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Wednesday, July 03, 2019
Kealoha Barred from Practicing Law
By News Release @ 11:10 PM :: 1342 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

...with proceedings stayed until the criminal proceedings are final....

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Monday, July 01, 2019
OHA Needs a Watchdog!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:36 PM :: 1527 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, OHA

...If an OHA Trustee cannot publicly disagree with Board decisions, then it would hinder any Trustee from functioning as a watchdog. That would be a terrible loss to beneficiaries....

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Friday, June 28, 2019
Akina: LLC Ruling 'A Big Win for OHA Beneficiaries'
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:28 AM :: 1504 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...“Losing this case raises questions as to whether the OHA Board is acting in the best interest of its beneficiaries when it comes to transparency and their right to know how their trust funds are spent.”...

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Friday, June 28, 2019
Owner of Engineering Firm Sentenced To Five Years For Tax Scheme
By News Release @ 3:40 AM :: 2046 Views :: National News, Ethics, Law Enforcement

...Wagdy A. Guirguis was sentenced today to five years in prison for conspiracy to defraud the United States....

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Thursday, June 27, 2019
Auditor Rips DLNR Leasehold Management
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:57 PM :: 2163 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Land Use, Small Business

...The absence of long-range planning has left the Land Division staff without the expertise, resources, and options to actively and effectively manage its land portfolio....

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Thursday, June 27, 2019
Meth Bust Nets Retired Guam Police Officer
By News Release @ 7:46 PM :: 1931 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary, Law Enforcement, Drugs

...John Topasna Mantanona aka 'Boom' was arrested today, June 26, 2019, and charged with obstructing justice by endeavoring to influence a juror and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine hydrochloride....

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Thursday, June 27, 2019
Financial Disclosures: Ethics Commission Releases Five Page List of Late Filers
By News Release @ 4:13 PM :: 1112 Views :: Ethics

...approximately 1,900 state officials are required to file a financial disclosure statement by May 31 each year.  More than 91% of filers were on time....

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019
What are OHA Trustees Trying to Cover Up Now?
By Video @ 9:55 PM :: 1430 Views :: Ethics, OHA

"...we will use this against you in the next election...."

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Judge Orders OHA LLCs to Hand Over Check Registers
By Andrew Walden @ 9:40 PM :: 2271 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...How much more beneficiary money will OHA insiders waste in this futile effort to keep their own secrets?....

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019
OHA Granted Marijuana Grower Right to Audit LLCs
By Andrew Walden @ 1:18 AM :: 1922 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Drugs

"... (Marijuana grower Ranson Shepherd) may audit any and all records of (OHA) relating to the Confidential Information, as well as (OHA’s) security and protection measures, and procedures ...."

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Thursday, June 20, 2019
OHA Majority Targets Trustee Akina
By News Release @ 6:41 PM :: 2077 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...the OHA Board has targeted him for his efforts to achieve greater transparency and accountability at OHA....

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Monday, June 17, 2019
Why is the Hawaii Attorney General too busy to prosecute charter school corruption? 
By Andrew Walden @ 8:42 PM :: 2580 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Law Enforcement

...The day after an allegedly corrupt charter school director evaded justice, the AG’s office sent out yet another nationally-themed news release--ironically calling on Congress to do something about … corrupt educational institutions....

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Sunday, June 16, 2019
After Lying to Legislature OHA Shoots Messenger--and Misses
By Andrew Walden @ 10:28 PM :: 3495 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... what was it that Keli'i Akina said? ....

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Sunday, June 16, 2019
HI-5 – Have We Stopped the Leakage Yet?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1830 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Small Business

...“Look. We’ve issued four audit reports on the program...."

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Saturday, June 15, 2019
Feds: Hawaii #2 for White Collar Crime
By Selected News Articles @ 7:29 PM :: 2597 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement

...in Hawaii, 29% of federal criminal convictions are for white collar crime, second only to New Jersey....

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Sunday, June 09, 2019
DOE, Fork Over That General Ledger!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1760 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...the Education Institute of Hawaii that wants to see the general ledger for the whole Department of Education....

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Saturday, June 08, 2019
ACLU: DoE Would Rather Litigate Than Build Locker Rooms for Female Students
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 1522 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...Documents filed yesterday in federal court by the ACLU of Hawai‘i reveal that DOE has simply been waiting for two female high school athletes to graduate, hoping the mere fact of their graduation will prevent the girls from being able to proceed with their gender discrimination lawsuit....

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Thursday, June 06, 2019
OHA Trustees target one of their own for ‘investigation’--then chicken out
By Andrew Walden @ 11:10 PM :: 3261 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... was this Crabbe's final attempt at revenge? ....

