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

POWERFUL: Much of Oahu's tropical beauty is marred by a crisscross of aging power polls and powerlines, critics say.

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 […]

July 18th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Belligerent Maui man aboard British Airways flight charged after threatening to blow up plane

British Airways

LOS ANGELES - A 20-year-old man from Kihei, Maui, was charged with one count of interfering with a flight crew, after he threatened to kill flight attendants and passengers on a British Airways flight from London to Los Angeles, Monday. FBI agents from the Los Angeles Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Kevin Lee Mosele after […]

July 17th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

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

Rep. Rida Cabanilla speaks to the press

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 […]

July 15th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

$204 million Obamacare grant reduces Hawaii's uninsured population just 2.75 percent

Hawaii Health Connector sign ups still under one percent of Hawaii’s population.

HONOLULU — After getting $204 million from a federal grant to establish its own Affordable Care Act exchange, Hawaii's uninsured population has been reduced by less than 3 percent. In its 2014 Health Insurance Coverage Report, WalletHub noted 6.35 percent of Hawaii’s population lacks insurance coverage. Approximately 2.75 percent of the population received health insurance through Obamacare […]

July 15th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Rise in human trafficking impacts Hawaii

Photo courtesy of The Age Cases

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — Americans celebrated independence, liberty and freedom on Fourth of July, but a new report from the U.S. State Department shows there are plenty of people in this country who aren't free. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing Tuesday on how forced labor and modern-day slavery is being […]

July 11th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Hawaii’s drop in tax collections shows economic recovery not complete, Senate leader says

HONOLULU - Photo courtesy of HTA

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s Senate minority leader is telling Gov. Neil Abercrombie to reduce spending. Excise tax revenue in the first quarter of 2014 is down 4.6 percent over last year, and the drop is a clear sign Hawaii’s economy hasn’t turned a corner, Republican Sam Slom said. “When you talk to small business owners in various industries across the state, it […]

July 11th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Amelia Rose Earhart Lands on Oahu's North Shore Before Completing 1937 Around-the-World Flight of her Namesake

Amelia Rose Earhart

Amelia Mary Earhart, an American aviation pioneer and best selling author, disappeared July 2, 1937, over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island during an attempt to make a flight of the globe. Earhart had already become the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, for which she received the U.S. Distinguished […]

July 10th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

U.S. Senate Democrats introduce bill to counter Hobby Lobby decision

PUSHING BACK: U.S. Sen Brian Schatz is among several Senate Democrats trying to counter the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the Hobby Lobby case.

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — Several U.S. Senate Democrats are fast-tracking a bill,  the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act, they say will counter the U.S. Supreme Court's  Hobby Lobby decision. Those senators include Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Mark Udall, D-Colo. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 June 30 in Burwell v. Hobby […]

July 9th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Unfunded liabilities leave HI taxpayers 'drowning in debt,' fiscal watchdog says

Budget director Kalbert Young with Gov. Neil Abercrombie

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s administration is touting fiscal prudence, announcing the state deposited $100 million to the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund in late June. That was to “prefund” the cost of the state's unfunded liabilities, including health insurance premiums and life insurance for state retirees. However, Sheila Weinberg, founder […]

July 9th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Honolulu FBI Issues Warning About Jury Duty Scam

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Vida G. Bottom, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Honolulu Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), is warning Hawaii residents to be aware of a new telephone scam. This scam begins when someone, posing as a "Deputy", contacts the victim via telephone, providing his name and a badge number. The victims are advised they are […]

July 7th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

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