the agency wrote to the state Thursday. …
  • Hawaii used kids as guinea pig for sex ed: state rep

    08/26/2014 6:49:27 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 27 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/25/14 | Rita Diller
    Led by state representative Bob McDermott, outraged parents in Hawaii continue to fight valiantly to get an explicit sex instruction program coauthored by Planned Parenthood out of their middle schools. Rep. McDermott has just released his second meticulously researched report detailing the impropriety of the curriculum and violations of state and federal law regarding the testing and implementation of the program. At the same time, television ads have begun airing that feature a Hawaiian grandmother extolling the virtues of Pono Choices—dubbed Porno Choices by those who are familiar with the content. It is the first instance of which we are...
  • This Obama Administration Proposal Would Effectively Authorize Some Americans Seceding

    08/26/2014 11:22:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 45 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | August 26, 2014 | Hans von Spakovsky
    In its latest assault on the U.S. Constitution, the Obama administration is proposing to recognize so-called “Native” Hawaiians as an Indian tribe entitled to separate and become an independent sovereign and to “reestablish” a “government-to-government relationship between the United State and the Native Hawaiian community.”Such an unconstitutional action would amount to authorizing secession for certain residents of Hawaii.It would also implicitly authorize government-sanctioned, discriminatory conduct against any other residents who don’t meet the explicit ancestry and blood-quantum requirements to be considered a “Native.” This would balkanize Hawaii, dividing the islands into separate racial and ethnic enclaves, and undo “the...
  • Hawaii's governor defeated in primaries clouded by storms

    08/10/2014 7:10:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 10, 2014 | BY MALIA MATTOCK MCMANUS
    Incumbent Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie was soundly defeated in the state's Democratic primary, results showed on Sunday. The loss by Abercrombie, who had been endorsed by Hawaii-born President Barack Obama, marked the first defeat for an incumbent Democratic governor in Hawaii since it was granted statehood in 1959, potentially re-arranging the political landscape before the U.S. general election in November. Final results showed Abercrombie with 30.8 percent of the votes and the winner, state Senator David Ige, with 66.1 percent.
  • Dems in Disarray: Hawaii governor ousted in primary

    08/10/2014 11:10:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/10/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    It’s only a matter of time before the political press picks up on this episode as part of a narrative about the larger Democratic Civil War… right? On Saturday night, The Aloha State’s Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie lost the battle for his party’s gubernatorial nomination to state Sen. David Ige. Badly. With 99 percent of precincts reporting as of this writing, Igy won 67.4 percent of Democratic primary vote compared to just 31.5 percent for Abercrombie. The governor’s loss was not unexpected as public opinion surveys in even this difficult to poll state had unmistakably shown for several weeks that...
  • Hawaii's Governor Ousted in Stunning Primary Loss [Obama's Boy LOSES!]

    08/10/2014 6:39:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    ABC ^ | 8/10/14 | CATHY BUSSEWITZ and JULIET WILLIAMS
    A 40-year political career came to a close after Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie lost his bid for a second term in a stunning primary-election defeat by a fellow Democrat and state senator who defied party leadership to challenge the incumbent. A second intraparty fight for U.S. Senate was too close to call. State Sen. David Ige, once seen as an underdog, cruised to a decisive 35 percentage point win in Saturday's primary after being dramatically outspent by Abercrombie, who also had high-profile endorsements including President Barack Obama. Ige said his win "proves that people power can be money power, especially...
  • Hawaii governor defeated, senator struggling in Democratic primary (Big Island Yet to Vote)

    08/10/2014 4:55:46 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 22 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 10, 2014 | Kurtis Lee
    Hawaii’s Gov. Neil Abercrombie was defeated and U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz was fighting to avoid a similar ousting Saturday after a Democratic primary vote that occurred as the state cleaned up from Tropical Storm Iselle and awaited an incoming hurricane. State Sen. David Ige took a broad lead over Abercrombie from the earliest returns Saturday night, and the incumbent conceded publicly little more than three hours after the polls closed. The Senate contest was a dead heat late into the night; at one point Rep. Colleen Hanabusa and Schatz were separated by a mere 11 votes.
  • Hawaii Dems face tough battles for gov, Senate