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Thursday, June 06, 2019
Crabbe Out as OHA CEO
By Selected News Articles @ 9:44 PM :: 2311 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...The Crabbe-created LLCs must be dissolved, the irregularities in contract awarding must end, and the FBI must be raid the offices now before all the evidences of corruption are destroyed while Crabbe hangs on till the end of the month.... 

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Saturday, June 01, 2019
Help the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board develop ethics training
By News Release @ 1:38 AM :: 2032 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Labor

...work with Dr. Troy Hutchings to make the Model Code of Ethics for Educators 'appropriate for Hawaii'....

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Thursday, May 30, 2019
Ethics: Caldwell Admin Asked Neighborhood Boards to Campaign Against HSTA Property Tax
By News Release @ 4:18 AM :: 2390 Views :: Honolulu County, Education K-12, Ethics, Labor

...The Official requested...all 33 Neighborhood Board chairs...place the ballot issue  ...on their board’s monthly agenda between September 15 and October 15, 2018, so that a certain political action committee “and others” could publicly discuss this topic prior to the election....

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Thursday, May 30, 2019
Ethics: City Employee ‘Likes’ Tommy Waters on City Time
By News Release @ 4:07 AM :: 1775 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...the Commission reviewed the totality of the circumstances and also confirmed the conduct as de minimis, dismissed the complaint, and did not impose a civil fine on Official....

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Did OHA really ‘Slash’ Trustee allowances?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:22 PM :: 1705 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...not all are so impressed....

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019
No Ethics Conclusion: OK to Solicit State Employees to Support Espinda?
By News Release @ 5:21 AM :: 1592 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

...State Makes No Conclusion On Whether DPS Deputy Director Violated Ethics Code....

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Sunday, May 26, 2019
The “Rail Skim” Suit: We Lost the Battle, Taxpayers Won the War
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2422 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...A long time ago the Tax Foundation of Hawaii sued the State....

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Friday, May 24, 2019
'Wildly irresponsible betrayal' Kishimoto Freaks Out Over UIPA Request
By News Release @ 1:25 PM :: 3461 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

"...On behalf of EIH, we are prepared to litigate this matter to the full extent necessary...."

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Friday, May 24, 2019
Judiciary Seeks Applicants to Discipline Wayward Lawyers
By News Release @ 2:08 AM :: 1627 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

...Applicants Sought for Disciplinary Board of the Hawaii Supreme Court....

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Thursday, May 23, 2019
Debunk: Sierra Club Fluff Piece on Hawaii Carbon Credit Scheme
By Andrew Walden @ 5:44 PM :: 2689 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Ethics, Land Use

...Apparently nobody at the Sierra Club Magazine knows what a penny stock tout is....

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Lyon Corruption: Will Peter Christian Run or Turn Himself In?
By Andrew Walden @ 5:59 AM :: 14270 Views :: National News, Ethics

...Four years ago, Panuelo’s predecessor as FSM President, Peter Christian, didn’t go to the White House.  Instead he began his administration by meeting in Pohnpei at his Cliff Rainbow Hotel with corrupt Hawaii businessman Jim Lyon....

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Sunday, May 19, 2019
Tulsi Gabbard Campaign Funded by Putin Apologists
By Selected News Articles @ 5:19 PM :: 2351 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation

...But the list of controversial donors to Gabbard, as detailed by her filings with the Federal Election Committee, doesn’t end there....

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Sunday, May 19, 2019
Gut-n-Replace 2019
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2617 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

...the law’s discrimination against nonresidents was prohibited by a part of the U.S. Constitution that the deputy attorney general didn’t consider.  “Oops,” the deputy said....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Give OHA a Piece of Your Mind
By Video @ 4:09 AM :: 1801 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...OHA will host eight community meetings across the state to inform the public about the planning process and to hear from our beneficiaries....

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Petition: Support DOE Budget Transparency to Improve Public Education in Hawaii
By News Release @ 3:02 PM :: 1786 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...It remains unclear exactly how the DOE’s nearly $1.9 billion operating budget is being spent due to the complex, non-transparent nature of its budget. This is not to mention the roughly $1 billion in other expenses that make up the almost $3 billion DOE budget....

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Monday, May 13, 2019
Source: Esther Kia’aina and Andy Winer Warned Jim Lyon About Investigation
By Andrew Walden @ 7:31 PM :: 8727 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, World News, Congressional Delegation, OHA

... Winer’s resignation as Sen Brian Schatz’ Chief of Staff was announced in the media, May 4, 2019.  Kia'aina is reportedly under consideration for top jobs at DHHL and OHA ....

