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Forbidden fish - Thegardenisland.com

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Morikawa said the bills are being pushed by the Hawaiian Affairs Caucus, with nothing to support claims that resources are being depleted there. “Where are the facts?
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Kauai state representative Dee Morikawa is opposing two bills that would prohibit outsiders from fishing around the privately owned island of Niiahu--the so called "Forbidden Island."  Morikawa says the bills are being supported by the Hawaiian Affairs Caucus, "with nothing to support  claims that resources are being depleted there."  Aloha, Russ.

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American Samoa schools reopen after pink eye woes - Hawaii News Now

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American Samoa schools reopen after pink eye woes
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Tourism officials are also warning visitors heading to the group of islands in the South Pacific about halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii.
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American Samoa has reopened its public schools, after an outbreak of conjunctivitis or pink eye forced the closure of schools for a 10-day period.  Education Department Director Salu Hunkin-Finau said the school shutdown helped contain the spread of the highly infectious condition.  Travelers heading for American Samoa should take special precautions.  Left untreated, pink eye can make you ill and possibly ruin your eyesight.  Aloha, Russ.

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Study finds signs of brain changes in pot smokers - Hawaii News - Honolulu Star-Advertiser

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NEW YORK >> A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say.The young adults who volunteered for t (Study finds signs of brain changes in pot smokers - Hawaii...
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The author of a "small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain", which could indicate future psychological or medical problems for those who smoke "pot".  Dr. Hans Breiter, one of the study's authors, tells the Associated Press that "things like a lack of focus and impaired judgment" could point the way to future medical issues for smokers.  Scientists conducting studies on the health affects of marijuana say more studies are needed to establish a link between brain damage and the smoking of marijuana.  At the very least, the residue from marijuana smoking will deposit chemical byproducts on the smoker's throat and lungs.  You must ask yourself if smoking marijuana is worth the health risk.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii Legislature OK’s University of Hawaii hemp biofuel study

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... (Hawaii Legislature OK’s University of Hawaii #Hemp biofuel study http://t.co/CnrcuN0e1l)
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The Hawaii State Legislature is sending a measure to the Governor's Office that would allow UH-Manoa to study the biofuel aspects of hemp.  Unlike its cousin, marijuana, hemp is not suitable for human consumption and contains very low levels of THC--the active ingredient of marijuana.  Senate Invoice 2175 will permit the School of Tropical Agriculture and Human Assets to start a two-year "industrial hemp remediation and biofuel crop analysis project."   Once Governor Neil Abercrombie signs the bill, the project can begin.  Aloha, Russ.

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Fewer Hawaii workers testing positive for marijuana, amphetamine use - Pacific Business News

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ogyBut Diagnostic Laboratory Services says there's been a slight uptick in positive tests for cocaine use.

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Mixed news from the drug war. Carl Linden, the scientific director of toxicology at Diagnostic Laboratory Services, Inc., tells reporter Bill Cresenzo that smaller numbers of Hawaii workers are testing positive for methamphetamine and marijuana use.  However, Cresenzo notes that there has been a rise in the use of cocaine.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii Sustainability Conference To Explore 'A World Worth Living In' - Honolulu Civil Beat

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Honolulu Civil Beat Hawaii Sustainability Conference To Explore 'A World Worth Living In' Honolulu Civil Beat The headliners of Tuesday's "Ascent: Energy and Sustainability" conference will be getting around in electric and hybrid vehicles,...
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Former vice-president Al Gore and a panel of distinguished environmental leaders are hosting a Hawaii Sustainability Conference in Honolulu this week.  The accent of the "Ascent:  Energy and Sustainability Conference" is on building "a secure water and energy future for Hawaii in the midst of global warming and threatened natural resources."  In keeping with this theme, no speakers will be paid and transportation to and from the panel discussions will be by hybrid and electric vehicles.  Aloha, Russ.