    08/09/2014 5:24:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 9, 2014 3:32 AM EDT | Cathy Bussewitz
    As the final days of campaigning drew to a close in Hawaii’s dramatic primary races, a pair of hurricanes thrashed toward the islands. The storms posed considerable risk, but for Gov. Neil Abercrombie, they also represented an opportunity to cast himself as a steady leader with a strong emotional connection to people in the state. […] … The incumbent governor faces a surprisingly strong challenge from a fellow Democrat and early voting was heavily encouraged. It’s not the only race splitting the Democratic Party establishment. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is challenging U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz to determine who will fill the...
  • Hawaii Dems face tough battles for gov, Senate

    08/09/2014 5:24:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 9, 2014 3:32 AM EDT | Cathy Bussewitz
    As the final days of campaigning drew to a close in Hawaii’s dramatic primary races, a pair of hurricanes thrashed toward the islands. The storms posed considerable risk, but for Gov. Neil Abercrombie, they also represented an opportunity to cast himself as a steady leader with a strong emotional connection to people in the state. […] … The incumbent governor faces a surprisingly strong challenge from a fellow Democrat and early voting was heavily encouraged. It’s not the only race splitting the Democratic Party establishment. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is challenging U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz to determine who will fill the...
  • Hawaii storms: Iselle set for direct hit; Julio looms behind

    08/07/2014 10:40:12 AM PDT · by Justice · 78 replies
    CNN ^ | August 7 | Ben Brumfield, Jason Hanna
    <p>Hawaiians are preparing for a potentially devastating one-two tropical cyclone punch, starting with Hurricane Iselle, which in a rarity for the state could make direct landfall Thursday evening.</p> <p>Iselle, on track to pass over the Big Island of Hawaii as a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 80 mph, could bring up to 12 inches of rain, life-threatening storm surges, flash floods and mudslides, forecasters say.</p>
  • Obama supports Hawaii’s governor in radio ad

    07/24/2014 1:53:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 23, 2014 7:30 PM EDT
    Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie launched a radio ad Wednesday featuring President Barack Obama supporting the governor’s bid for re-election. In the ad, Obama uses the Hawaiian word for family, saying Abercrombie is “like ohana to me.” The president says Abercrombie knew his parents “before I was a twinkle in their eye.” Obama says the governor has made gutsy decisions leading Hawaii, tackled a budget crisis, made smart investments in education and fought for middle class and working families. …
  • Meet the Republican Who Could Take Hawaii Away From Democrats

    07/12/2014 11:12:36 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 27 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 9, 2014 | Emily Schultheis
    The Republican nominee for governor of Hawaii stepped to the podium at a fundraiser for the state GOP, greeted by cheers and a standing ovation. Duke Aiona is the man who "will win, can win," a state senator insisted as he introduced the nominee. And the 200 donors and supporters in the audience apparently agreed. "I feel so confident right now," Aiona said in a pavilion lit by tiki torches, nestled in a valley on Oahu's North Shore. "This is a statement in and of itself, to have so many people here supporting the Republican Party." It's an odd sentiment...
  • Native Hawaiians to Federal Government: Give Us Back Our Kingdom

    07/11/2014 8:44:48 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 45 replies
    NBC News Online ^ | July 11, 2014 | Frances Kai-Hwa Wang
    The federal government posed a series of questions to Native Hawaiians, with whom it's seeking to reestablish nation-to-nation status. The answer it received, to all, was a resounding "no." This week, the Department of the Interior wrapped up two weeks of public meetings in Hawaii soliciting input from the Native Hawaiian community on setting up a similar structure to the one it has with Native American tribes. Kale Gumapac was one of the 130 people who signed up to speak in Hilo on the island of Hawaii. “[On] the questions that you raised for everyone to answer. It’s a trap,"...
  • First Potentially Habitable Earth-Sized Planet Confirmed By Gemini And Keck Observatories

