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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Auditor: Zoo Loses Track of $658K
By News Release @ 6:41 PM :: 3104 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Tourism

...The cooperative agreement between the zoo and the Zoo Society hampered roles and responsibilities.... 

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Sunday, December 8, 2019
How OHA Lawyers Hid $200K Procurement Violation
By Andrew Walden @ 8:38 PM :: 4568 Views :: Ethics, OHA

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

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Saturday, December 7, 2019
Naming Names: Meet the Political Insiders Behind Eviction of Barbers Point Air Museum
By Selected News Articles @ 6:28 PM :: 5939 Views :: Ethics, Military

...sometimes you wonder who edits articles in the newspaper....

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Friday, December 6, 2019
OIP: OHA’s PIG is a Dead Duck
By Andrew Walden @ 11:58 PM :: 4529 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, OHA

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

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Thursday, December 5, 2019
Honolulu Ethics Commission Presents Strategic Plan
By News Release @ 8:58 PM :: 2551 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...This is the Commission’s first such plan and the culmination of three years of public meeting discussions, development and drafting, and outreach to stakeholders.... 

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019
OHA Admits LLC Audit "observed indicators of potential fraud"
By News Release @ 11:05 PM :: 2897 Views :: Ethics, OHA

"...As the sample was judgmentally selected, it is inappropriate to extrapolate sample results across all OHA contracts and disbursements during the review period...." -- OHA

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Monday, December 2, 2019
How to Defraud the DoD--GAO Publishes Handy Guide
By News Release @ 9:15 PM :: 2650 Views :: Ethics, Military

...If you're having trouble jumping on the gravy train, be sure to check out these cartoon-illustrations in the Full Report for a how-to guide....

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Saturday, November 30, 2019
OHA Seeks Volunteer Board Manager to Oversee LLC
By News Release @ 8:53 PM :: 2881 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... will be one of a board of three appointed managers, is expected to direct and oversee the Chief Operating Officer (“COO”) of Hi`ilei Aloha LLC ....

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Saturday, November 30, 2019
OHA Policy Should Not Discourage Trustees from Speaking Out
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:35 PM :: 3392 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, OHA

...On November 12, the editors of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser urged OHA to scrap its 'one voice’ policy....

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Friday, November 29, 2019
Barbers Point Air Museum: A Tale of an Eviction
By Selected News Articles @ 4:45 PM :: 4336 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Military

...“Where are they going to dispose of the planes, at Waimanalo Gulch?”....

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Thursday, November 28, 2019
OHA: Who Pulled a Fast One While No One's Looking?
By Video @ 3:29 PM :: 3801 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...OHA Trustees Latest Sneaky Move Is Another Blow To Transparency....

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019
OIP: OHA PIG Opinion ‘Does not Exist’
By Andrew Walden @ 2:57 PM :: 2930 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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Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Barbers Point Air Museum: State Seeks Contractor to Destroy Historic Airplanes
By Selected News Articles @ 2:04 AM :: 5815 Views :: Ethics, Military

...the Airports Division said that if the planes were not taken off the lot, that they would move ahead to dispose of them.  Just in the last couple of days, the State Procurement Office started sending out documents to effectuate that....

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Saturday, November 23, 2019
With All Eyes on Mauna Kea, OHA Hands Danner Big Bag of Money
By News Release @ 6:31 PM :: 3315 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...OHA announced today the selection of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) to administer a $1.66-million grant to provide emergency financial assistance to low-income Native Hawaiians statewide....

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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 :: 4990 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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Thursday, November 21, 2019
Trustee Akina Calls on OHA Board to Reject Unsubstantiated Allegations
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:37 PM :: 3483 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Board refers matter back to investigative committee....

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Thursday, November 21, 2019
Financial Transparency: Hawaii Ranks 20th
By News Release @ 5:28 PM :: 2990 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii ranks 20th with an overall score of 84/100....

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019
DoD Annual Financial Report: A lot going on under the Surface
By News Release @ 4:15 PM :: 2745 Views :: Ethics, Military

...There is a lot going on under the surface. They include signs of progress, as well as new sources of uncertainty, if not future inquiry and/or investigations....

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Thursday, November 14, 2019
Green Fog: Honolulu's Coming Climate Change Bond Crisis
By Selected News Articles @ 8:55 PM :: 4703 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment, Ethics

...the disclosure statements do not actually project the anticipated risks to the city....

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Thursday, November 14, 2019
Mafia News: Hanabusa Announces Mayoral Campaign
By News Release @ 6:34 PM :: 3835 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Politicians

...Hanabusa's political career begins in 1999 when she teamed up with Larry Mehau to protect the Broken Trustees of KSBE.  Now she wants to be mayor of Honolulu.... 

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Thursday, November 14, 2019
Sue Big Oil: UH Law School Hides Conflict of Interest
By Selected News Articles @ 2:18 AM :: 5229 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment, Ethics

...Antolini previously worked for Vic Sher, which may explain why the academic is so gung-ho to support the misguided crusade of her old boss....

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Feds: Guam #1 for Medicare Ambulance Fraud
By News Release @ 12:40 AM :: 3248 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Law Enforcement

...Guam Ambulance Company Executives Plead Guilty to Medicare and TRICARE Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme....

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019
​Former Schofield range director pleads guilty to conspiracy
By News Release @ 9:56 PM :: 3937 Views :: Ethics, Military

...Garo admitted that he helped steer federal contracts worth more than $18 million to a contractor....

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Friday, November 8, 2019
Are Auditor's Recommendations Implemented?
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:02 PM :: 2586 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...This report covers recommendations made in reports issued from 2014-2017....

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Friday, November 8, 2019
OHA Committee Acknowledges It Has No Authority to Discipline Trustee Akina for Speaking Out
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:42 PM :: 3252 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...OHA's P.I.G. issued a report conceding that OHA has "no recourse” to discipline him, and closed the matter....

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Thursday, October 31, 2019
Lawsuit: How HMSA Ran Down Clock on Expensive Cancer Patient
By News Release @ 8:39 PM :: 4469 Views :: Ethics, Health Care

...Unanimous Hawaii Supreme Court Victory Against HMSA for Cancer Patient and Widow....

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Thursday, October 31, 2019
Schatz Chief of Staff Pours Money into Big Oil Stocks
By Selected News Articles @ 6:37 AM :: 4026 Views :: Energy, Ethics, Congressional Delegation

...Eric Einhorn lists stock owned by spouse valued at $168,000-$445,000....

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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 :: 6256 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Higher Education, OHA

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

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Guam Congressional Delegate Investigated: Forgery, Bribery, Mistress on Staff
By News Release @ 7:42 PM :: 3715 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation

...The House Ethics Committee has begun an investigation....

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Sunday, October 27, 2019
Enviros Salivate as WESPAC Selected for Audit
By News Release @ 2:04 AM :: 3282 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Small Business

...Office of Inspector General has selected the NOAA’s Western Pacific Sustainable Fisheries Fund grants awarded to the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council for an audit....

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Katherine Kealoha's Boyfriend's Attorney's Law License Suspended
By News Release @ 6:51 AM :: 4980 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police

...Gun pointed at police during shooting was registered to Ebersole's attorney....

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Ala Wai Development Plan Serves OHA, not Boaters
By Andrew Walden @ 3:31 AM :: 4729 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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Wednesday, October 2, 2019
My Concern Over Transparency at OHA
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:50 AM :: 3275 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...legislators withheld OHA's funds, contingent upon the completion of a special audit of OHA and its LLCs....

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Monday, September 30, 2019
Ethics: CEO Serves on State Board that Shovels Taxpayer Money to his Company
By News Release @ 3:36 AM :: 3182 Views :: Ethics

...watch how a CEO manages to serve on a Board which gives away over $100K cash to his company....

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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 :: 3887 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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Saturday, September 28, 2019
Auditor: DoTax Continues to Illegally Hand out Film Tax Credits for Out of State Expenses
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:53 AM :: 2956 Views :: Ethics, Tax Credits

...DoTAX continues to construe the film tax credit statute to include out-of-state expenditures as “qualified production costs,” which is inconsistent with the plain language of the statute and the Legislature’s intent....

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Friday, September 27, 2019
Flip-Flop Tulsi Gabbard reverses position, decides to climb on Impeachment bandwagon
By Video @ 5:39 PM :: 5183 Views :: National News, Ethics, Congressional Delegation

...Tulsi Gabbard says she now supports impeachment inquiry....

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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 :: 7846 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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Friday, September 27, 2019
Feds: Hawaii Firm Bribed Schofield Employees to get Contracts
By News Release @ 3:36 AM :: 4177 Views :: Ethics, Military

...in order to steer federal contracts worth at least $19 million....

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Court Upholds Ethics Comm Ruling Against Rowena Akana
By News Release @ 9:02 PM :: 2924 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...The Commission imposed an administrative penalty of $23,106.53 and referred the matter to the Attorney General for further action....

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Auditor: DoE School Impact Fee Illegal and Indefensible
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:50 PM :: 4829 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Development, Taxes

...The DOE’s inconsistent and problematic implementation of the school impact fee law calls into question the relevance and appropriateness of the fees that have been collected to date....

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Friday, September 20, 2019
Akina: OHA should disclose Maunakea expenditures
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:44 PM :: 4507 Views :: Ethics, Greenmail, OHA

...I have made a formal request for a statement of these expenditures....

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Monday, September 16, 2019
Kondo to OHA: I can Subpoena You
By Andrew Walden @ 9:24 PM :: 3374 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 8, 2019
Legal Fees: OHA Lawyers Bill 15 Times Higher
By Andrew Walden @ 8:24 PM :: 5320 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 :: 4616 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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Monday, August 26, 2019
Maui Officer Arrested After Sex Harassment Complaints
By News Release @ 11:50 PM :: 3997 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Police

...He has been charged with attempted perjury, attempted hindering prosecution in the first degree, and tampering with a witness....

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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 :: 6848 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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Friday, August 23, 2019
Former union boss charged in massive fraud, embezzlement indictment
By News Release @ 2:43 PM :: 4637 Views :: Ethics, Labor

...Ahakuelo lead the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1260 until he was ousted three years ago after the union was placed under trusteeship....

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Lyon Corruption: Secretary Bernhardt Transforms Interior’s Ethics Program
By News Release @ 8:22 PM :: 2548 Views :: Ethics

...Source: Esther Kia’aina and Andy Winer Warned Jim Lyon About Investigation....

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019
University of Guam Professor Arrested for Conspiring a Bid Rigging Scheme
By News Release @ 8:08 PM :: 3200 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education

...Charged professor, Thomas Marler, still employed by UOG....

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