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‘Liar’ vs ‘slum lord’: Democratic Gubernatorial Debate

HNN: … During Thursday’s gubernatorial Super Debate, Congressman Kai Kahele accused Lt. Gov. Josh Green of profiting from the pandemic while Green attacked Kahele as a “slum lord.”

“You have three sources of income, lieutenant governor. Private physician and this mystery LLC called Green Health International through which you received $600,000 in income during the last three years,” Kahele said.

“Is the reason, lieutenant governor, why you didn’t tell us the sources of income last week that you don’t want to the public to know how you have personally benefited from those sources while serving as lieutenant governor?”

But Green said that’s the salary he earns as an emergency room doctor on the Big Island.

“It’s my clinical work. Period. End of story. There’s been innuendo all over the place. I’ve never worked any way shape or form for the pharmaceutical industry or anything like that,” said Green.

Kahele called him a “liar,” and insisted Green release documents about his income but Green’s campaign said they are not immediately available.

Meanwhile, Green raised questions about Kahele’s record as a landlord.

“He also has an LLC in the state of Tennessee which he never discusses, which deals with slum lord housing,” said Green.

Colin says Josh Green remains the target on the democratic side of the governor's race. He also reacts to BJ Penn's performance and the rest of the republicans

According to his disclosures with Congress and the state Ethics Commission, Kahele owns several rental properties in Tennessee. Based on Google maps photos, the homes don’t appear to be run-down.

But a check of Tennessee court records shows that between 2010 and 2014, Kahele has filed more than a dozen eviction lawsuits against his tenants.

“That’s a lot of evictions in a very short period of time,”…

read … ‘Liar,’ ‘slum lord’: Mud-slinging on debate stage could leave voters with new questions 

Case pending before Hawaiʻi Supreme Court to look at Kealoha legal fees

HPR: … Honolulu Corporation Counsel attorney Duane Pang, who briefed the commission on Wednesday, said the city continues to argue that Kealoha’s actions were not typical police activity.

The argument hinges on the commission's Rule 11, which is the determination of whether an act was done in the performance of an officer’s job.

“The fact that he pled guilty and was convicted does not change that your decision was proper,” Pang told the HPC.

Circuit court agreed with the commission back in 2020 that the city should pay, and the Intermediate Court of Appeals upheld it in March. Then, the city's request for reconsideration was denied.

In June, the city requested the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court review this decision, which is where the case is currently pending ….

read … Case pending before Hawaiʻi Supreme Court to look at Kealoha legal fees

Rent Increase Coming: Hawaii Dep’t of Taxation Cracking Down on landlords not paying GE Tax

KITV: … The Department of Taxation says it's cracking down on landlords when it comes to the General Excise Tax. COVID rental assistance prompted the move.

In an exclusive letter to KITV4, the Department of Taxations says its investigating landlords who are not complying with the COVID-19 rental relief program, and not paying their fair share of the General Excise Tax. 3,000 letters are in landlords' hands telling them to get their GET license and pay what they owe. 150 of these people are already believed to be non-compliant with rules concerning the tax.

“They don't want to get caught and they don't want to pay the tax. At least we have a suspicion of who some of them are. You have to abide by the rules otherwise it hurts everybody,” said Hawaii State Representative Bob McDermott….

read … Hawaii Dept of Taxation Cracking Down on landlords not paying GET tax

Fraudulent Solicitation? Transsexual Show for Kids a Surprise to Nonprofit

HTH: … a spokesperson for the West Hawaii Children’s Justice Center said they knew nothing of the event or that it was billed as a fundraiser benefiting them until they started receiving calls from “visibly upset” residents who saw the show advertised on social media.

“People were upset that we were sponsoring the event, but we had no knowledge of it until someone showed us the flyer,” the spokesperson said. “It caught us unaware.”

Kapela, when asked about the center not knowing about the event, said “I also assume that CJC wouldn’t turn down donations from someone just because they’re LGBTQ+. The original event flyer noted that all proceeds would be donated to CJC, which clearly indicates that was the intent all along.”

The show is looking for a new venue.

“The show will go on — as it always does,” said Smith.

Noelani Sugata, marketing director for the Keauhou Shopping Center, said the center had not itself received any threats.

“Our focus has and continues to be our tenants and customers in assuring everyone has a positive experience while at the Keauhou Shopping Center. The shopping center has not received threats related to this event,” said Sugata ….

read … Threats halt drag show: Lawmakers reaffirm support for LGBTQ+ community

Waianae Small Boat Harbor Methamphetamines Camp Still pretending to Develop Land in Waianae Valley

SA: … Waiters said a discussion about empowering a homeless population in Waianae — Pu‘uhonua o Wai‘anae — was particularly impactful to their group. The community now consists of about 250 individuals who support one another. Due to their success, they’ve been given permission to live on the government’s property until they’ve completed developing land they’ve purchased in the back of upper Waianae Valley….

(CLUE: The ‘leaders’ live in the valley and the rest of the tweekers still live at the Small Boat Harbor.  It will remain this way forever.  Millions will flow.  You have been informed.)

read … Native Hawaiian Convention ‘re-envisions’ possibilities for the future

Hawaii Water Commission presses Navy to shut down its only well

SA: … Members of the state Water Commission this week expressed frustration about the Navy’s continued overpumping of the Waiawa shaft, saying more needs to be done to get the Navy into compliance with its permit. But Navy officials have already scaled back their use by as much as 20%, and it’s not clear how much more they can conserve during the summer months, when water use is at its height.

The Waiawa shaft is the last of three drinking water wells that is still in use by the Navy after jet fuel from Red Hill contaminated the Navy’s drinking water system in 2021. The Navy’s Red Hill shaft, the source of the contamination, has been offline since November, and the Navy took its Aiea-Halawa shaft offline as a precaution.

HPR: Navy in violation for overpumping Waiawa Shaft

read … Hawaii Water Commission presses Navy to comply with water permit or risk fines

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