    07/08/2014 4:08:20 PM PDT · by robowombat · 24 replies
    Space Daily ^ | Apr 23, 2014
    First Potentially Habitable Earth-Sized Planet Confirmed By Gemini And Keck Observatories by Staff Writers Hilo HI (SPX) Apr 23, 2014 The artist's concept depicts Kepler-186f, the first validated Earth-size planet orbiting a distant star in the habitable zone-a range of distances from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that Earth-size planets exist in the habitable zone of other stars and signals a significant step closer to finding a world similar to Earth. The artistic concept of Kepler-186f is the result of scientists and artists collaborating to help...
  • NASA preps 'flying saucer' for high-altitude test flight (LDSD launch)

    06/28/2014 11:34:56 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 67 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 28JUN2014 | William Harwood
    NASA engineers in Hawaii readied a 3.5-ton flying saucer-shaped test vehicle for a 23-mile-high balloon ride Saturday, followed by a rocket-powered climb an additional 11 miles for a high-speed flight through the extreme upper atmosphere to test an inflatable entry body and a huge supersonic parachute for eventual use at Mars. The LDSD project aims to develop and test two sizes of inflatable drag devices and a large new, supersonic ringsail parachute. Credit: NASA Flying at four times the speed of sound in the thin air near the edge of space, the test vehicle was expected to experience conditions similar...
  • Inside the jealous feud between the Obamas and ‘Hildebeest’ Clintons

    06/21/2014 4:05:20 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 42 replies
    NY Post ^ | 06/21/2014 | Edward Klein
    Outwardly, they put on a show of unity — but privately, the Obamas and Clintons, the two power couples of the Democrat Party, loathe each other. “I hate that man Obama more than any man I’ve ever met, more than any man who ever lived,” Bill Clinton said to friends on one occasion, adding he would never forgive Obama for suggesting he was a racist during the 2008 campaign. The feeling is mutual. Obama made ­excuses not to talk to Bill, while the first lady privately sniped about Hillary.
  • Chinese Ships Arrive at Pearl Harbor

    06/26/2014 10:02:59 AM PDT · by robowombat · 22 replies
    USNI News | June 25, 2014 11:26 AM | Sam LaGrone
    Chinese Ships Arrive at Pearl Harbor By: Sam LaGrone Published: June 25, 2014 11:26 AM Updated: June 25, 2014 11:26 AM An American sailor on guard near the Chinese guided missile destroyer Haikou (171) at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on June 24, 2014. CCTV Photo An American sailor on guard near the Chinese guided missile destroyer Haikou (171) at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on June 24, 2014. CCTV Photo Two Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ships arrived at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Tuesday, according to Chinese press reports. Guided missile destroyer Haikou (171) and hospital...
  • Hawaii Stalls Sex Ed

    06/17/2014 7:01:55 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 16, 2014 | Tony Perkins
    One person can make a difference, President John F. Kennedy said, and thanks to Hawaii State Rep. Bob McDermott (R) more people might try. The conservative dad took on the state’s Education Department and scored a partial victory. Since December, Rep. McDermott has been a campaign of one, working to roll back Hawaii’s explosive sex ed curriculum — which is so explicit it would make most adults blush. Homosexuality gets the state’s support, as well as other controversial practices that parents should reserve the right to explain to their kids themselves. bob mcdermott hawaii “I can assure you my 11-year-old...
  • Article V Constitution: Mount Vernon Assembly [Live Web Stream Now! Today (6-12) & Tomorrow]

    The Mount Vernon Assembly – Indianapolis FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Skip Brown skip.brown@iga.in.gov 317-232-9521 The Mount Vernon Assembly to Meet at Indiana Statehouse June 12 and 13 INDIANAPOLIS (June 9, 2014) – More than 100 state legislators representing 33 states will meet at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis on June 12 and 13 to continue establishing the rules and procedures needed for a future state-led convention for proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution, as authorized by Article V of the Constitution. The meeting is a continuation of efforts that began in December 2013 at George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon estate...
  • Hawaii law lets police have sex with prostitutes

