Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Friday, August 12, 2011
Akaka Brings Democrat Staffers to Maui for Taxpayer-funded Vacation
By Selected News Articles @ 1:36 PM :: 10426 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Democratic Hill staffers head to Maui on taxpayers’ dime for Senate Indian Affairs Committee field hearing


by Matthew Boyle - The Daily Caller

Senate Democrats are charging taxpayers for a trip to Hawaii, The Daily Caller has learned. The entire press staff of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee is in Maui, even though a field hearing there won’t happen until next Wednesday.

The committee’s oversight field hearing, scheduled for August 17 at 9:00 a.m. at the Maui Beach Hotel, will focus on “Strengthening Self-Sufficiency: Overcoming Barriers to Economic Development in Native Communities.”

Rick Manning from Americans for Limited Government, which first discovered the hearing, told TheDC it’s unbelievable that Hill staffers talking about fiscal responsibility would waste money on a trip to Maui.

“It’s outrageous that Senate Democrats have so little respect for the American taxpayer that in the same month they buried our credit rating, they’re heading to Hawaii to celebrate,” Manning said.

A committee staffer told TheDC that the reason the hearing will be in Maui is “mostly because it’s his [committee chairman Sen. Daniel Akaka’s] home state.” It’s unclear if the field hearing will focus on any issues relating at all to Hawaii, or if the reasoning for scheduling the trip there is only because Akaka will already be in Hawaii during the congressional recess.

The staffer said Akaka is the only senator who will attend.

The Democratic committee staffers used taxpayer funding to travel to Hawaii a full week before their committee’s hearing date. When TheDC called the committee’s Washington, D.C., office Thursday afternoon, a different staffer who answered the phone said all the committee’s communications staffers are already in Maui….

read … Democratic Hill staffers head to Maui on taxpayers’ dime

* * * * *

Hmmmmm... OHA Trustees to meet on Maui August 17-18 

Hmmmmm... August 23rd through August 25th in Honolulu, 10th Annual CNHA Conference

CNHA Conf: 500 OHA cronies seeking Free Money

Hawaii's congressional delegates, the governor and officials with the Obama White House Initiative on Pacific Islanders are among those expected to attend.

Issues to be discussed include cultural preservation, education, housing, economic development, and self-determination.

read … 500 register

* * * * *

NRD: Senate Committee Off to Maui on Taxpayer-funded Trip!

Here are the details:

OVERSIGHT FIELD HEARING on “Strengthening Self-Sufficiency: Overcoming Barriers to Economic Development in Native Communities”

Wednesday, August 17 2011


Maui Beach Hotel 170 Kaahumanu Avenue Kahului, HI 96732



Panel # 0

Mr. Jack Stevens

Chief of the Division of Economic Development

Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.

Ms. Michelle Kauhane

Deputy Director

State of Hawaii, Department of Hawaii Home Lands, Honolulu, HI

Panel # 1

Mr. Brian Patterson


United South and Eastern Tribes, Nashville, TN

Ms. Robin Danner


Council for Native American Advancement, Honolulu, HI

Panel # 2

The Honorable Nathan Small


Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, Fort Hall, ID

The Honorable W. Ron Allen

Tribal Chair

Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Sequim, WA

Mr. Michael Hudson

Operations Manager

Wow Farm, Inc., Kamuela, HI

And here’s where it’s being held: http://www.mauibeachhotel.net/hotel_overview.htm


TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote


808 Silent Majority

ACA Signups Hawaii

Alliance Defending Freedom

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

American Council of Trustees and Alumni


Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Astronomy Hawaii

Back da Blue Hawaii

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Better Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group


Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii


Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute


Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Credit Union Watch

Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii Future Project

Hawaii Gathering of Eagles

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together



Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

July 4 in Hawaii

Kakaako Cares

Keep Hawaii's Heroes

Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Malulani Foundation

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui


Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii


National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport


OHA Lies

Opt Out Today


Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii



Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

ReRoute the Rail

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

Save Dillingham Airfield

School Choice in Hawaii


Sink the Jones Act

Statehood for Guam

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

UCC Truths

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

VAREP Honolulu


West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii