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Letters to the Editor June, 2019
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Nepotism within Department of Hawaiian Home Lands

(The following letter was sent to several state senators and media outlets this morning. –Editor)

Dear Editor:     June 7, 2019

This is being written to voice my concern and frustration as an employee of DHHL. I am writing this to bring transparency and to expose the the corruption from within this department. Since the appointment of Jobie Masagatani as DHHL Director, the DHHL has been wastefully spending trust and taxpayer money to pad the pockets of certain employees, mainly cousin and friends. 

Currently the Department created a bogus division called the Contact and Awards Division as a response to a survey that was taken back in 2016, stating that the DHHL was not doing well in customer service. Come to find out the beneficiaries actually rated the staff higher than the staff rated themselves in customer service.

As this new division was created to address the so called customer service problems, DHHL hired Debra Aliviado as the customer service manager. Aliviado, who was hired under Jobie’s term in 2016/2017 did not have any staff assigned to her, until May of this year. How can you be called a manager and collecting $76k without no staff assigned under you?

The root of the of the problem where we are at today is when Jobie hired her cousin Paula Aila, and cousin to now Interim Chairman William Aila Jr., as the Information and Community Relations Supervisor, some time in 2015/16. From there she was positioned as the Hale Manager, and than in May 2018 was hired in a made up position, DHHL Finance and Development Specialist (PD attached), a position she surely is not qualified for. Also getting paid $93k. Now at the position she is in, her and Jobie have tried to create this new division without going through the proper channels. During  this process the affected employees and branches were not informed or notified. Also how can something like this be approved by the Governor’s office and by Budget and Finance?

As you may know that Jobie has also returned back to the DHHL as the Executive Assistant, chosen by William. She will be overseeing the Human Resources Branch within the Department. With her back on board, her and her cousins are trying to solidify this whole new division.

I know that there is a meeting setup in August with DHHL and the Hawaiian Affairs committee. I ask that you look into these matters as they don’t only affect the beneficiaries itself, but the waste of taxpayers money to line pockets of these three cousins.

How can Paula Aila become the head of a Division, when she has no background or experience of the work that position entails? This is why the Department has not offered any new awards of leases and why so many preowned homes (cancelled and surrendered leases) are still within the Departments inventory deteriorating and lose value.

If you want to see the Department servicing its beneficiaries, it needs to use the staff that has been there for years and have the knowledge of how to service the beneficiaries. Don’t go and create a new division of new hires who know nothing of the process, so Paula’s and Debbie’s jobs are justified to benefit themselves.

I ask that this be looked into and that someone shines a light on the corruption and misdealing with this Department.


Hawaiian Home Lands Employee

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Agreeing on Abortion

Dear Editor,  June 7, 2019

Abortion will continue to savagely divide the nation for years to come.  At least until medical science finds a way to EASILY and SAFELY (for both expectant mom and the unborn) remove the fetus from the womb – and suitably nurture the fetus to adulthood.

The problem is that both opposing sides feel that they are defending something worth dying for:  innocent human life or human (women) rights.  In short, the basic problem is that neither side can agree on the real crux basic question of when does human life begin?  Pro-lifers tend to put that date nearer to conception and Pro-women’s righters tend to put it closer to birth.  So, to one side it is murder and to the other it is a woman’s right and choice and simply expunging unwanted tissue.

Surprisingly and interestingly, BOTH sides interpret the Bible as “supporting” their position!  The Bible does not mention “abortion” but does have Scriptures which can be interpreted as endorsing the sanctity of life and may be interpreted as life begins in the womb (Jeremiah 1:4-5, etc.) BUT still does NOT specifically say when human life begins.  The pro-women’s rights side will quote Scriptures that can be interpreted as God endorsing the killing of the unborn (Hosea 13:16, etc.).
The point is that we may be able EVENTUALLY to come to some peaceful agreement if both sides can understand that in general the other side has a valid point and is not all evil (ok, some are).

Leighton Loo

Mililani, Oahu


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