    03/20/2014 10:59:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 21, 2014 12:50 AM EDT | Sam Eifling
    Honolulu police officers have urged lawmakers to keep an exemption in state law that allows undercover officers to have sex with prostitutes during investigations, touching off a heated debate. Authorities say they need the legal protection to catch lawbreakers in the act. Critics, including human trafficking experts and other police, say it’s unnecessary and could further victimize sex workers, many of whom have been forced into the trade. …
  • Loretta Fuddy's Brother Sues Over Fatal Crash

    06/09/2014 2:13:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 66 replies
    Star Advertiser ^ | Jun 09, 2014
    Lewis Fuddy Jr.'s Loretta Fuddy died of an irregular heartbeat that was triggered when the plane she was riding in lost power and crash-landed off the Hawaiian island of Molokai in December. A engine manufacturer in Canada is to blame for a small plane's ocean landing and the death of Hawaii's former health director, her brother said in a lawsuit filed Monday. Lewis Fuddy Jr. is suing Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. and Makani Kai Air Charters over the Dec. 11 crash-landing. His 65-year-old sister Loretta Fuddy was a passenger on the flight and died of an irregular heartbeat, police...
  • Hilo stabbing victim recounts terrifying attack - Hare Krsnas run amok in Hawaii

    05/31/2014 1:00:28 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 28 replies
    West Hawaii Today ^ | May 31, 2014 | John Burnett
    Raghunatha John Giuffre knows how it feels to return from the dead. The 49-year-old Wainaku man was the third and final person stabbed during a spree that took place around midnight May 23, and the only one who reportedly knew the alleged assailant, 28-year-old Varaha Nrsngha Mims. [snip]
  • OHA mulls delayed convention, parallel roll

    05/30/2014 8:52:03 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 8 replies
    West Hawaii Today ^ | May 30. 2014 | Nancy Cook Lauer
    Officials at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs are asking for a six-to-nine-month postponement of a Native Hawaiian convention to determine self-governance, in order to educate the public and construct a parallel roll for those who refuse to sign onto a roll ordered by state government. The OHA board of trustees, faced with 63 people wanting to testify, on Thursday postponed a decision until its June 5 meeting. The current plan is to hold an election of delegates this fall, followed by a spring convention. Testifiers, many of whom flew to Oahu from Hawaii Island and other neighbor islands, were mixed...
  • Homeless solution remains elusive ( Kauai - Hawaii )

    05/30/2014 8:28:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    The Garden Island ^ | May 29, 2014
    Homeless campers evicted’ That was the top headline in Friday’s TGI after campers at Anahola Beach Park were told to vacate or face arrest last week. We’re not disputing that these folks weren’t supposed to be there, but we will argue this is a sign of the severity of the homeless problem in Hawaii and specifically, on Kauai .... No surprise that homelessness is a problem. Kauai is a very expensive place to live. Rent, utilities, groceries and gas — all of which hit the shrinking middle class and the rising low-income hard — are among the highest in the...
  • OHA's Crabbe wants delay in nation-building process

    05/29/2014 4:43:57 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 4 replies
    Honolulu Star Advertiser ^ | May 29, 2014 | Star-Advertiser staff
    The Office of Hawaiian Affairs' top administrator is recommending a six-month to nine-month delay in its nation-building process to conduct further education about the issues surrounding the establishment of a Hawaiian government. In addition, OHA CEO Kamana'opono Crabbe on Thursday offered two alternative options for adding people to the list of those who would participate in the nation-building: >> Including those who have signed up for the OHA Registry Program, which provides those who can prove their Hawaiian heritage with an official card that verifies ancestry.
  • Obama Administration Seeks Race Based Govt. in Hawaii

    05/28/2014 7:48:58 AM PDT · by John S Mosby · 42 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 05/27/2014 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama’s administration has quietly suggested it is willing to create a two-tier race-based legal system in Hawaii, where one set of taxes, spending and law enforcement will govern one race, and the second set of laws will govern every other race. The diversity proposal is portrayed as an effort to create a separate in-state government for people who are “native Hawaiians.” If Obama succeeds, “what’s to prevent creating similar [self-governing racial] groups out of say, Cajuns, or Orthodox Jews or Amish?” said Gail Heriot, a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. “If you can do that...
  • Obama looks to bypass Congress and promote racial spoils in Hawaii

