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Friday, May 7, 2021
The U.S. Owes Hawaiians Millions of Dollars Worth of Land. Hawaii Congressional Delegation Helped Make Sure the Debt Wasn’t Paid.
By Selected News Articles @ 5:37 PM :: 3854 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Hawaii History

... At least six other current and former members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation have supported such legislation one or more times ....

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Friday, May 7, 2021
How the Deals Approved by Congress Bypassed Thousands of Hawaiians Waiting for Homes
By Selected News Articles @ 5:29 PM :: 2551 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Hawaii History

... They were authorized via special legislation approved by Congress, including members of Hawaii’s own delegation ....

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Saturday, May 1, 2021
Legislators Breathe New Life into Auditing OHA
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:06 AM :: 1993 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... During the 2021 legislative session, lawmakers demonstrated strong interest in matters concerning the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) ....

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Friday, April 30, 2021
Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:19 PM :: 2174 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, COVID-19

...The Fumble or The Phantom Punch....

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Thursday, April 29, 2021
Legislature allows governor to act without restraint for another year
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:26 PM :: 2037 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... This bill was so close to the finish line that the only question seemed to be whether Gov. Ige would agree to limit his power ....

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Bills would Increase efficiency of State procurement
By News Release @ 9:36 PM :: 2334 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... HB526 and SB1329 ....

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
OHA aide accused of wire fraud--Tried to Flee Country
By Selected News Articles @ 5:49 PM :: 3113 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Small Business

... Court documents said Harleman used his firm, Precision Accounting Hawaii, to defraud an Oahu landscaping business out more than $415,000 ....

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Capital improvement procurement protests grind to a halt
By Andrew Walden @ 11:30 PM :: 2073 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... a “potential catastrophe” enabling “abuse of discretion… (which) …will promote and enable favoritism and/or corruption in public procurement.” ....

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Sunday, April 25, 2021
Mehau in Majuro – How the US Meth Epidemic Began
By Andrew Walden @ 10:02 PM :: 9253 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii History, Drugs

... “We’re not proud of it.  But crystal methamphetamine is our gift to the nation. It started here.” -- Judge and Former US Attorney Ed Kubo ....

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Sunday, April 25, 2021
The Whackee Strikes Back!
By Tom Yamachika @ 2:38 PM :: 2691 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... and he pulls no punches ....

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Saturday, April 24, 2021
Legislative Audit of OHA’s Limited Liability Companies Cancelled
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:28 AM :: 2304 Views :: Ethics, OHA

"...This is a great loss to OHA‘s beneficiaries. There are numerous questions of accountability and transparency which will go unanswered without the state legislative audit...."

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Sunday, April 18, 2021
State Auditor Facing a Whack Job?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 3543 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, OHA

... the report spends lots of time reviewing the Auditor’s recent actions involving the Office of Hawaiian Affairs ....

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Thursday, April 15, 2021
After Kaka'ako Makai Debacle: 'OHA Shall Seek Decision Making Influence over All Land in Hawai'i'
By Andrew Walden @ 6:08 AM :: 3285 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, Land Use, OHA

... OHA shall promote the idea that every property in Hawai'i is sacred and pursue initiatives that help achieve a broad acceptance of this truth ....

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Aipoalani: Being banned never stopped him
By Selected News Articles @ 2:14 PM :: 2091 Views :: Ethics

he “...had previously attempted to divert federal grant funds to his bank account”....

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021
SB1350: Hawaii House Votes to Suspend Pay Raises for Legislators
By News Release @ 9:13 PM :: 2245 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The House voted for a suspension running through December 31, 2022 ....

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Auditor: Working Group Report "Slipshod and riddled with errors and omissions"
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:06 PM :: 2753 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, OHA

... Scathing ‘audit’ of Hawaii state auditor Les Kondo is met with scathing rebuttal ....

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Monday, April 12, 2021
Trump campaign boosted by $1.7M Pass Thru via Hawaii GOP
By News Release @ 3:55 AM :: 1885 Views :: Ethics, Republican Party

... Federal regulators are probing financial reporting discrepancies stemming from an effort to funnel $75 million through state Republican parties to the national GOP effort to reelect Donald Trump ....

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Saturday, April 10, 2021
Rep Ward Questions Inaction on Legislative Pay Hikes
By Rep Gene Ward @ 5:48 AM :: 2229 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

.... Speaker Saiki and Senate President Kochi have until April 28 (Adjournment Day) to rectify the situation if they so desire ....

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Monday, April 5, 2021
DCCA Finally Going After Fake ‘Hawaiian Kingdom Bond’ Scheme?
By Andrew Walden @ 10:14 PM :: 3290 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement, OHA

“...Securities Commission of the State of Hawaii is about to commence an enforcement action ... based upon the sale of unregistered Kingdom of Hawaii Exchequer Bonds, in violation of HRS § 485A-301....”

