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Monday, February 24, 2020
Hawaii ILWU Official Sentenced for Tax Evasion, Identity Theft
By Selected News Articles @ 5:11 PM :: 3484 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Law Enforcement

...If government benefits were available, Nathan Lum made sure that he was going to receive some of them....

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Saturday, February 22, 2020
Katherine Kealoha’s Boyfriend’s Attorney’s Cell Phone found at Massage Parlor?
By Andrew Walden @ 7:27 PM :: 9031 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Law Enforcement, Police

...A female answering the phone did not seem to understand a reporter requesting to speak to Chris Woo.  She kept asking, “You want masagee?”....

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Saturday, February 22, 2020
100% Fail: Legislators Propose 63 Special Funds, None Meet Criteria
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:24 AM :: 3324 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

...We reviewed 99 House and Senate bills proposing 63 special and revolving funds during the 2020 legislative session. None satisfied the criteria....

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Friday, February 21, 2020
Applicants Wanted for State Ethics Commission
By News Release @ 4:17 PM :: 1814 Views :: Ethics

...The Judicial Council is seeking applicants to fill one upcoming vacancy on the Hawaii State Ethics Commission. The term will run from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2024....

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Friday, February 21, 2020
Felony Pension Forfeiture Moves to 3rd Reading in House (again)
By News Release @ 2:05 AM :: 2815 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

... will Sen Taniguchi block this bill as he did last session? ....

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Saturday, February 15, 2020
Stormwater: $100M Tax Hike After 36 Years of Lawyering and Foot-dragging
By Selected News Articles @ 10:09 PM :: 5029 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...the equivalent of a 16% property tax hike on the residential rate....

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Saturday, February 15, 2020
Ethics-Related Bills on the Move
By News Release @ 8:47 PM :: 1695 Views :: Ethics

...What's alive after first lateral?....

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Saturday, February 15, 2020
After Refusing to Supply Records, OHA Sues State Auditor
By News Release @ 4:48 AM :: 3328 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...“If OHA has nothing to hide, it should be willing to open its records to the state auditor”. -- Trustee Keli'i Akina ....

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Ethics Comm Hearing on New Administrative Rules
By News Release @ 10:49 PM :: 1679 Views :: Ethics

...provide greater clarity to various provisions of the State Ethics Code, HRS chapter 84 (including but not limited to the gifts law, gifts reporting law, fair treatment law, and conflicts of interests law); and various provisions of the Lobbyists law, HRS chapter 97 (including but not limited to reporting and registration requirements for lobbyists)....

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Trump Resister to Oversee Fraud Investigations in Hawaii
By News Release @ 12:49 AM :: 2977 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

...Hui Chen is a member of the Complex Litigation, Fraud, and Compliance Unit, and will be tasked with investigating, reviewing, and consulting on compliance issues within state government....

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Saturday, February 8, 2020
NELHA: Feds Bust Money Laundering Scheme at Heart of De-Sal Water Bottler
By News Release @ 12:46 AM :: 4411 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Tax Credits

...concealed from Koyo the fact that one of its upper level managers was an owner of the sham pass-through companies....

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Friday, February 7, 2020
Free Golf, Methamphetamines, and Building Permits
By Andrew Walden @ 12:00 PM :: 11512 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, Small Business, Cost of Living

...These are the kind of people who make Hawaii what it is today....

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Thursday, February 6, 2020
Lawsuit: Plastic Hysteria is Excuse for Feds to Take Control of Hawaii Waterways
By News Release @ 2:25 AM :: 2652 Views :: Environment, Ethics

...Your recycling was shipped to Asia and then they dumped it into the ocean because recycling is and always has been a fraud.  Now it is washing up on our beaches and enviro lawyers are using it as an excuse to enhance their power....

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020
SB42: Block AG's Investigation of Telescope Protesters Funding
By Andrew Walden @ 4:23 PM :: 3345 Views :: Ethics, Greenmail, OHA

...The Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs is set to hear SB42 SD1 today at 1:19pm....

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Monday, February 3, 2020
Sen Susan Collins Campaign Is Being Helped by a Mysterious Hawaii Company
By Selected News Articles @ 4:40 PM :: 4192 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

...UPDATE: Its Navatek...

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Saturday, February 1, 2020
FAA employee blocked from inspecting Kauai tour chopper prior to crash
By Selected News Articles @ 1:49 AM :: 3428 Views :: Ethics, Small Business, Tourism

...FAA bosses twice denied him travel authorizations to visit the helicopter company, making it next to impossible to perform adequate FAA oversight....

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Friday, January 31, 2020
How to Restore OHA's Credibility
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:31 PM :: 2407 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...The way OHA has responded to recent events has affected its credibility in the eyes of Hawai’i’s lawmakers and OHA’s own Hawaiian beneficiaries....

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Friday, January 31, 2020
​Former Schofield Range Director Pleads Guilty In Bribery Scheme
By News Release @ 4:09 AM :: 2921 Views :: Ethics, Military

...Winslett further admitted that he accepted $723,333.33 in kickbacks from a local subcontractor....

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020
ILWU Boss Gets 30 Months for Theft
By News Release @ 11:45 PM :: 2728 Views :: Ethics, Labor

...Nathan Lum was the former division director of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 142, Longshore Division (ILWU)....

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Monday, January 27, 2020
SB2331 Will Legislators Give Kaneshiro Crony $50M?
By Andrew Walden @ 4:20 PM :: 4329 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
Auditor: CIP Management Gets Even Worse
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:48 AM :: 3106 Views :: Ethics, Development, Hawaii State Government

...The State’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Budget for FY2019 was $2.02 billion....