    05/27/2014 8:51:03 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Powerline ^ | 5-26-14 | Paul Mirengoff
    When we pledge allegiance to the flag, we also pledge allegiance to the Republic for which it stands — “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” The modern American left has put each of these qualities up for grabs. For example, implementing “social justice” would make it logically impossible to provide justice for all of us as individuals. The left is also unfavorably disposed to the idea of one indivisible nation. The Akaka Bill was a good example. As Gail Heriot and Peter Kirsanow explained, this legislation, which the House passed in 2010, would have enabled...
  • Hawaii’s ObamaCare exchange most costly in nation

    05/15/2014 2:04:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    FOX News ^ | May 15, 2014 | By Malia Zimmerman
    Hawaii’s ObamaCare exchange, the Hawaii Health Connector, costs the nation’s taxpayers the most per enrollee, according to a new study by Kaiser Health. Hawaii’s exchange, which has just more than 8,500 people registered, has a tab of about $23,899 per person. Former U.S. Rep. Charles Djou, D-Hawaii, noted Hawaii’s enrollment cost is 26 times the national average, 2 1/2 times the cost for the second most expensive state, North Dakota. According to the study, just 8,500 Hawaii residents signed up for the Hawaii Health Connector, while 150,000 people are needed to make the program self-sustainable.
  • Hawaii health care exchange spent $10,800 per enrollee

    05/11/2014 7:25:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/10/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Obamacare is proving to be a lesson in government waste, inefficiency, and incompetence. Does anyone in the world think that a private company could survive if it spent money the way several states have done on their health care exchanges? Massachusetts, Maryland, and Oregon have already abandoned their expensive efforts, and more states are expected to follow. Hawaii may be one of them: The chief executive of Hawaii's largest health insurance company is calling on Hawaii to shut down its beleaguered health insurance exchange, which was set up as part of President Barack Obama's signature health care law. Michael Gold,...
  • How Hawaii (Legally) Discriminates Against Non-Native Hawaiians

    05/08/2014 2:37:39 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 13 replies
    The Foundry ^ | May 7, 2014 | Hans von Spakovsky
    Some senators are trying to push through a bill that would re-authorize the discriminatory housing policies implemented in Hawaii by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, which provides special benefits for “Native Hawaiians.” Native Hawaiians are defined as “any descendant of not less than one-half part of the blood of the races inhabiting the Hawaiian Islands previous to 1778.” According to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands’ website, this means “you must have a blood quantum of at least 50 percent Hawaiian.” S.1352 has a seemingly innocuous provision, Section 503, which simply re-authorizes the Native Hawaiian Home-Ownership Act through 2018....
  • Hawaii lawmakers vote to increase hourly minimum wage to $10.10

    04/30/2014 7:11:58 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 30 April 2014 | Malia Mattock
    Hawaii lawmakers voted late on Tuesday to raise the U.S. state's hourly minimum wage to $10.10 from the federal minimum $7.25 at a time of heated national debate over wages and rising income inequality. The new rate brings the Pacific state into line with the hourly wage U.S. President Barack Obama has pushed at a federal level, where the current rate stands at $7.25. Legislation to raise the national minimum wage has stalled in Congress. In Hawaii, as at the national level, proposed increases have drawn strong opposition from some business owners, lobby groups, and economists, who say it will...
  • Will popular vote elect president in 2020?

    04/27/2014 12:20:23 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 27, 2014
    The movement to change how presidents are elected is gaining steam and proponents of the long-stalled popular vote initiative are predicting victory by 2020. Eleven states/jurisdictions have enacted the National Popular Vote (NPV) bill, giving the proposal 165 electoral votes — 61 percent of the 270 electoral votes needed to trigger the new voting system. Legislatures that passed the law include California, Illinois, New Jersey. Massachusetts, Maryland, Washington, Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Rhode Island and Vermont. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a popular vote bill into law last week. All of these states, as well as the nation’s capital...
  • Report: Nevada would benefit from transfer of federal lands

