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Hawaii DOT Proposes Road Usage Charge

King Mika Mar 13, 2019
To replace an outdated tax. Hawaii's fuel tax revenue, which provides approximately one third of state highways funding, continues to decrease as vehicles become more fuel efficient. The Hawaii Department of Transportation (Hawaii DOT) has proposed a road…
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Ship Your Items How it's Stated in Your Description

King Mika Mar 11, 2019
Apparently, that's asking for too much. Once again a seller on a popular auction website tried to rip me off by shipping my item via a much slower service. This time I paid $5 in shipping and handling charges to ship a 2.5 oz Blu-ray movie via USPS…
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Enjoying the Cool Weather While it Lasts

King Mika Mar 08, 2019
Because spring and El Nino is developing. Hawaii had some of the best weather on the planet this winter thanks to cooler than normal temperatures. Unfortunately, the comfortable weather will soon end because the solar radiation has been increasing with each…
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Hawaii's Roller Coaster Weather Ride Continues

King Mika Feb 21, 2019
It's only going to get worse. The weather in Hawaii has been a roller coaster weather ride over the past week. We had a wind storm, a rain storm, a winter storm, and now we're going to have a thunderstorm with volcanic emissions that is forecast to last three…
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Autumn Finally Reached Hawaii in February

King Mika Feb 15, 2019
Rather late than never. Hawaii is finally experiencing autumn-like weather in February due to a persistent northern wind pattern. The overnight low temperature has been in the upper 50s, which results in an ideal indoor temperature in the mid-60s. What's…
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Hawaii Tax Refund Status Listed as Redeemed

King Mika Feb 11, 2019
When it wasn't redeemed. I checked the status of my 2018 Hawaii state income tax refund last week and the Hawaii Department of Taxation (Hawaii DOT) stated that it was already redeemed with the following message: Refund Status Our records indicate that your…
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Government Shutdown Delays Hawaii Tax Refunds

King Mika Feb 05, 2019
Another shutdown could be catastrophic. The ripple effects from the United States federal government shutdown that occurred from December 22, 2018 until January 25, 2019 continues. Both the IRS and Hawaii Department of Taxation (Hawaii DOT) are expected to…
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Officer Plover is Back Watching the Traffic

King Mika Feb 04, 2019
To start issuing citations immediately. Officer Plover the Pacific golden plover went missing while Hawaii was experiencing high winds earlier last week. I'm happy to report that bird is back watching the traffic next to its feeding grounds. It must be…
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Hawaii Has the Best Weather on the Planet

King Mika Jan 29, 2019
For now... The powerful northern wind flow that brought cool dry air to the state of Hawaii this past Saturday will stick around today. Most of the state has been experiencing sustainable 20 MPH wind, with gusts of up to 50 MPH. The daily highs near coastal…
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Three Way Intersections is Dangerous in Hawaii

King Mika Dec 14, 2018
Here's why. Reckless drivers in Hawaii has been testing their luck for decades, and it has reached the point that it's common to see a driver speeding through a red light. The three way intersections in Hawaii is particularly dangerous, because if the drivers…

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