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Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Ethics Comm Hearing on New Administrative Rules
By News Release @ 10:49 PM :: 590 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 :: 1624 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 08, 2020
NELHA: Feds Bust Money Laundering Scheme at Heart of De-Sal Water Bottler
By News Release @ 12:46 AM :: 2230 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 07, 2020
Free Golf, Methamphetamines, and Building Permits
By Andrew Walden @ 12:00 PM :: 4105 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 06, 2020
Lawsuit: Plastic Hysteria is Excuse for Feds to Take Control of Hawaii Waterways
By News Release @ 2:25 AM :: 1070 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 04, 2020
SB42: Block AG's Investigation of Telescope Protesters Funding
By Andrew Walden @ 4:23 PM :: 1310 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 03, 2020
Sen Susan Collins Campaign Is Being Helped by a Mysterious Hawaii Company
By Selected News Articles @ 4:40 PM :: 2309 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

...UPDATE: Its Navatek...

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Saturday, February 01, 2020
FAA employee blocked from inspecting Kauai tour chopper prior to crash
By Selected News Articles @ 1:49 AM :: 1713 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 :: 880 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 :: 1099 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 :: 974 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 :: 2370 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 :: 1094 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 :: 1148 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 :: 1136 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 :: 1082 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 :: 1063 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 :: 816 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 :: 924 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 :: 932 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 :: 1604 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 :: 1560 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 09, 2020
Audit: Handi-Van Phone System May be ADA Violation
By News Release @ 6:51 PM :: 1095 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 09, 2020
OHA's First Cover-up of 2020
By Video @ 3:39 AM :: 1351 Views :: Ethics, OHA

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

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Wednesday, January 08, 2020
Lawsuit: Hawaii AG David Louie Conspired with Money-Grubbing Trial Lawyers to Gin up $8B Case 
By Andrew Walden @ 6:06 PM :: 1814 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 08, 2020
Crooks Cry Racism: Debunking OHA’s Audit Excuses
By Andrew Walden @ 5:16 AM :: 2486 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 08, 2020
Former HUD employee sentenced to 66 months in prison for fraud and identity theft
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 1121 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 05, 2020
OHA Sacrifices $3.2M to Hide Lawyer’s Conflict of Interest?
By Andrew Walden @ 7:23 PM :: 2680 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 02, 2020
Legislative Agenda: OHA to Parlay Mauna Kea Protests into Control of BLNR, LUC
By Andrew Walden @ 9:16 PM :: 1841 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 :: 1561 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 :: 1553 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 :: 1502 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 :: 1175 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 :: 1438 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 :: 773 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 :: 1710 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 :: 1400 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 :: 1022 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 :: 1835 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii History, 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 :: 1321 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 :: 1895 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 :: 1305 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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Friday, December 13, 2019
Legislature's "Gut-And-Replace" Procedure Violates Hawaii Constitution Three Readings Requirement
By Robert Thomas @ 3:55 AM :: 1066 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Here's the motion we filed today....

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Thursday, December 12, 2019
Anti-Vaxxers Target Samoa with Disinformation Campaign
By Selected News Articles @ 3:41 AM :: 1478 Views :: Ethics, World News, Health Care

"...Unfortunately, these anti-vaxx people all live overseas, but they’re using social media to influence our population and our community. What can the government do? We’re not wasting time with those people....”

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Auditor: Zoo Loses Track of $658K
By News Release @ 6:41 PM :: 1355 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 08, 2019
How OHA Lawyers Hid $200K Procurement Violation
By Andrew Walden @ 8:38 PM :: 2890 Views :: Ethics, OHA

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

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Saturday, December 07, 2019
Naming Names: Meet the Political Insiders Behind Eviction of Barbers Point Air Museum
By Selected News Articles @ 6:28 PM :: 3594 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii History, Military

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

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Friday, December 06, 2019
OIP: OHA’s PIG is a Dead Duck
By Andrew Walden @ 11:58 PM :: 2265 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, OHA

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

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Thursday, December 05, 2019
Honolulu Ethics Commission Presents Strategic Plan
By News Release @ 8:58 PM :: 1046 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 04, 2019
OHA Admits LLC Audit "observed indicators of potential fraud"
By News Release @ 11:05 PM :: 1260 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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