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Sunday, May 12, 2019
A Threat to Judicial Independence
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1502 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

... We control the purse strings, so we said no to a lot of their money. They reversed some of their decisions. We gave them some money. So the tension worked ....

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Friday, May 10, 2019
FSM Congress Elects New President
By Andrew Walden @ 11:27 PM :: 2033 Views :: Ethics, World News

...The FSM Congress elected Pohnpei Senator David W. Panuelo President and Kosrae Senator Yosiwo P. George as Vice President....

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Thursday, May 09, 2019
Audit the Rail: Why does it matter?
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:53 PM :: 1534 Views :: Ethics, Rail

..."What now for rail?" was the question considered by three prominent guests at a sold-out luncheon event sponsored last week by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii....

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Thursday, May 09, 2019
Ethics: No Union Logo on City Uniforms
By News Release @ 1:29 AM :: 1442 Views :: Ethics, Labor

...allowing a non-city entity's logo to be adopted as part of the official uniform would give the non-city entity preferential treatment....

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Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Senators, Developers Set for Hong Kong-Singapore Junket
By Rep Gene Ward @ 12:17 AM :: 5986 Views :: Ethics, Politicians, Republican Party

...From May 21-30, 2019, a delegation comprised of State Senators and local housing developers will visit Singapore and Hong Kong....

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Monday, May 06, 2019
OHA board approves revisions to trustee protocol allowance
By News Release @ 2:58 PM :: 1904 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...reduce each trustee’s allowance; limit what the funds can be used for; and establish accountability safeguards, thereby addressing the state auditor’s concerns....

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Sunday, May 05, 2019
Conflict of Interest? Judge Hiraoka’s Adventures in Dubinland
By Andrew Walden @ 8:22 PM :: 4308 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Judiciary

...For three and a half years, Gilpin alleges, Hiraoka was simultaneously fighting to save Gary Dubin’s law license in one court while opposing Dubin in another, creating a conflict of interest....

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Friday, May 03, 2019
Audit: HART Gives HECO Anything it Wants for Overhead--No Questions Asked
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:18 PM :: 2839 Views :: Energy, Ethics, Rail

"...HART does not require Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., (HECO) to provide overhead cost supporting documentation. HART reimburses Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. 100% of their costs incurred...."

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Thursday, May 02, 2019
OHA: Where is the promised audit for fraud, waste and abuse?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:08 PM :: 2556 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...It's been over two years since the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees unanimously approved an independent audit of OHA and its limited liability companies for fraud, waste and abuse....

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Thursday, May 02, 2019
Schofield Manager Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy
By News Release @ 3:58 PM :: 2625 Views :: Ethics, Military

...Raby provided the contractor with sensitive, internal U.S. Department of Defense procurement information, and otherwise used his position to benefit the contractor in securing U.S. Army contracts....

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Wednesday, May 01, 2019
Ethics Commission Resolves Charge Against Rowena Akana
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 1958 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...This case – COMPL-C-17-00112 – is separate from the Commission’s Decision in COMPL-C-15-00236, issued on February 5, 2019, which imposed an administrative penalty of $23,106.53; Ms. Akana has appealed that Decision....

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Monday, April 29, 2019
ERS Invested Millions With Alleged Fraudster
By Selected News Articles @ 3:20 AM :: 2756 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...As of Sept. 30, Hawaii has paid $36.4 million to Abraaj Global Growth Markets Fund....

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Sunday, April 28, 2019
OHA’s LLCs: The Noose Is Tightening
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1901 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...OHA assets cannot be shielded from accountability (to both the Trustees and the general public) simply by tossing them into LLCs....

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Saturday, April 27, 2019
OHA CFO Ousted to Block 'Fair Treatment' of Grant Requests?
By Andrew Walden @ 9:27 PM :: 3099 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Laeha says he was, "in the process of implementing ... 'fair treatment' laws which require independent solicitations on contracts...."  

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Saturday, April 27, 2019
HB172: Legislature Denies Funding for OHA and LLCs Unless Audit for Fraud, Waste and Abuse is Completed
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:57 PM :: 2217 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Trustee Keli'i Akina praises decision as victory for OHA beneficiaries....

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Friday, April 26, 2019
Let’s End ‘Gut and Replace’ at Legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:26 PM :: 1893 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...The victims of these tactics usually are bills that have been passed by one chamber and are waiting for hearings in the non-originating chamber. This makes them ripe for tinkering because they no longer require hearings or votes in the original house....

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