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Hawaii taxpayers would spend millions on private preschools if amendment passes

Graphic: Emily Metcalf

HONOLULU — Hawaii is the only state that prohibits government funding of private preschools, but that may change Tuesday. Hawaii’s voters will be asked whether the state constitution should be amended so taxpayers can subsidize private preschool education. Amendment 4, “The Hawaii State Funding for Private Early Childhood Education Programs,” asks: “Shall the appropriation of […]

October 31st, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Hawaii doctor accused of fraud, elderly and child abuse, under investigation by RICO; He calls allegations against him a ‘litany of lies’

Daniel Susott, MD lives in Manoa where attached to his home is an exotic 6 story tree house, overlooking the Manoa stream

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU – A well-known doctor who lost his medical license in California in Nov. 2013 for “unprofessional conduct, gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, making false statements on medical records and dishonest-corrupt acts,” related to issuing medical marijuana clearances, is under investigation by the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ Regulated […]

October 30th, 2014 | Posted in Special Investigation,Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Kidnapped 9-year old boy found on tiny island in South Pacific

Billy Ginger Hanson

The FBI has located Billy Ginger Hanson, the 9-year-old boy who was kidnapped in Seattle last month by his biological father, Jeffrey Ford Hanson. The FBI had issued a bulletin here in Hawaii and through the Pacific after the child, who was scheduled to return home to his mother in Hazleton, Pennsylvania on Sept. 4, […]

October 30th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Fundraiser will help child get medical treatment she needs

Skylar Soares

HONOLULU – Skylar Soares has faced tremendous adversity within her short thirteen years of life, diagnosed with three life-threatening diseases before reaching adolescence: Job Syndrome, Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) and Lupus. (See her remarkable story told on video here: https://vimeo.com/105181707 )   After battling her sicknesses for many years, Skylar now requires intensive medical treatment that can only be delivered […]

October 30th, 2014 | Posted in Business,Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Hawaii health officials: No automatic Ebola-related quarantine

Dr. Sarah Park, state ppidemiologist, briefs the media on the state’s Ebola response plan. Beside her are Dr. Linda Rosen, director of the Hawaii Department of Health; Rebecca Sciulli, BT microbiologist and coordinator for the State Laboratory, and Toby Clairmont, director of emergency services for the Healthcare Association of Hawaii.

HONOLULU — Governors of New Jersey, New York and Illinois have imposed mandatory quarantines for health care workers who treated Ebola patients in West Africa. But Hawaii Department of Health officials said Tuesday no such plan will be implemented in the islands. The Centers for Disease Control will notify the Department of Health if passengers entering […]

October 29th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Kaimuki is the Honolulu Neighborhood With Most Affairs; Makiki and Kailua Close Behind

Ashley madison

HONOLULU - Residents of Honolulu have been engaging in extra-marital affairs in record numbers according to new data from AshleyMadison.com. The dating site designed for people already in relationships has decided to reveal Paradise's least faithful neighborhoods based on the more than 56,000 cheaters who live in the metro area. According to membership per capita, the most […]

October 28th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Former governor blames weak GOP for Hawaii's low voter turnout

Ben Cayetano, former Hawaii Governor

HONOLULU – Hawaii is the third least politically engaged state. That's according to a study released Monday by WalletHub, which reviewed six key metrics — from political donations to voter turnout. Jill Gonzalez, spokeswoman for WalletHub, said Hawaii ranked lowest for the percent of the population registered to vote in the 2012 presidential election, at 58.9 percent. […]

October 27th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

New twist in criminal case against Matson for massive molasses spill

GOO: The molasses spill impacted sealife in Ke’ehi Lagoon, seen here, and Honolulu Harbor

HONOLULU – There’s a new twist in criminal case against Matson Navigation Company for the Sept. 2013, 220,000 gallon molasses spill into Honolulu Harbor that killed 26,000 fish and caused substantial damage to the area reefs and ocean. Peter Heilmann, Matson Navigation Company’s general counsel and senior vice president, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor violations […]

October 26th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Cayetano wants complaint against PRP referred to prosecutor

Ben Cayetano, former Hawaii Governor

HONOLULU - Former Gov. Ben Cayetano on Wednesday asked state Campaign Spending Commissioners to refer a complaint he filed against Pacific Resource Partnership to the Honolulu City Prosecutor for further investigation. The commission staff recommended settling the complaint with a fine, but Cayetano convinced commissioners to reconsider. Pacific Resource Partnership, an affiliate of the Hawaii […]

October 26th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Some voters want former House speaker expelled

LT. Governor Shan Tsustui and House Speaker Calvin Say (file Photo)

HONOLULU – House Speaker Joe Souki has refused a request to expel former House Speaker Calvin Say. He doesn’t live in his district, say the six voters from Honolulu’s Palolo district who want him out. The request followed a Sept. 30 ruling by Circuit Court Judge Karen Nakasone that dismissed a lawsuit — Hussey v. Say— challenging Say’s residency. Nakasone maintained […]

October 26th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

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