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Monday, January 27, 2020
SB2331 Will Legislators Give Kaneshiro Crony $50M?
By Andrew Walden @ 4:20 PM :: 4778 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Law Enforcement

...What does a drunk rave promoter know about aviation fuel anyway?....

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Sunday, January 26, 2020
Death Row 'Not-a-Pimp' McCoy Kicked out by Angry Mother
By Andrew Walden @ 6:19 PM :: 5176 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement

...McCoy escaped death row but he couldn't escape mother of one of his 'girlfriends'....

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Thursday, January 23, 2020
Nobody in Hawaii really believes in sea level rise
By Andrew Walden @ 3:34 AM :: 4390 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Rail

...Perhaps HART should require its P3 partner to solve the ‘last mile problem’ by installing mooring cleats for gondolas.... 

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020
HSTA Pushing ANOTHER Massive Pay Hike with No Accountability
By Andrew Walden @ 2:21 PM :: 3617 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...HSTA got $45M in a contract reopener April 1, 2019.  On December 5, 2019 HSTA and DoE announced a massive pay hike for teachers working in so-called 'hard to fill' positions.  Now in a January 10, 2020, anouncement, the HSTA and Kishimoto are proposing to bump thousands of union members up five steps....

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Lawsuit: Hawaii AG David Louie Conspired with Money-Grubbing Trial Lawyers to Gin up $8B Case 
By Andrew Walden @ 6:06 PM :: 3964 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

... The lawsuit could have far broader implications for the AG’s office given the large number of national cases the Hawaii AG’s office involves itself in.  How many of those cases are driven by the profit interest of private law firms? ....

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Crooks Cry Racism: Debunking OHA’s Audit Excuses
By Andrew Walden @ 5:16 AM :: 4837 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...We at Hawai’i Free Press only needed 30 minutes to write this point-by-point rebuttal.  Yes.  It is that easy....

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Monday, January 6, 2020
DHHL Leaseholds--many vacant or abandoned
By Andrew Walden @ 5:24 PM :: 4703 Views :: DHHL

...Could the real estate market put 100s of Hawaiian families into the DHHL homes they have been waiting for?....

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Sunday, January 5, 2020
OHA Sacrifices $3.2M to Hide Lawyer’s Conflict of Interest?
By Andrew Walden @ 7:23 PM :: 6420 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Former OHA CEO Kamana’o Crabbe is gone and OHA claims Crabbe’s departure shows the agency is cleaning up.  But the Board lawyer who signed off on everything is still in place....

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Thursday, January 2, 2020
Legislative Agenda: OHA to Parlay Mauna Kea Protests into Control of BLNR, LUC
By Andrew Walden @ 9:16 PM :: 3964 Views :: Ethics, Greenmail, OHA

...ensuring that four members of both the Land Use Commission and the Board of Land and Natural Resources are selected from lists submitted to the Governor by OHA....

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Thursday, December 26, 2019
Mauna Kea Protest Shows Need for a Return to Elected County Sheriffs
By Andrew Walden @ 1:10 PM :: 6183 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Hawaii History, OHA, Police

...Hawaii lost its elected county sheriffs as a result of the Massie case....

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Saturday, December 21, 2019
Campaign Spending: John Carroll Declines to Seek Criminal Charges Against Eric Ryan
By Andrew Walden @ 2:20 AM :: 3182 Views :: Ethics, Republican Party

... Respondents reported a monthly charge of $14.65 to Netflix on 6/19/18, 7/17/18, and 8/17/18 for “online research” ....

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Saturday, December 21, 2019
Busted: Josh Green Hiding Out of State Contributions--Out $13K
By Andrew Walden @ 2:04 AM :: 3491 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

...8 contributors who each gave the $6,000 maximum amount to Respondent, also gave to another candidate committee.  However, Respondent reported that these 8 contributors had Hawaii addresses while the other candidate committee reported that these 8 contributors had out-of-state addresses....

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Saturday, December 21, 2019
Legislative Agenda: CSC Behind Seven Bills for Campaign Finance reform
By Andrew Walden @ 1:48 AM :: 2191 Views :: Ethics

...the following 7 bills have been drafted for the Commission’s consideration for the 2020 Legislative Session....

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Friday, December 20, 2019
Timeline: Hawaii County Council Abandons TMT--Ige Abandons Mauna Kea—Confusion Reigns 
By Andrew Walden @ 1:46 AM :: 4623 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...Now that the Telescope is off the table. "The police are going to come heavy handed Dec 26 with enforcement and they going to clear all the tents from the highway."  The police will only be allowed to do this because it does not settle the telescope issue .... 

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Saturday, December 14, 2019
OIP Strips Back OHA Censorship
By Andrew Walden @ 8:51 PM :: 4183 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, OHA

...OIP deconstructs OHA insiders’ latest gambit in their flagging attempt to silence dissident Trustee Keli’i Akina....

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Sunday, December 8, 2019
How OHA Lawyers Hid $200K Procurement Violation
By Andrew Walden @ 8:38 PM :: 4926 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Are there other items fraudulently deleted from the check registers?....