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Whale watching from the office? Architects Hawaii says bring on the binoculars - Pacific Business News (Honolulu) (blog)

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Whale watching from the office? Architects Hawaii says bring on the binoculars Pacific Business News (Honolulu) (blog) From whale watching to showering after a morning surf session, the 80-plus employees at Architects Hawaii Ltd., the state's...
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I could have used an office space like this when I got into radio five decades ago.  "Pacific Business News" reporter Duane Shimogawa does an excellent job of describing the sustainable, forward thinking work environment of Architects Hawaii, Ltd., which occupies the working space of the Pacific Guardian Center's Makai Tower.  The expansive "office" includes a penthouse, shower facilities, and a prime spot to view passing Humpback Whales, "complete with binoculars and comfy couches>"  CEO Bettina Mehnert says the "coolest" parts of the "office" is the openness that allows architectural teams to truly collaborate.  Very nice place, indeed.  Aloha, Russ.

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Big Island community turns out for AIDS Walk - West Hawaii Today

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Big Island community turns out for AIDS Walk
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The Third annual Big Island AIDS Walk cruises through Liliuokalani Gardens Saturday morning.
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Lead by activist author, singer, and actor Pat Rocco, East Hawaii residents participated in the third annual Big Island AIDS Walk at Hilo's Liliuokalani Gardens Saturday morning.  The two-mile walk around the gardens was sponsored by the Hawaii Island HIV/AIDS Foundation.  The goal of the walk was to raise funds and awareness for those affected by the auto-immune disease.  Proceeds from the event "benefited HIV care services, prevention programs and HIV and Hepatitis C testing."  Aloha, Russ.

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Second ATM skimming suspect extradited to Hawaii, faces 20 years in prison - khon2.com

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Second ATM skimming suspect extradited to Hawaii, faces 20 years in prison
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A California man has finally been extradited back to Hawaii to face identity theft charges.
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A California man accused of participating in "an elaborate ATM skimming operation" in Waikiki has been returned to Honolulu for trial.  Armen Apoyan and co-defendant Argishi Khachaturyan were indicted by an Oahu grand jury and charged with identity theft and conspiracy.  Upon conviction, both men could face lengthy prison terms.  Aloha, Russ.

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Wind Advisory issued for Oahu, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Big Island - Hawaii News Now

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ongWind Advisory issued for Oahu, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Big Island
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A Wind Advisory has been issued until 6 p.m. Monday for Oahu, Lanai, Kahoolawe, and the Kohala and South Point areas of the Big Island of Hawaii.

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Strong northeast winds gusting to 45 mph in some windward areas could create dangerous driving conditions for larger vehicles such as SUVs and trucks.  On Hawaii Island, most of the high winds will be confined to the Kohala District and the South Point area.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii gets front-row seat for total lunar eclipse - Hawaii News Now

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Hawaii gets front-row seat for total lunar eclipse
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Hawaii will be in a prime spot for the first of two total lunar eclipses this year -- weather permitting. Monday night, the moon will be eclipsed by Earth's shadow.
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Weather permitting, Hawaii will be a prime viewing spot for two total lunar eclipses this year.  On Monday evening from 9:07 p.m. to 10:25 p.m., the moon will be covered by the Earth's shadow.  Another total lunar eclipse will happen over Hawaii on th night of 07-08 October 2014, with totality occurring at 12:25 a.m. 08 October 2014.  Aloha, Russ.

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M7.6 earthquake strikes off Solomon Islands, NO tsunami threat to Hawaii - khon2.com

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M7.6 earthquake strikes off Solomon Islands, NO tsunami threat to Hawaii
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The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) says there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii after a 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands.
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Here's the latest analysis of that huge temblor in the Soloman Islands.  So far only high waves and some minor damage have been reported . I hope you and your family are prepared for the "big one". Aloha, Russ

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Hawaii Legislature shifts, leaves some bills dead - West Hawaii Today

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Hawaii Legislature shifts, leaves some bills dead
West Hawaii Today
HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers are heading into the final stretch of their legislative session, and the fates of many bills have been decided thanks to the passing of a major deadline.
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A good review of bills still facing legislative scrutiny before the current session ends.  aloha. Russ

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Council mulls bill targeting belongings of homeless people - West Hawaii Today

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Council mulls bill targeting belongings of homeless people
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The council Committee on Public Works and Parks and Recreation has scheduled Bill 193 for its 10 a.m. Tuesday meeting at the West Hawaii Civic Center.
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Critics of the bill aren't so sure the measure will have a beneficial effect or improve public safety .  Aloha.  Russ 

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UH alumni first invited, then barred, from new recreation center - Hawaii News Now

