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Tuesday, February 12, 2019
FULL TEXT: Connors, Ballard ask Supreme Court to Remove Kaneshiro--Prosecutor Accused of Retaliating Against Witnesses
By Selected News Articles @ 3:04 PM :: 1695 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Judiciary

...“Once he sent those disciplinary notices to those employees, signed them, and said you are hereby put on notice, I think it’s moved over to tampering with a witness or obstruction of justice”....

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Lyon Bribery Micronesia: Arrests Start at the Top
By Andrew Walden @ 4:15 AM :: 15234 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, World News

...Arrested over the weekend, Master Halbert, son-in-law of Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) President Peter Christian and son of FSM Senator Dohsis Halbert, appeared before Honolulu Federal Judge Richard L. Puglisi for arraignment Monday, February 11, 2019.... 

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Monday, February 11, 2019
Senate Committee Refuses to Recognize Hundreds of Emailed Testimonies
By News Release @ 1:44 AM :: 2458 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Second Amendment

...The Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs has arbitrarily decided to not accept testimony submitted to it via e-mail....

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Saturday, February 09, 2019
Lyon Bribe: DHHL Releases Suspect Contract Docs
By Andrew Walden @ 9:14 PM :: 3476 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Ethics

...Full Text: 211 pages of documentation related to the now-infamous 2010 DHHL contract with Lyon Associates....

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Friday, February 08, 2019
PRP App Reveals Web of Political Connections
By News Release @ 10:27 PM :: 1236 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...After taking over the publishing of the Hawai‘i Directory of Public Officials in 2018, PRP saw an opportunity....

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Friday, February 08, 2019
VIDEO: Abigail Kawananakoa Releases Edited Interview
By Video @ 3:33 AM :: 1532 Views :: Ethics, Family, OHA

...Campbell Estate heiress Abigail Kawananakoa released a video interview on Feb. 7, 2019 that was filmed on Jan. 15, 2019 at her home in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Ethics: Rowena Akana Fined $23K--Trouble Began with OHA-Funded Scheme to Dig Up Kawaiahao Church Graveyard
By News Release @ 9:55 PM :: 2182 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Princess Kawananakoa believes that Kawaiaha’o church officials and construction workers dug up and disturbed the burial plot of her ancestor Queen Kapi’olani ....

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Sunday, February 03, 2019
Lyon Bribery: $240K to Buy DHHL Contract?
By Andrew Walden @ 8:37 PM :: 2634 Views :: DHHL, Ethics

...Under the plea agreement, “(Lyon) is required to submit…an accurate and complete list of all business he is currently affiliated/involved with that involve federal contacts.”....

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Sunday, February 03, 2019
Applicants Wanted for State Campaign Spending Commission
By News Release @ 4:29 PM :: 1232 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Judiciary

...The terms will run from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2023....

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Saturday, February 02, 2019
Sex Harassment: New House Rules "add another layer of silence"
By News Release @ 7:55 PM :: 2534 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Notably, the draft policy excludes the Hawaii State Ethics Commission, which rendered the Souki decision last year....

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Saturday, February 02, 2019
Legislators Pressure OHA on Audit, LLCs
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:33 PM :: 1267 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...on January 9, after hearing OHA's biennium budget request, members of the Senate Ways and Means Committee raised questions about the progress of the independent audit of OHA and its LLCs. A similar question was raised the next day at the House Finance Committee....

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Thursday, January 31, 2019
Applicants Wanted for State Ethics Commission
By News Release @ 1:28 AM :: 646 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, 2019 through June 30, 2023....

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Lyon Bribes: Caldwell Appoints Crook to Zoning Board After Receiving $16.5K
By Andrew Walden @ 9:26 PM :: 3667 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, Land Use

...After receiving the campaign contributions, Caldwell appointed the criminal Lyon to the juicy position July 30, 2014 for a term ending June 30, 2019....

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Auditor Slams DoT--$112M Illegally Hidden from Legislature
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:16 PM :: 1592 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, OHA

...three revolving funds, and one trust fund with remaining balances which total approximately $120 million as of June 30, 2018, had no financial activity during our (5 year) review period....

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Monday, January 28, 2019
Conflict of Interest? Judiciary Debunks Ozawa
By News Release @ 9:35 AM :: 1493 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Judiciary

...Mr. Ozawa was able to but did not object to any justice’s participation in this case before the final decision. Mr. Ozawa also did not raise any objection to Justice Pollack’s and Justice Wilson’s participation in the 2014 election challenge....

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Sunday, January 27, 2019
Naming Names: Hawaii Politicians Profit from Sub-Minimum Wage Sweatshops for the Disabled
By Selected News Articles @ 8:36 PM :: 3151 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Labor

...secrets of the system in our state through which public funds are funneled into private pockets while workers with disabilities toil away in sweatshops....

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Friday, January 25, 2019
Plaintiffs to Appeal 'Gut-n-Replace' Ruling
By News Release @ 7:13 PM :: 965 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

..."It legitimizes a practice born in smoke-filled rooms, out of the public's eye and is an insult to the openness we brag about in the Hawaii State Legislature."....

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Friday, January 25, 2019
Felony Tax Violations: Honolulu DUI Attorney Pleads Guilty
By News Release @ 4:13 PM :: 1265 Views :: Ethics, Taxes

...Noah Fiddler's sentencing is scheduled for May 2, 2019....

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Who's Getting Really Scared at OHA?
By Video @ 7:30 PM :: 1609 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... They Refuse To Hand Over Key Documents, Hoping To Kill The Audit ....

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Sunday, January 20, 2019
DOE’s Repair Backlog Is How Much Again?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1035 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...In a budget briefing at the legislature at about this time last year, Department of Education officials reported that their backlog of repair and maintenance jobs was $293 million, and they were patting themselves on the back because it was a significant drop from the $392 million reported in 2010....

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Saturday, January 19, 2019
Hawaii’s Failed Campaign Finance Law: The Case of the Star-Advertiser’s Missing Front Page Ad Disclaimer
By J. H. Snider Ph.D. @ 10:19 PM :: 1581 Views :: Ethics, Office of Elections

... The penalty to Preserve Our Hawaii for the violation would be $25; the penalty to the Star-Advertiser would be nothing ....

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Friday, January 18, 2019
City Auditor: HART Cost Overruns Will Continue
By News Release @ 6:18 PM :: 1170 Views :: Ethics, Rail

"...HART policies and practices are inadequate to prevent cost overruns and schedule delays from recurring...."

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Friday, January 18, 2019
$10 Maui Oceanfront Parcel? Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Case
By Robert Thomas @ 1:40 AM :: 1667 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Land Use

...Would You Pay $10 for Maui Beachfront Land?....

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Audit: HART Board Hands Control to Contractor with Little Oversight
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:21 PM :: 1338 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...In Report 2, we examined the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s current management structure, the relationship between HART and its Board of Directors, and HART’s use of third-party consultants to manage the Honolulu Rail Transit Project....

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Caldwell Coverup: Mayor Hid Target Letter from Public--Feds Raid Fasi Building
By Selected News Articles @ 2:21 AM :: 4120 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police

...Honolulu’s corporation counsel Donna Leong received a federal “target letter” eleven days ago--Caldwell said nothing until the story broke in the media....

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Monday, January 14, 2019
FCC Slaps Down Sandwich Isles Again--Orders Company to Continue Serving Customers
By Andrew Walden @ 6:08 PM :: 1470 Views :: DHHL, Ethics

...SIC may not discontinue service without our express authorization....

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Friday, January 11, 2019
BoE Will Re-Do Sup’t Vote—May Have Acted Illegally on Other Executive Hires
By News Release @ 12:52 AM :: 2118 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

"...The chairwoman also said the BOE needs to review other past executive-session actions to ascertain whether or not they also should be invalidated...."

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Thursday, January 10, 2019
Auditor: Internal Docs Show HART Lied to Public About Rail Costs
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:24 PM :: 2328 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...We found that, as the Honolulu Rail Transit Project progressed and costs swelled from $5.122 billion in 2012 to $9.188 billion in 2018, HART began reporting information to the public that often contradicted its own internal projections or differed from what it was telling the Federal Transit Administration....

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Thursday, January 10, 2019
'The untouchables: Out-of-control prosecutors and the system that protects them'
By News Release @ 2:03 PM :: 3014 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Law Enforcement

...featuring nationally famous criminal justice journalist Radley Balko....

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Thursday, January 10, 2019
State Supreme Court Declares Fevella the Winner--LoPresti Leaves us with One More Weird Story
By Brett Kulbis @ 1:42 PM :: 1864 Views :: Ethics, Republican Party

...The Hawaii Supreme Court declared a Republican victory for Senator Kurt Fevella in the 2018 General Election for State Senate District 19....

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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
What Should OHA Really be Doing?
By Video @ 8:08 PM :: 1126 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...OHA Beneficiaries Need More Than Unity Amongst Trustees....

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Tuesday, January 08, 2019
Auditor Follows up on Foundation on Culture and Arts
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 12:18 AM :: 1339 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...the Foundation and DAGS have implemented 16 and partially implemented 7 of the 29 recommendations. Six recommendations have not been implemented....