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Sunday, April 4, 2021
What Does the Honolulu Council Want to Know About Kimura Shooting?
By Andrew Walden @ 5:50 PM :: 3057 Views :: Ethics, Police

... Six years after the fact, State court litigation in the Sgt Anson Kimura shooting case is about to kick into high gear ....

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Sunday, April 4, 2021
Al Hee Claims Ownership of Federal Subsidies--Court Laughs
By Robert Thomas @ 2:47 AM :: 2379 Views :: DHHL, Ethics

... There's a lot there: acronyms, bureaucracy-speak, family-inside politician dealings, tax fraud convictions, and the like ....

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Friday, April 2, 2021
Hanabusa Attack on Auditor is all about hiding corruption in the Office of Hawaiian Affairs
By Andrew Walden @ 5:06 AM :: 4441 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... The report was written solely for the purpose of keeping OHA Trustees Executive Session minutes out of the hands of State Auditor Les Kondo .... 

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Thursday, April 1, 2021
DLIR Update: $5.2B in Pandemic Benefits Paid
By News Release @ 9:18 PM :: 1823 Views :: Ethics, Labor, COVID-19

... DLIR hired a vendor to perform investigations focusing on overpayments. Solid State Operations, Inc. will begin with 25 investigators on April 6 ....

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Thursday, April 1, 2021
Applicants Wanted for State Ethics and Campaign Spending Commissions
By News Release @ 7:27 PM :: 2195 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

... The Judicial Council is seeking applicants to fill upcoming vacancies on the Hawaii State Ethics Commission and Campaign Spending Commission ....

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Feds Bust Six in DPP Bribery Scheme
By Selected News Articles @ 1:04 AM :: 5086 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... Federal corruption probe targets DPP staffers and one local architect ....

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Sunday, March 28, 2021
What Does Blangiardi’s Police Commission Nominee Know About Kimura Shooting?
By Andrew Walden @ 11:54 PM :: 5028 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police

... Cap't Ben Mahi was the 2nd-highest-ranking officer of HPD Division 1, when a drunken Division 1 Sgt Anson Kimura accidentally shot waitress Hyun Ju Park ....

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Saturday, March 27, 2021
Guilty of Bribery, Embezzlement: Caldwell Admin CARES Act Administrator Hanalei Aipoalani
By News Release @ 3:26 AM :: 7286 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, COVID-19

... Hanalei Aipoalani, 42, of Waianae, Hawaii, pled guilty in federal court today to embezzling more than $500,000 from AmeriCorps and to agreeing to accept a bribe for the administration of grants under the CARES Act ....

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Friday, March 19, 2021
ODC Complaint: Megan Kau Worked for Miske and Cop Who Arrested Him
By News Release @ 8:28 PM :: 4039 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement, Police

... ODC complaint claims a conflict of interest existed when local attorneys Megan Kau and Tristan Andres worked simultaneously for a Michael Miske company and for an HPD Sgt who arrested Miske ....

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Friday, March 19, 2021
Grassroot Institute Legislative Update
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:55 AM :: 2380 Views :: Ethics, Development, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... Hawaii's Legislature is about halfway through its 2021 session, and if we're lucky, the good will outweigh the bad when it's over ....

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Thursday, March 18, 2021
Mass Disenrollment from 'Campus of Fear': COVID Money Disappearing from Hawaii Community College?
By News Release @ 8:51 PM :: 2335 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education

"...caused approximately a 10% reduction in the Fall 2020 enrollment...."

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Thursday, March 4, 2021
Rep Ohno: 'Give Me Money and I'll Show You How to Get Your Bill Passed'
By News Release @ 10:56 PM :: 2293 Views :: Ethics

"... make a contribution of any amount to my campaign, and I’ll send you a Zoom invite to my webinar fundraiser. It’ll be worthwhile, I promise!...."

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021
OIP: UIPA Under COVID Emergency Rules
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 1541 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... SP18 requires an agency that relies on the suspended deadlines to acknowledge receipt of “UIPA Requests”  ....

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
VIDEO: Police Chief says 263 officers abused overtime policy
By Video @ 2:34 AM :: 1877 Views :: Ethics, Police

... The video was sent to officers Friday morning on the department’s private communication channel ....

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Monday, March 1, 2021
Ethics: Cows and Church at HYCF
By News Release @ 7:45 PM :: 1869 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

... HYCF has conducted cattle ranching operations on HYCF property for many years ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
Rep Har DUI Arrest: Smelled of Alcohol, Yelled 'Black Lives Matter'
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 9001 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

... “Sharon then related that she was going to be the next governor but ‘this’ will mess up her plans.” ....