    04/26/2014 12:44:35 PM PDT · by Duke C. · 25 replies
    LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL CAPITAL BUREAU ^ | April 22,2014 | SEAN WHALEY
    A new report analyzing the financial ramifications of a takeover of some of Nevada’s millions of acres of federal lands suggests the state would benefit from such a transfer. A transfer of 4 million acres of U.S. Bureau Land Management land could bring in anywhere from $31 million to $114 million a year, based on a review of four Western states that have significant amounts of trust lands under their control, the report says.
  • ANOTHER university stops students from handing out Constitution

    04/25/2014 10:44:44 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 47 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | April 24, 2014 | Robby Soave
    Two students are suing the University of Hawaii for violating their First Amendment rights after administrator prevented them from distributing copies of the U.S. Constitution — demonstrating a frightening lack of knowledge about the very legal document they were attempting to censor. Students Merritt Burch and Anthony Vizzone, members of the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at UH-Hilo, were prevented from handing out copies of the Constitution at a recruitment event in January. A week later, they were again informed by a censorship-minded administrator that their First Amendment-protected activities were in violation of school policy. The students were told that...
  • "Allah Saved Him": Santa Clara Teen Stowaway's Father

    04/24/2014 3:35:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    The father of a Santa Clara teen stowaway who survived a 5 1/2-hour flight from San Jose to Hawaii Sunday despite high altitudes, low oxygen and freezing temperatures tells the Voice of America that Allah protected his son. “When I watched the analysis about the extraordinary and dangerous trip of my son on local TVs and that Allah had saved him, I thanked God and I was very happy,” Abdilahi Yusuf Abdi, who lives in Santa Clara, told VOA's Somali service in an interview Wednesday. Abdi said he received the news about his son's trip in a phone call from...
  • Planned Parenthood closes office in Kauai, Hawaii

    04/24/2014 12:21:31 PM PDT · by topher · 11 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Thu Apr 24, 2014 09:41 EST | BY BEN JOHNSON
    KAUAI, HI, April 24, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Planned Parenthood has closed yet another facility due to declining business, this one on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Known simply as the Kauai Clinic, the Planned Parenthood office provides abortion referrals, the abortifacient morning after pill, and “LGBT services.”
  • HOLLYWOOD CHILD RAPE SCANDAL: THREE EXECS NAMED AS ALLEGED ABUSERS

    04/21/2014 4:28:20 PM PDT · by bkopto · 40 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Apr 21, 2014 | John Nolte
    Lawsuits alleging the sexual abuse of minors in a Hollywood pedophilia ring were filed in Hawaii Monday against three prominent Hollywood executives: David Neuman, Gary Goddard, and Garth Ancier. The suits were announced at the Four Seasons Hotel by Jeff Herman, the attorney representing Michael Egan, the man who alleges he was sexually abused by "X-Men" director Bryan Singer as a teen. Variety reports that: Ancier is the former president of BBC Worldwide America and headed the Fox entertainment group while Neuman is the former president of Disney TV. Goddard heads a design firm in Los Angeles which has created...
  • 16-year-old California runaway survives flight to Hawaii in plane's wheel well

    04/21/2014 2:29:51 AM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/21/2014
    A 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii on Sunday, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen, FBI and airline officials said. FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told The Associated Press on Sunday night that the boy was questioned by the FBI after being discovered on the tarmac at the Maui airport with no identification. "Kid's lucky to be alive," Simon said. Simon said security footage from the San Jose airport verified that the boy from Santa Clara,...
  • Al Gore dupes 9000 people in Hawaii, insults the rest

    04/18/2014 9:20:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | 4/18/2014 | Anthony Watts
    The story below is from from Honolulu Civil Beat, who covered a political rally on April 15th by Gore to 9000 people in Honolulu’s Stan Sheriff Center. It is a 12,500 seat sports auditorium where his voice was amplified by, his slideshow enabled with, and his persona illuminated by and made comfortable with air-conditioning, all made possible by the “dirty energy” electricity generated by fossil fuels that he railed against.
  • New York the latest state to sign compact to end electoral college