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Friday, December 6, 2019
OIP: OHA’s PIG is a Dead Duck
By Andrew Walden @ 11:58 PM :: 5072 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, OHA

...Responding to questions about OHA Trustee Chair Colette Machado’s imaginary “OIP Opinion”....

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019
OIP: OHA PIG Opinion ‘Does not Exist’
By Andrew Walden @ 2:57 PM :: 3260 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...OIP says an alleged OIP Opinion-- cited by OHA Trustee Chair Colette Machado as a rationale for a continued investigation of Trustee Keli'i Akina-- does not exist....

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Saturday, November 23, 2019
Maintenance Backlog? DoE Facilities Branch Administrators Build themselves Houses, Apartment Complex
By Andrew Walden @ 2:12 AM :: 5343 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...Don’t get the wrong idea.  DoE employees aren’t lazy bums.  According to reports issued today by the Hawaii State ethics commission, they are working very hard on several very important construction projects—but not for the DoE....

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Saturday, November 9, 2019
Veterans Day Events Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 4:25 PM :: 2970 Views :: Military

...events on Oahu, Big Island, Maui and Kauai....

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019
With Help from Maui Council, Convicted Sovereignty Scammer Keanu Sai Launches ‘Hawaiian Kingdom’ Bond Sales
By Andrew Walden @ 5:16 AM :: 7077 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Higher Education, OHA

...there’s only one problem, the bonds have already expired.... 

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Thursday, October 24, 2019
Kahuku and Waimanalo Protests show why Hawaii Needs Municipal Government
By Andrew Walden @ 6:03 PM :: 5384 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government

...Hawai'i is the ONLY state without any municipal governments below the county level....

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Ala Wai Development Plan Serves OHA, not Boaters
By Andrew Walden @ 3:31 AM :: 5227 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Small Business

...OHA stands to potentially receive a 20% cut of revenues generated from development of so-called ‘ceded lands’-- such as the Ala Wai harbor....

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Monday, September 30, 2019
Mauna Kea: Harry Kim Presents Fluffy Booklet Full of Cash Offers
By Andrew Walden @ 10:05 PM :: 6202 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...Will Kim’s book of cash offers be enough to pull the institutional support out from under the telescope protesters camp?....

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Saturday, September 28, 2019
OHA Refuses to Cooperate with Auditor—May Lose Legislative Appropriation to Hide LLC Secrets
By Andrew Walden @ 9:40 PM :: 4279 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... Perhaps Trustees don’t want legislators to get a more in-depth view of Trustees’ direct involvement in OHA’s dishonest Act 37 lobbying effort. ...

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Friday, September 27, 2019
Tents, Trash, and Toilets: OHA Funds Make Mauna Kea Protests Possible
By Andrew Walden @ 5:13 AM :: 8566 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Greenmail, Higher Education, Law Enforcement, OHA

...Perhaps of interest to the Attorney General, the OHA-funded contracts illegally place the rented equipment on land belonging to DHHL, DLNR, and HDoT....

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Lawsuit Strips TMT of Canary Islands Permit
By Andrew Walden @ 9:42 PM :: 9057 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...If the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) is not built in Hawaii, it can just go to the Canary Islands, right?  Wrong....

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Sunday, September 22, 2019
Telescope Protesters Lead 'Two Minute Hate'
By Andrew Walden @ 8:18 PM :: 5024 Views :: First Amendment, Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

“In the future, everybody will be Emmanuel Goldstein for 2 minutes.” – Andy Orwell....

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Mauna Kea Press Conference features convicted drug dealer and protester "acquitted due to mental incapacity"
By Andrew Walden @ 4:20 PM :: 11219 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA, Police

...  They are trying to get the identity of an officer without paying a $5,000 bounty ....

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Monday, September 16, 2019
Kondo to OHA: I can Subpoena You
By Andrew Walden @ 9:24 PM :: 3671 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...With its LLCs on the line, OHA has already stonewalled one audit—while lying to the legislature about it.  Are they now preparing to stonewall another?....

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Sunday, September 15, 2019
Video: Anti-Telescope Activists go to Hawaii County Building, Threaten to 'Arrest' County Officials
By Andrew Walden @ 8:28 PM :: 120935 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, Law Enforcement, OHA, Police

...The videos show anti-telescope activists in black tactical vests labelled “HKPO” September 10, 2019 at the Hawaii County Building in Hilo.... 

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019
9/11 Truthers Meet the Birth Certificate Brigade
By Andrew Walden @ 4:05 AM :: 17285 Views :: Republican Party, Obama

“…I LOVE a group of hapless morons who are turning the GOP into the party of tinfoilhat nutters who only have conspiracy theories about birth certificates...." --poster on Democratic Underground

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Sunday, September 8, 2019
Legal Fees: OHA Lawyers Bill 15 Times Higher
By Andrew Walden @ 8:24 PM :: 5725 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...One experienced downtown attorney tells Hawai’i Free Press he has never before seen a “no position” filing in response to a motion for legal fees....

