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Volunteer Developers Work Together to Create Apps for Transparency

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 in Guest Commentary

BY NATALIE IWASA - Have you ever tried to figure out who’s monetarily supporting a particular candidate or how your political contributions are being spent? Would you like to know all of the candidates in a particular race – not just the ones the media chooses to cover? Wouldn’t complete candidate profiles be nice? While […]

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Governor appoints Hawaii land board members

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 in Hawaii Politics

Gov. Neil Abercrombie Monday announced the nominations of Vernon Char, Ulalia Woodside and Christopher Yuen to the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR). All are interim appointments effective immediately and are subject to state Senate approval. Char was appointed to an at-large seat; Woodside to the seat representing the City and County of Honolulu […]

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Would You Be Shocked? Hawaii's Power Prices the Highest in the Nation

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 in Guest Commentary

By Tom Yamachika - When most of us pay at the gasoline pump, we know the prices are very high relative to the mainland. Part of the problem is the different taxes that are imposed on fuel. We are actually going to talk about something else, but we will return to this later. What you […]

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Local Companies Donate Over $300,000 to The Nature Conservancy

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 in Business

HONOLULU —With contributions from 49 businesses, The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii’s Corporate Council for the Environment raised over $300,000 for local conservation in fiscal year 2014. Dustin Sellers of Koa Capital Partners chairs the Corporate Council, which emphasizes the link between Hawaii’s environment and its economy. Since its launch in 1987, this coalition of local […]

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Hawaii Visitor Industry Report: Expenditures for First Five Months of the Year Up $175 Million

Friday, July 11th, 2014 in Guest Commentary

By Mike McCartney- The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA) has revalidated the data for the monthly visitor statistics report for 2013 and January through May 2014. This was done as part of the HTA’s normal process of refining data from the previous year. It was also necessary due to a complaint that an employee of one […]

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State Outlines Next Step to Transform Mayor Wright Homes into Future Mixed Income Residences

Friday, July 11th, 2014 in Hawaii Politics

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Public Housing Authority (HPHA) today issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking a Master Developer for the future mixed income redevelopment of Mayor Wright Homes (MWH).“This announcement is a starting point in the journey to redevelop and improve the lives of residents that live at one of the oldest and largest […]

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Gas Diplomacy

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 in Guest Commentary

By Chris Faulkner - The United States produces more natural gas than any nation in the world. Yet Russia leads the world in natural-gas exports, using energy to advance its domestic repression and its foreign aggression. It might be tempting to think that as the United States escalates its sanctions on Russia, President Obama should […]

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Special Tax Benefits for Members of the Armed Forces

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 in Hawaii Politics

REPORT FROM THE IRS - Special tax benefits apply to members of the U. S. Armed Forces. For example, some types of pay are not taxable. And special rules may apply to some tax deductions, credits and deadlines. Here are ten of those benefits: 1.Deadline Extensions.  Some members of the military, such as those who […]

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State Arms Hawaii's Military Against Fraud with Consumer and Financial Protection Fair

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 in Business

HONOLULU — The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) will mark Military Consumer Protection Day (MCPD) on July 16, 2014, by hosting a Consumer and Financial Protection Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Navy Exchange (NEX) at 4725 Bougainville Dr. Gov. Neil Abercrombie has signed a proclamation declaring July 16, 2014, […]

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The Intersection Between Environmental Degradation and Human Trafficking

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 in News

From the Office To Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, U.S. State Department Certain industries face particularly high environmental risks, including agriculture, fishing and aquaculture, logging, and mining. Workers in these sectors also face risks; the use of forced labor has been documented along the supply chains of many commercial sectors. Exploitation of both people […]

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