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Sunday, January 26, 2020
Report: HIOSH has the Ethics of a Used Car Salesman
By News Release @ 5:07 AM :: 2616 Views :: Ethics

... Occupational Health Branch Manager for HIOSH takes new hires shopping for used cars ....

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Sunday, January 26, 2020
OHA Audit: Don’t Let Them Double Up!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 2636 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...This deserves an answer....

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Friday, January 24, 2020
Campbell HS: DoE Lawyers Fight Female Athletes Over Technicalities
By Selected News Articles @ 3:38 AM :: 2568 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...it probably costs more to pay the lawyers than to build the lockerroom....

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Thursday, January 23, 2020
FAA Lowered Bar for Southwest Airlines Hawaii Approvals, Complaint Alleges
By Selected News Articles @ 12:34 AM :: 2614 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

...U.S. air-safety regulators likely acted improperly in the way they authorized Southwest Airlines Co. to begin flights between California and Hawaii last year....

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Senate Updates Sexual Harassment Policy
By News Release @ 8:44 PM :: 2228 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...the Hawaii State Senate’s new Anti-Harassment Policy....

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Sunday, January 19, 2020
Auditor: DBEDT Hides $6.5M from Legislature
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:53 PM :: 2450 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...DBEDT had non-general funds with balances totaling $5.75 million and administratively created non-general funds with balances totaling more than $750,000 that were not reported to the 2019 Legislature as required by HRS....

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Sunday, January 12, 2020
Common Cause Announces Legislative Agenda for 2020
By News Release @ 10:33 PM :: 2302 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Common Cause Hawaii will be holding a meeting about the 2020 Hawaii State Legislative Session on Saturday, January 25....

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Friday, January 10, 2020
Schatz Bill: Funnel Tax Credit Money to Pono Shim's LLC
By News Release @ 10:15 PM :: 3592 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Tax Credits

...“Inspiring Nationally Vibrant Economies Sustaining Tribes (INVEST) Act"....

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Friday, January 10, 2020
Pine: High Profile Ousters Cast Shadow on Government Transparency
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 5:41 PM :: 3599 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Law Enforcement

...This week, the Honolulu Police Commission ousted vocal Kealoha critic, Loretta Sheehan, from her Chair position. Additionally, it was reported that the Federal Public Defender for 24 years, Peter Wolff, who originally exposed the crimes of former City Prosecutor Katherine Kealoha and former Chief of Police Louis Kealoha, will also be ousted from his job....

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Thursday, January 9, 2020
Audit: Handi-Van Phone System May be ADA Violation
By News Release @ 6:51 PM :: 3089 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...an ineffective communications system that sometimes prevents riders from making reservations, drops calls, and does not record voicemail complaints....

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Thursday, January 9, 2020
OHA's First Cover-up of 2020
By Video @ 3:39 AM :: 2780 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...The New Year's Barely Started & There's Already A Cover-Up at OHA....

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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 :: 3604 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 :: 4425 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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Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Former HUD employee sentenced to 66 months in prison for fraud and identity theft
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 2249 Views :: Ethics

...from 2014 to 2019, Tong used an alias to act as property manager and landlord for five properties she rented to Section 8 voucher holders....

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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 :: 5837 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 :: 3598 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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Tuesday, December 31, 2019
State Auditor Suspends OHA Audit Over Refusal to Release Records
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:16 AM :: 3341 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...OHA Trustees Machado, Lee Admit Refusing to Provide Unredacted Minutes to Auditor....

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Sunday, December 29, 2019
Caught: OHA Audit Report Secrets Revealed
By Video @ 1:01 PM :: 2998 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Watch This For A Quick Run-Down & Where You Can See It For Yourself....

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Sunday, December 29, 2019
Don't Sweep OHA Audit Under the Rug
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:32 AM :: 3054 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...There are serious questions which must now be answered....

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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 :: 2808 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 :: 3103 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 :: 1948 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
Hawaii Grade F for Business Subsidy Transparency -- 2nd Worst in USA
By News Release @ 2:39 AM :: 4221 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tax Credits

..."Failing States" do not meet even basic standards of online spending transparency for economic development subsidies....

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Why You Should Mahalo OHA Trustee Keli'i Akina
By Video @ 11:52 PM :: 2855 Views :: Ethics, OHA

"...He's the only one that got the forensic audit done...."

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019
State Supreme Court to Hear Gut n Replace Appeal
By Tom Yamachika @ 11:12 PM :: 2574 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...The Supreme Court of Hawaii will take over the Common Cause / League of Women Voters' gut-n-replace appeal. The transfer order was filed today....

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Barbers Point Air Museum Sues Airports Division to Block Eviction, Destruction of US Navy-owned Planes
By Selected News Articles @ 5:26 PM :: 3812 Views :: Ethics, Military, Small Business

...the museum did quite a bit more work at Kaleloa Airport than just display airplanes....

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Revolving Door: Andrew Pereira leaving City for 'new opportunity in private sector'
By News Release @ 9:54 PM :: 2677 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...Pereira’s last day at Honolulu Hale will be Tuesday, Dec. 31....

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Saturday, December 14, 2019
OIP Strips Back OHA Censorship
By Andrew Walden @ 8:51 PM :: 3806 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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Friday, December 13, 2019
​'Gut and replace' has got to go
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:23 PM :: 3116 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

...the name game is at the heart of the Legislature’s practice of “gut and replace"....

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