    04/18/2014 6:32:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/18/2014 | Rick Moran
    Governor Cuomo has signed off on the National Popular Vote Compact, giving New York's 29 electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. SILive: Count New York in. The Empire State has joined the National Popular Vote compact with legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. States that have signed on to the interstate agreement will award electoral votes for president to the candidate who receives the majority of the national popular vote. "With the passage of this legislation, New York is taking a bold step to fundamentally increase the strength and fairness of our nation's presidential elections,"...
  • GAO to investigate Hawaii Health Connector money

    04/17/2014 7:02:47 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 1 replies
    KITV ^ | 4/17/ 2014 | http://www.kitv.com/health/gao-to-investigate-hawaii-health-connector-money/25540862
    Health exchange asking for $4.7 million in 2015; up to $9 million in 2016HONOLULU —The Government Accountability Office confirmed on Wednesday it will investigate the Hawaii Health Connector's use of $204 million of federal grant money, according to Sen. Sam Slom.In response to Slom's letter (dated March 27, 2014), David Lewis of the GAO, confirmed that the GAO will include Hawaii in their investigations into the use of federal grant monies to state exchanges.  Hawaii will now join six other states being investigated for their health insurance exchanges.Lewis confirmed the GAO will investigate whether the Hawaii Health Connector followed procedures...
  • Democrat: Voters 'Frustrated and Embarrassed' by Obamacare (Hawaii)

    04/17/2014 7:01:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 17, 2014 | Wynton Hall
    Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) says her constituents are "frustrated and embarrassed" by Hawaii's failed Obamacare exchange, which cost taxpayers $204 million and signed up only 8,000 people. On Wednesday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced it will launch an investigation into Hawaii's busted Obamacare program. "This is not a partisan issue, this is an economic issue," said state Sen. Sam Slom. Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie previously predicted "hundreds of thousand of people" would sign up for Obamacare in the President's home state. On Thursday, President Barack Obama tried to rally Democrats to support his unpopular Obamacare program. "I think Democrats...
  • Dick Morris: Democrats Conspiring to Rig Electoral College, Law Passed in 9 States So Far

    04/15/2014 11:40:27 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 85 replies
    A plan, now stealthily making its way through state legislatures with astonishing speed, would junk the Electoral College and award the presidency to the winner of the popular vote. The plan involves an Interstate Compact where states would commit to select electors pledged to vote for the national popular vote winner regardless of how their own state voted. When enough states pass this law, sufficient to cast 270 votes which is the majority of the Electoral College, it will take effect. So far, nine states and the District of Columbia, casting 136 electoral votes, have joined. This is halfway to...
  • Occupy, Union Activists Organizing Homeless Tent Cities in Honolulu?

    04/06/2014 8:09:36 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 23 replies
    Hawaii Free Press ^ | April 6, 2014 | by Andrew Walden
    Homeless Tent Cities have proven a disaster in Seattle, Portland, Sacramento and other mainland cities where they have been tried. Homelessness Industry organizers set up their tents in an area--and the meth-addled denizens generate a crime wave targeting local businesses and residents as they seek out anything they can steal to buy drugs. Exasperated local officials pay the organizers off in order to get them to move into a different jurisdiction where the cycle of crime and shakedown begins again. In Honolulu, unofficial tent cities are now set up in strategic locations designed to pressure the tourism industry, the Chinatown...
  • Obama backs Schatz over Hanabusa in Hawaii race

    03/31/2014 1:51:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 31, 2014 4:37 PM EDT | Josh Lederman
    President Barack Obama on Monday threw his support to Sen. Brian Schatz over Colleen Hanabusa in Hawaii’s Senate race, stepping into a primary that has been divisive for voters in the state where Obama was born. Obama’s backing could give a critical boost to Schatz in Hawaii, where Obama remains more popular than in most other parts of the U.S. Seven in 10 Hawaii voters chose Obama in 2012. Polls this year show Schatz and Hanabusa are in a competitive race. “Sen. Schatz is protecting Hawaii’s values and fighting every day on behalf of middle-class families,” Obama said in a...