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UH alumni first invited, then barred, from new recreation center Hawaii News Now The University of Hawaii-Manoa's new recreation center, which opened after 16 months of delays on Friday, is off limits to alumni for now, in spite of initial UH...
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First they could and now they can't.  The University of Hawaii - Manoa has gone back on its offer of giving a free two-week membership to alumni, faculty, and staff at the new $34 million Warrior Recreation Center on the Manoa Campus.  According to Lloyd Hisaka, the director of student services at UH-Manoa, the original press release was in error, saying the new center "wants to take care of students first, followed by faculty and staff."  State Senator Sam Slom says the miscommunication is "typical of UH projects."  I'm reminded of the comment made by a prison guard in the movie "Cool Hand Luke", where the guard, after shooting Paul Newman for escaping, said "What we have here is a failure to communicate."  This appears to be another case of the "left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing."  You tax dollars at work.  Aloha, Russ.

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State to change ID card, driver's license process - Hawaii News - Honolulu Star-Advertiser

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The cost of obtaining a state identification card and the documents required to get a driver's license in Hawaii will change beginning May 1st, the state Department of Transportation announced Tuesd (City announces changes to state ID card,...
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Effective 01 May 2014, the state of Hawaii will charge more for a state ID and will require two forms of personal identification to secure a driver's license.   A state ID will cost $40.00 on Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island, with a fee of $5 per year.  Those applying for a driver's license must provide two forms of personal identification to prove principal residence in Hawaii.  Among the items qualifying as a personal ID include a current Hawaii state driver's license, a current voter registration card, a current utility bill, a current bank statement, a vehicle registration or title document, and certain income tax forms.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii's industrial market continues to tighten up - Pacific Business News

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The report by CBRE Inc. says Hawaii's industrial vacancy rate spiraled down to 2.2 percent from 3.5 percent the same time period a year ago.
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According to a new study released by CBRE, Inc, Hawaii's industrial real estate market "continues to tighten up...,which has fueled increased competition for the limited warehouse space n the market."

 

CBRE, Inc. Executive vice president Dana Peiterson tells reporter Duane Shimaogawa that "it's a landlord's market...for the first time in a long time, we are seeing speculative developments...in Kapolei and Kailua."  Aloha, Russ.

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Governor Challenges Authenticity Of Late Senator's Deathbed Wish - Huffington Post

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Governor Challenges Authenticity Of Late Senator's Deathbed Wish
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Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii) be chosen to succeed him was legitimate.
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The primary election battle to succeed the late Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye has been taken up a notch.  Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie has questioned the authenticity of Inouye's deathbed request that Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa succeed him in the U.S. Senate.  Following Inouye's death two years ago, Abercrombie appointed Lt. Governor Brian Schatz to serve out the remainder of Inouye's term.  Abercrombie told "The Los Angeles Times" that he wasn't certain that Inouye's letter was genuine.  President Obama has endorsed Schatz in the 09 August 2014 Democratic Primary Election.  Aloha, Russ.

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Instructors Ask if Hawaii's New Teacher Evaluation System Fails Students - Honolulu Civil Beat

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Honolulu Civil Beat Instructors Ask if Hawaii's New Teacher Evaluation System Fails Students Honolulu Civil Beat The 29-year-old Hanalei Elementary School educator is at her wits' end, insisting she'll abandon her job unless the Hawaii Department...
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According to "Honolulu Civic Beat",  Kauai public school elementary teacher Jessica Kerber has "had it" with the additional requirements levied on her under the Educator Effectiveness System.  Kerber says she'll "abandon her job unless the Hawaii Department of Education drastically changes the way it treats its teachers."  The core of the problem is the reform package that ties teacher pay to student performance and the additional "range of rigorous metrics designed to assess the quality of their instruction and its impact on student achievement."  Some teachers, such as Ms. Kerber, tell "Honolulu Civic Beat" that the additional requirements are "far too time-consuming and detract from quality classroom instruction."  Aloha, Russ.

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Ewa herb farm settles federal labor charges - Hawaii News - Honolulu Star-Advertiser

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A local farm has agreed to settle a Department of Labor complaint that charged the farm underpaid its workers by hundreds of thousands of dollars.Fat Law's Farm, an Ewa herb and vegetable farm, wi (Hawaii farm "Fat Law Farm" ordered to pay over...
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According to the Associated Press, A Hawaii farm has agreed to settle a Department of Labor complaint that charged the  farm underpaid its workers by hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Fat Law's Farm, a Waipahu herb and vegetable farm, will pay workers more than $430,000 in back wages and penalties to settle the federal claim.  According to the settlement, Fat Law's " violated the Fair Labor Standards  Act by paying employees no more than $5 per hour, by withholding overtime pay and by neglecting to keep proper employment records."  Aloha, Russ.

