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What’s Happening At Your Honolulu Hale – December 2018

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The Honolulu City Council held its last full session of 2018 on Wednesday. Many, many actions were taken. The session lead off with thanking the current Council Chair Ernie Martin for his six years as the Council Chair and for his 8 years of service to the Honolulu community. Bills Passing 2nd reading: Bill 74: Establishing certain provisions for a person who...

Complete Wellness: Ileostomate enjoys and shares the benefits of yoga for all abilities

Author’s Note: Jim Mielke has been studying and practicing yoga and mindfulness meditation for the past 25 years. He received his Teacher of Yoga certification in 2003 from the International Sivananda Yoga and Vedanta Forest Academy in Netala, Himalayas, India. Jim recently completed his Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Course (500-hour Yoga Alliance Certification) at the Sivananda Bahamas Ashram. Jim...

The County Strikes Back (Part 3)

We continue with our series about a timeshare association suing the county, with the county then back assessing the association for $10 million. Here we examine:  “Are back assessments of property tax legal?” In most of our counties, the ordinances say that the assessor is to make a tax assessment list each year by a certain time.  The county then sends...

The County Strikes Back (part 2)

In last week’s article we gave some background about a case working its way through the court system.  Timeshare association sues county; county then back assesses association for $10 million. The first issue for our deep dive is, “Are we in the right court?” In this state, if you have a beef with the tax collector you can’t just go suing...

Honolulu Hale – Is it haunted?

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Kymberly Marcos Pine gives a tour of Honolulu Hale, and the night guard answers the question, "Is it Haunted?" For more interesting stories form around the community, check out: http://www.facebook.com/oahulife  

What’s happening at your Honolulu Hale This Week

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This is a very, very busy week here at the Honolulu Hale, and not just about policy and procedures. The holiday material has been arriving here at Honolulu Hale all week. The city workers have been installing and placing the holiday characters, plus Santa, all around the city hall grounds in anticipation of the big event this Saturday. Take...

The County Strikes Back (part 1)

This week we begin a series on a long and hotly litigated property tax case from Maui.  This case isn’t about wind turbines like we wrote about a couple of weeks ago.  This one involves timeshares. Some timeshare projects in Kaanapali were unhappy when Maui County enacted in 2004 a new Time Share property classification, effective in 2006, that was...

Walden Versus OHA’s LLCs

About half a year ago, we wrote about some limited liability companies formed by our Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA).  These companies received cash and property, including 1,600+ acres of land in Waimea Valley, from OHA.  The question we raised at the time is whether the LLCs can credibly claim that they don’t have to follow laws that apply...

Video Presentation on the Viet Nam – Australia Primary Health Care for Women and Children Project

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Author's Note: Over the past 35 years, Jim Mielke, who has a doctorate in Public Health, has had the privilege of living and working in some of the poorest, most remote and under-served countries (23 so far) in the Asia-Pacific region, where he has assisted governments, international aid agencies and communities to strengthen local and national health systems for...

Oh? Can’t We Keep HART’s Funding Sources “Pure”?

Recently, there has been fierce debate over Bill 42 before the Honolulu City Council.  Here’s the background:  In 2007, the City passed Ordinance 07-001, which says that the Honolulu rail project would be funded only with proceeds of the general excise tax surcharge and federal money.  “We’ll never touch the real property tax to build rail,” the politicians said...