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Saturday, August 31, 2019
OHA: Crabbe Spent Last Month in Office Hiding From Auditors
By Andrew Walden @ 9:53 PM :: 5134 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Crabbe managed to hide from Auditors who were present at OHA HQ June 3 through June 14, 2019....

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Saturday, August 24, 2019
With All Eyes on Mauna Kea, OHA, KSBE Insiders Make a Quick Grab for $6.7M
By Andrew Walden @ 9:33 PM :: 7222 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...But instead of being rushed into rubber-stamping an obvious insider deal, Trustees Keli’i Akina, Carmen Hulu Lindsey, and Kalei Akaka voted ‘No.’....

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Thursday, August 15, 2019
Ebbtide Waikiki: Fullard-Leo Family Fights Pimps for Control of Hotel (literally)
By Andrew Walden @ 6:16 PM :: 11972 Views :: Development, Law Enforcement, Police, Tourism, Drugs

...a July 22, 2019 'melee' between members of the Fullard-Leo family and 20 pimps and drug dealers....

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Saturday, August 10, 2019
Disciplinary Board: Lawyer Gary V Dubin Billed Client for 30 Hours in One Day
By Andrew Walden @ 10:32 PM :: 7238 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

... Has a Honolulu lawyer invented time travel—or is he now set for his 15 minutes of fame? ....

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Thursday, August 8, 2019
After Years of Illegality, OHA LLCs Hand over Check Registers—Trustees Repeal Nepotism Clause
By Andrew Walden @ 11:08 PM :: 5742 Views :: OHA

...search the record yourself—who are the “beneficiaries” of the OHA “friends and family plan”?.... 

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Monday, July 29, 2019
OHA Anti-Telescope Activism Begins With Rejection of Cayetano-Era 'Settlement'
By Andrew Walden @ 9:20 PM :: 5952 Views :: Greenmail, OHA

...In 1999, the state offered OHA $250 million and ownership of revenue-producing lands to settle the claims, but bickering trustees turned it down....

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Saturday, July 20, 2019
Machado: “OHA has no position on the siting of the TMT on Maunakea”
By Andrew Walden @ 11:02 PM :: 9737 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Greenmail, Higher Education, Land Use, OHA

...Trustees are reminding Governor Ige of OHA’s real goal—not stopping the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) but gaining control of thousands of acres atop Mauna Kea.... 

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Friday, July 19, 2019
AG Settles Case: Hawaii Discriminates Against Legal Immigrants on Gun Permits
By Andrew Walden @ 10:19 AM :: 6677 Views :: Second Amendment

...Hawaii state law completely forbids anyone who is not a citizen of the United States of America from even applying for a gun permit....

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019
HART Board: Kim not gone--Stays on to Maintain Quorum
By Andrew Walden @ 10:22 PM :: 83241 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Rail

...Kim says he will stay until a replacement Board member is selected....

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Monday, July 8, 2019
Solar Variance Trick Makes Housing Even More Un-affordable in Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 11:04 PM :: 6467 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Development, Cost of Living

...a dirty legislative trick from 2008 has--eleven years later--effectively outlawed new installation of tankless on-demand gas water heaters....

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Saturday, July 6, 2019
OHA LLCs Agree to Provide Check Register
By Andrew Walden @ 8:43 PM :: 5117 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... OHA’s response comes just two days after the departure of former OHA CEO Kamana’o Crabbe .... 

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Judge Orders OHA LLCs to Hand Over Check Registers
By Andrew Walden @ 9:40 PM :: 4740 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...How much more beneficiary money will OHA insiders waste in this futile effort to keep their own secrets?....

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019
OHA Granted Marijuana Grower Right to Audit LLCs
By Andrew Walden @ 1:18 AM :: 5029 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Drugs

"... (Marijuana grower Ranson Shepherd) may audit any and all records of (OHA) relating to the Confidential Information, as well as (OHA’s) security and protection measures, and procedures ...."

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Auditor: No More Silly Talk About Profits at the Convention Center
By Andrew Walden @ 9:41 PM :: 3857 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

...Released today, a State Auditor’s report shows the Convention Center ‘s operating loss has jumped up from an anemic $4.3M in 2017 to a much more robust $8.3M in calendar year 2018....

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Monday, June 17, 2019
Why is the Hawaii Attorney General too busy to prosecute charter school corruption? 
By Andrew Walden @ 8:42 PM :: 6080 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Law Enforcement

...The day after an allegedly corrupt charter school director evaded justice, the AG’s office sent out yet another nationally-themed news release--ironically calling on Congress to do something about … corrupt educational institutions....

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Sunday, June 16, 2019
After Lying to Legislature OHA Shoots Messenger--and Misses
By Andrew Walden @ 10:28 PM :: 5918 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... what was it that Keli'i Akina said? ....

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Saturday, June 15, 2019
Debunked: Caldwell’s ‘Vancouver Tax’ Does Nothing to Ease Rental Crisis
By Andrew Walden @ 4:07 AM :: 5652 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Taxes

...1,100 homes were removed from the rental market in the first year of the city’s empty-homes tax....

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