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State lawmakers to hear measure aimed at reducing credit card fraud - Hawaii News Now

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State lawmakers to hear measure aimed at reducing credit card fraud Hawaii News Now "We're trying to move this effort at the federal level and make it more global, but the fact is there are many people, even in Hawaii, that are being affected by...
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House Concurrent Resolution 32 urges Congress and financial institutions to adopt newer methods to avoid credit card thefts. According to the state office of Consumer Protection, 16 percent of Hawaii's residents have been victims of data theft.  The resolution "seeks to reduce these numbers by urging the use of computer chips to store data, rather than the magnetic strip."  Data chips have been used for years in Europe to control identity theft.  The main stumbling block to adopting such technology in the United States has been the cost of converting millions of ATM machines to the new system.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii schools joins Mexico City school for virtual field trip - Hawaii 24/7 (press release)

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Hawaii schools joins Mexico City school for virtual field trip
Hawaii 24/7 (press release)
On Monday, April 14, Keaau Elementary fourth and fifth graders will visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park for a hike into Kilauea Iki.
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Thanks to Google Glass and Livestream, fourth and fifth grade students from Keaau Elementary School will have some special visitors with them when the classes visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park this morning (Monday, 14 April 2014).  Students from Peterson Schools in Mexico city will enjoy hiking to Kilauea Iki through the eyes of students wearing new Google Glass devices.  These glasses will "allow viewers to see the experience with their eyes."  Aloha, Russ.

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Jeep fire causes $24500 in damage to Hilo house - Hawaii News Now

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Jeep fire causes $24500 in damage to Hilo house
Hawaii News Now
Hilo firefighters are investigating the cause of a vehicle fire that caused $24,500 in damage to a house Saturday night.
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According to "hawaiinewsnow.com", the Hawaii County Fire Department is investigating a vehicle fire that caused approximately $24,500 damage to a home at 272 Kaiulani Street in Hilo Saturday night.  Fire investigators say a 2010 Jeep was found inside the garage with its engine on fire.  The single occupant of the home was not injured.  Aloha, Russ.

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What's Old Is New: Pesticide-Free Crop Growing Techniques

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One of the best ways to help change the environment is to avoid factory-farmed animal products, as well as GMOs.

Via Wes Thomas
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An interesting article submitted by reporter Wes Thomas. As this graphic shows, many of the traditional crop growing and animal husbandry techniques of the past are being brought back in light of the damage resulting from the over use of chemical pesticides , "as well as GMOs."  In Hawaii, the traditional ways of raising crops and managing ocean resources have something to offer.  Perhaps, we have lost sight of the synergy  between humankind and the environment.  Some interesting "food for thought."  Aloha, Russ.

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Hitting back at Heartbleed bug - Hawaii News Now

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Hitting back at Heartbleed bug
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The Heartbleed bug found security flaws in some of the most popular web sites on the Internet like Twitter, Instagram, Google, Facebook and many others.
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This nasty bug has been noticed for about two years. Why was't something done when it first appeared? So. Like many of my online friends, I've changed passwords and public visibility of some personal data.  The article contains some helpful tips on protecting your social sites and your blogs.  Cyber security is joke in this country.  That's why I don't bank on line or use an ATM.  There are too many ways for a skilled hacker to penetrate your records. I've been a victim of identity theft as we'll...not a pleasant experience.  Aloha, Russ.

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Group plugs tiny homes as Hawaii housing solution - West Hawaii Today

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Group plugs tiny homes as Hawaii housing solution
West Hawaii Today
HONOLULU — Advocates in Honolulu are proposing that Hawaii rejigger its ohana housing regulations so the tiny homes might address the state's urgent housing shortage.
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Here's another idea on solving the homeless issue in Hawaii...build a lot of small houses and basic apartments.  Perhaps this idea is worth a try.  The only downsides of this project are finding money for constructing the houses and sufficient land on which to build them.  Aloha, Russ 

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