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Rail Mafia News: PRP Mud-Slinging In Hawaii’s Primary Is Getting Ugly
CB: …Titled “Inside,” the (PRP) ad opens with the words “another scandal” superimposed on the Hawaii Capitol building. The faces of three indicted Navatek executives, partially obscured, then roll by on the screen accompanied by charges of “money laundering” and allegations of “pocketing” Covid-19 funds.
Then comes Luke’s face — partially obscured as well — with the narrator intoning that she has taken thousands of dollars in contributions from the former Navatek CEO, Martin Kao, while at the same time giving big tax breaks to the Honolulu-based company.
“Keep scandal out of our government,” the ad concludes, menacingly. “Don’t let Sylvia Luke in to the lieutenant governor’s office.”
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Luke has long criticized the troubled rail project, which employs a lot of union workers. And Luke points out that Be Change Now used to be known as Pacific Resource Partnership or PRP, which is currently backing former Honolulu City Council Chair Ikaika Anderson for LG….
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All 3 Top Candidates For Hawaii Governor Have Lucrative Side Jobs
CB: … Lt. Gov. Josh Green has a business through which he contracts his services as an emergency room physician.
U.S. Rep Kai Kahele receives income for his work as a Hawaiian Airlines pilot and the Hawaii National Guard and receives an income from real estate properties he owns in Tennessee.
Businesswoman Vicky Cayetano started United Laundry Service and still maintains an ownership interest in the business’ parent company, although she has stopped collecting a regular paycheck as president of the laundry service….
read … All 3 Top Candidates For Hawaii Governor Have Lucrative Side Jobs
Voters crave clean government before pols clean us out
Shapiro: …The Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Hawaii Poll found 81% of voters feel the state Legislature hasn’t done enough to clean up corruption among its members. The other 19% must be applicants for public-private partnerships….
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Hawaii Visitors Spending 40% More, But Enjoying It Less
BH: … It is already widely reported that the forward booking pace is crawling for the late summer and fall seasons. The holidays are always strong, but after that, we don’t see great signs ahead and 2023 looks to be a highly competitive, problematic travel environment with many Hawaii visitors instead opting for long-on-hold international destinations. And while slowing tourism to some degree may be desirable, a free fall would not be. Remember that tourism is far and away the largest income driver in Hawaii, producing hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions in tax revenue….
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Wealthy beachfront homeowners turn to the courts to avoid Hawaii environmental laws
SA: … When heavy surf threatened their home in Mokuleia in the winter of 2006-07, Elizabeth and Mike Dailey ignored state environmental laws and stacked large boulders along the beach, creating a formidable seawall.
Hawaii’s Board of Land and Natural Resources swiftly fined them $12,000 and ordered them to remove it, citing its no-tolerance policy for new seawalls, which have led to large-scale beach loss throughout the state.
But 15 years later, the seawall remains….
Elizabeth, who is now 103 years old, and her son, Mike, members of a prominent family known for their love of polo, have racked up untold legal bills over the years as they’ve fought the state in court and through the state’s administrative hearing process.
In response to one appeal, First Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey P. Crabtree made it clear that property owners cannot engage in “self-help.”
“There are many oceanfront landowners on the North Shore and all around the state facing similar threats to their homes and properties,” he wrote in a 2020 decision. “This unfortunate reality cannot devolve to where a landowner can freely do what they feel is fair and justified to protect their ocean-front property. BLNR cannot look the other way without risking severe consequences.”…
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Above the Law: Police release Aikau family suspect accused of beating elderly man in apparent road rage attack in Laie
HNN: … The suspect accused of assaulting an elderly man in an apparent road rage attack in Laie last Tuesday was released without charges, officials said on Saturday.
(Clue: In Hawaii some people are above the law. Let’s see who.)
Authorities said 28-year-old Daniel Reid Aikau was arrested for second-degree assault on Friday. But, he was then released pending investigation Saturday afternoon.
The victim’s daughter, Katarina Fonua said she and her family are upset the suspect was released without charges.
“He could have died,” said Fonua. “My dad is so fragile, he has heart problems and then they’re going to let this guy go and they have the video.” ….
HNN: Prosecutors (pretend to) revisit assault of elderly man after ‘issues’ with initial investigation
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