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Friday, February 19, 2021
Sand Island Disclosure After BRAT Threatens Blangiardi with ‘Citizens Arrest’
By Andrew Walden @ 10:20 PM :: 4117 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

... The parcel is one of several not included on Blangiardi’s, June 8, 2020, Candidate Financial Disclosure form ....

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Friday, February 19, 2021
Bill to Dissolve Agribusiness Development Corporation Passed Out of House Committee
By News Release @ 6:45 PM :: 1970 Views :: Ethics, Agriculture

...HB1271 dissolves the Agribusiness Development Corporation (ADC) and transfers all its resource except the director to the Department of Agriculture....

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Thursday, February 18, 2021
9/11 Conspiracy Theorist to Rewrite Maui County Charter?
By Andrew Walden @ 4:19 AM :: 3239 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... One of the nation’s leading 911 conspiracy theorists has been nominated to serve on the Maui County Charter Commission ....

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Saturday, February 13, 2021
Lawsuit: Vendor Skimming Hawaii Child Support Payments
By Selected News Articles @ 2:00 PM :: 2493 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

"... those payments came with a 3.5% convenience fee — higher than any other vendor taking electronic payments ...."

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Friday, February 12, 2021
Auditor Exposes Speaker's Office--Manipulating 'Working Group' to Save OHA's Dirty Secrets
By News Release @ 1:52 PM :: 3486 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... The Working Group’s questions about the lawsuit filed by OHA against me and the office – a lawsuit that is ongoing – are also wholly inappropriate and can only help OHA in the litigation .... 

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Lawsuit: Hee Crime Family Under the Table Deal with Time Warner
By Andrew Walden @ 1:18 AM :: 3912 Views :: DHHL, Ethics

... According to the complaint filed by Bankruptcy Trustee Michael Katzenstein,  Clearcom, a Hee family company, has been receiving payment under the table from Oceanic Time Warner, Charter, and possibly others ....

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Sunday, February 7, 2021
Bill 31: Former Meth-head Helps Sand Island Lobby for Property Tax Cap
By Andrew Walden @ 3:02 AM :: 3491 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, Taxes, COVID-19

... It is naturally hard to say no to an ex-tweeker who, at Bishop Estate, achieved the kind of things most Honolulu politicians can only dream of ....

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Friday, February 5, 2021
Feds link Bay Area man to California/Hawaii coke smuggling ring, illegal gambling hall
By News Release @ 12:47 PM :: 6605 Views :: Ethics, Police, Drugs

"... Lee said she and Officer Chu have been growing marijuana ever since her husband left her ...."

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Friday, January 29, 2021
Completing the Work of Restoring OHA's Credibility
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:04 AM :: 1683 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... A survey commissioned by the agency in 2015 found that the public regarded OHA as the least favorable of the major Hawaiian-serving organizations ....

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
Ex-CFO: I was fired to keep Legislators from Seeing OHA's True Budget
By Andrew Walden @ 7:41 AM :: 4343 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... According to Laeha’s suit he was suspended by OHA’s then-CEO Kamanao Crabbe one day before he was set to reveal OHA’s real budget and "corrupt and unlawful practices" to Legislators ....

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Ethics: Legislator Wants to Hire 'Intern', Pay Under the Table
By News Release @ 4:08 AM :: 2390 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

"... Soliciting, selling, or otherwise engaging in a substantial financial transaction with a subordinate or a person or business whom the legislator or employee inspects or supervises in the legislator's or employee's official capacity ...."

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Monday, January 25, 2021
Legislature Stages Vaccination Party for 500 Cronies and Insiders
By News Release @ 11:27 PM :: 3681 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... all Legislative employees working in the Hawaiʻi State Capitol will be able to be vaccinated as members of its prioritized vaccination system's Phase 1b (i.e., individuals essential for government operations), on January 28, 2021 ....

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Monday, January 25, 2021
Hawaii Opens Door to More Unlicensed Cryptocurrency Schemes
By News Release @ 10:39 PM :: 2660 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits

... This is made possible with the issuance of a “no action message” by DFI, which will not take any action against these companies during the two-year period of the program ....

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Saturday, January 23, 2021
Let's get our voice back
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:50 AM :: 1906 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... a perpetual emergency status ....

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Saturday, January 23, 2021
Agribusiness Development Corp: "Costly, disorganized and ineffective"
By UHERO @ 1:06 AM :: 1923 Views :: Ethics, Agriculture

... ADC’s emphasis on land acquisition has made it a costly, disorganized and ineffective program while the state and counties have failed to fulfill their promises to landowners participating in the IAL program ....

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