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Monday, January 07, 2019
Keli'i Akina Interviews Environmental Watchdog Caroll Cox
By Video @ 10:39 PM :: 1515 Views :: Environment, Ethics

...Carroll Cox has spent decades investigating environmental violations by individuals, companies, and the government....

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Saturday, January 05, 2019
Auditor: Conveyance Tax Money Misspent by DLNR
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 8:05 PM :: 2236 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Land Use, Taxes

...In 2005, the Legislature provided the land conservation program with a dedicated funding source – ten percent of conveyance tax collected...here's what happened next....

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Friday, January 04, 2019
Government-Funded Sweatshops: No Minimum Wage for Hawaii Disabled Workers
By Selected News Articles @ 9:39 PM :: 3188 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Labor, Small Business

...people with disabilities in Hawaii often work for pennies per hour while living on welfare benefits....

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Wednesday, January 02, 2019
A Stunning Revelation at OHA
By Video @ 10:47 PM :: 1815 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...He Not Only Admitted They've Been Concealing Information, But From Whom....

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Wednesday, January 02, 2019
OHA Audit in Jeopardy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:55 PM :: 1580 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...OHA's own audit for fraud, waste and abuse, contracted to an independent national firm, not only faced more than a year's delay in getting started, but is currently facing challenges, jeopardizing its timely completion....

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Sunday, December 30, 2018
OHA CFO: We Keep Trustees in the Dark About LLCs
By Andrew Walden @ 9:06 PM :: 4545 Views :: Ethics, OHA

"...Managers have explicitly limited OHA's access to information, and reserved their right to continue to do so...."

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Sunday, December 30, 2018
No, Killing a Special Fund Doesn’t Kill People
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1627 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...DLNR needs to understand that the money in these funds isn’t “their” money. It’s taxpayer money....

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Sunday, December 30, 2018
OHA’s $500K Cookie Crumbles
By Andrew Walden @ 2:38 AM :: 3253 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Small Business

... “Hawaii Gourmet Cookies has ceased operations.”   That’s the word from Oahu Auctions and Liquidations ....

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Al Hee Sues Water Board Because Rail Project Not Rerouted to Protect His Tax Scam
By Andrew Walden @ 1:10 AM :: 3012 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...At the top of his list of complaints: Things just aren't like they were back in the Inouye days....

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Monday, December 24, 2018
Lawsuit: Lloyd's of London Kickback Scheme Steered Lava Victims to Worthless Coverage
By Andrew Walden @ 12:21 PM :: 2333 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics

...The Broker Defendants received kickbacks from Lloyd’s for steering Plaintiffs and the Class to the Lloyd’s surplus lines policies....

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Thursday, December 20, 2018
Internal audit of UH managed Maunakea lands finds no irregularities
By News Release @ 2:08 PM :: 2202 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Higher Education, OHA

...UH Office of Internal Audit evaluates university funds, lease payments and external funds received in support of stewardship, management, education and other activities related to Maunakea....

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018
What's Not Adding up at OHA?
By Video @ 7:43 PM :: 1595 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...They Say One Thing In Public But In Private Do Another....

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Ethics: DLNR Manager Steals Equipment, Funnels Money to Contractor
By News Release @ 4:33 PM :: 3140 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Aaron Hoff also pops up in the recent eviction of a gym from DHHL land in Anahola....

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Auditor: DAGS Funds 'Do not meet Criteria'
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:06 PM :: 1296 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...2 special funds, 2 trust funds, and 4 trust accounts did not meet criteria. We also noted that DAGS did not file statutorily required reports....

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Monday, December 17, 2018
National Report: Hawaii Ranks 13th in Protecting Kids from Tobacco
By News Release @ 9:19 PM :: 1982 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes

...Hawaii is spending $4.5 million this year on tobacco prevention and cessation programs, which is just 32.9 percent of the $13.7 million recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention....

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Monday, December 17, 2018
Maui County Pays Vendors Ripped Off by Anti-GMO Activist
By News Release @ 8:41 PM :: 1835 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, GMOs

...The Mayor's Office of Economic Development (OED) announced today that its office received a total of $8,730.28 in requests for payments for unpaid invoices for the 250th Celebration of Queen Kaahumanu grant, which was terminated in October....

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Friday, December 14, 2018
Dubin Disbarment?  Another Step in the Process 
By Andrew Walden @ 10:06 PM :: 2735 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

...Dubin, along with ex-Governor John Waihee, co-host "The Foreclosure Hour" on AM830....

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Thursday, December 13, 2018
Auditor: DLNR Held Back Ceded Lands Payments
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:32 PM :: 2340 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Land Use, OHA, Small Business

...Over $26 Million of State Portion of Ceded Land Revenues were not Transferred to the State General Fund in a Timely Manner....

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