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Hawaii's remote Puna area will play big role in picking next U.S. senator

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 in News

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — Puna, a district on the island Big Island of Hawaii, is described by the Lonely Planet travel blog as “a new, eclectic population of mainland retirees, nouveau hippies, off-the-grid minimalists, funky artists, New Age seekers, Hawaiian sovereignty activists, organic farmers and the odd pakalolo (marijuana) grower.” Two weeks ago, few predicted the […]

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Alleged Honolulu Teen Bank Robbers Picture Themselves with Cash on Facebook

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU - Probably the first rule of committing armed robbery, don’t post yourself with the cash you stole on your social media account. But that’s exactly what Marcus Kalani Watson and Rogussia Eddie Allen Danielson did, according to an Aug. 11 FBI affidavit made public Aug. 12. Watson, 19, who goes […]

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Is Abercrombie using human misery to gain political favor?

Friday, August 8th, 2014 in News

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - When Superstorm Sandy slammed into the East Coast just says before the 2012 Presidential election, President Barack Obama, was a major part of the news cycle and it was much more difficult for candidate Mitt Romney to any news coverage. There is great debate over whether the added publicity actually put […]

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Has Hawaii’s governor lost his mojo?

Thursday, August 7th, 2014 in News

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — Just months after becoming governor in 2010, Neil Abercrombie was ranked by Public Policy Polling as the nation’s most unpopular governor. In the past three years, his continued to spiral downward. With the Democratic primary set for Saturday, key political polls show he is trailing behind his relatively unknown opponent, […]

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Feds fly immigrant minors to Hawaii on taxpayer dime

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — Although 2,500 miles from the continental United States, Hawaii has joined the list of states temporarily housing unaccompanied minors from Central America who have illegally crossed into America through the Southwest border. Who's paying the freight? You, the taxpayer. Some 60,000 Central American youths fleeing drug cartels, human traffickers and […]

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Absentee ballot fraud incident has Kauai police, elections officials on alert

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 in News

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - KAUAI — Kauai resident Brent Woods ordered an absentee ballot for Hawaii’s Aug. 9 primary election, but never received the ballot. So when he got a call from the Kauai County Clerk's office telling him they couldn't process his ballot because he returned it filled out, but unsigned, he was surprised. Woods […]

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Hawaii's dominant shipping carrier to pay $9 million to settle federal whistleblower case

Friday, July 25th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — Matson Navigation Co. Inc.,  Hawaii’s largest cargo container shipping company, will pay $9.95 million as part of a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and Illinois freight consultant Mario Rizzo. Matson allegedly billed the government for ocean transport fuel charges when rail was used for some portions. The […]

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Quarter of Hawaii's population now on Medicaid

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — New statistics released by the state Department of Human Services show about a quarter of Hawaii’s population relies on Medicaid. Of Hawaii’s 1.3 million people, some 320,000 qualify for the government health-care program. According to the state Department of Human Services, the number of people on federal health-care subsidies in […]

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Hawaii's highest-in-the-nation energy costs stay intact by politics, monopoly

Friday, July 18th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — If residents of Hawaii are going to have affordable electricity, the state needs to break up Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc., the parent of the Hawaiian Electric Co., a former lawmaker contends. A study of electric rates produced by WalletHub, Most & Least Energy Expensive States, puts the unit price of electricity in […]

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Aloha! Hawaii legislator wants taxpayers to fund airline tickets for homeless

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU – Homeless from Hawaii, Micronesia, American Samoa, Thailand and the U.S. mainland are finding nooks in parks, on beaches, aside drainage ditches, in front of small businesses, and even along the Honolulu freeways where in record numbers, they are building their own communities. While politicians debate various laws and solutions […]

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