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Thursday, April 1, 2021
Applicants Wanted for State Ethics and Campaign Spending Commissions
By News Release @ 7:27 PM :: 3002 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

... The Judicial Council is seeking applicants to fill upcoming vacancies on the Hawaii State Ethics Commission and Campaign Spending Commission ....

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Feds Bust Six in DPP Bribery Scheme
By Selected News Articles @ 1:04 AM :: 7272 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... Federal corruption probe targets DPP staffers and one local architect ....

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Sunday, March 28, 2021
What Does Blangiardi’s Police Commission Nominee Know About Kimura Shooting?
By Andrew Walden @ 11:54 PM :: 6236 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police

... Cap't Ben Mahi was the 2nd-highest-ranking officer of HPD Division 1, when a drunken Division 1 Sgt Anson Kimura accidentally shot waitress Hyun Ju Park ....

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Saturday, March 27, 2021
Guilty of Bribery, Embezzlement: Caldwell Admin CARES Act Administrator Hanalei Aipoalani
By News Release @ 3:26 AM :: 8546 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, COVID-19

... Hanalei Aipoalani, 42, of Waianae, Hawaii, pled guilty in federal court today to embezzling more than $500,000 from AmeriCorps and to agreeing to accept a bribe for the administration of grants under the CARES Act ....

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Friday, March 19, 2021
ODC Complaint: Megan Kau Worked for Miske and Cop Who Arrested Him
By News Release @ 8:28 PM :: 6554 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement, Police

... ODC complaint claims a conflict of interest existed when local attorneys Megan Kau and Tristan Andres worked simultaneously for a Michael Miske company and for an HPD Sgt who arrested Miske ....

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Friday, March 19, 2021
Grassroot Institute Legislative Update
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:55 AM :: 3744 Views :: Ethics, Development, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... Hawaii's Legislature is about halfway through its 2021 session, and if we're lucky, the good will outweigh the bad when it's over ....

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Thursday, March 18, 2021
Mass Disenrollment from 'Campus of Fear': COVID Money Disappearing from Hawaii Community College?
By News Release @ 8:51 PM :: 3768 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Higher Education

"...caused approximately a 10% reduction in the Fall 2020 enrollment...."

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Thursday, March 4, 2021
Rep Ohno: 'Give Me Money and I'll Show You How to Get Your Bill Passed'
By News Release @ 10:56 PM :: 2908 Views :: Ethics

"... make a contribution of any amount to my campaign, and I’ll send you a Zoom invite to my webinar fundraiser. It’ll be worthwhile, I promise!...."

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021
OIP: UIPA Under COVID Emergency Rules
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 2469 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... SP18 requires an agency that relies on the suspended deadlines to acknowledge receipt of “UIPA Requests”  ....

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
VIDEO: Police Chief says 263 officers abused overtime policy
By Video @ 2:34 AM :: 2835 Views :: Ethics, Police

... The video was sent to officers Friday morning on the department’s private communication channel ....

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Monday, March 1, 2021
Ethics: Cows and Church at HYCF
By News Release @ 7:45 PM :: 2726 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

... HYCF has conducted cattle ranching operations on HYCF property for many years ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
Rep Har DUI Arrest: Smelled of Alcohol, Yelled 'Black Lives Matter'
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 11287 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

... “Sharon then related that she was going to be the next governor but ‘this’ will mess up her plans.” ....

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Friday, February 19, 2021
Sand Island Disclosure After BRAT Threatens Blangiardi with ‘Citizens Arrest’
By Andrew Walden @ 10:20 PM :: 5102 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

... The parcel is one of several not included on Blangiardi’s, June 8, 2020, Candidate Financial Disclosure form ....

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Friday, February 19, 2021
Bill to Dissolve Agribusiness Development Corporation Passed Out of House Committee
By News Release @ 6:45 PM :: 3039 Views :: Ethics, Agriculture

...HB1271 dissolves the Agribusiness Development Corporation (ADC) and transfers all its resource except the director to the Department of Agriculture....

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Thursday, February 18, 2021
9/11 Conspiracy Theorist to Rewrite Maui County Charter?
By Andrew Walden @ 4:19 AM :: 4420 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... One of the nation’s leading 911 conspiracy theorists has been nominated to serve on the Maui County Charter Commission ....

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Saturday, February 13, 2021
Lawsuit: Vendor Skimming Hawaii Child Support Payments
By Selected News Articles @ 2:00 PM :: 3404 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

"... those payments came with a 3.5% convenience fee — higher than any other vendor taking electronic payments ...."

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Friday, February 12, 2021
Auditor Exposes Speaker's Office--Manipulating 'Working Group' to Save OHA's Dirty Secrets
By News Release @ 1:52 PM :: 4421 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... The Working Group’s questions about the lawsuit filed by OHA against me and the office – a lawsuit that is ongoing – are also wholly inappropriate and can only help OHA in the litigation .... 

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Lawsuit: Hee Crime Family Under the Table Deal with Time Warner
By Andrew Walden @ 1:18 AM :: 4849 Views :: DHHL, Ethics

... According to the complaint filed by Bankruptcy Trustee Michael Katzenstein,  Clearcom, a Hee family company, has been receiving payment under the table from Oceanic Time Warner, Charter, and possibly others ....

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Sunday, February 7, 2021
Bill 31: Former Meth-head Helps Sand Island Lobby for Property Tax Cap
By Andrew Walden @ 3:02 AM :: 4906 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, Taxes, COVID-19

... It is naturally hard to say no to an ex-tweeker who, at Bishop Estate, achieved the kind of things most Honolulu politicians can only dream of ....

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Friday, February 5, 2021
Feds link Bay Area man to California/Hawaii coke smuggling ring, illegal gambling hall
By News Release @ 12:47 PM :: 8491 Views :: Ethics, Police, Drugs

"... Lee said she and Officer Chu have been growing marijuana ever since her husband left her ...."

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Friday, January 29, 2021
Completing the Work of Restoring OHA's Credibility
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:04 AM :: 2446 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... A survey commissioned by the agency in 2015 found that the public regarded OHA as the least favorable of the major Hawaiian-serving organizations ....

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
Ex-CFO: I was fired to keep Legislators from Seeing OHA's True Budget
By Andrew Walden @ 7:41 AM :: 5783 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... According to Laeha’s suit he was suspended by OHA’s then-CEO Kamanao Crabbe one day before he was set to reveal OHA’s real budget and "corrupt and unlawful practices" to Legislators ....

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Ethics: Legislator Wants to Hire 'Intern', Pay Under the Table
By News Release @ 4:08 AM :: 3250 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

"... Soliciting, selling, or otherwise engaging in a substantial financial transaction with a subordinate or a person or business whom the legislator or employee inspects or supervises in the legislator's or employee's official capacity ...."

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Monday, January 25, 2021
Legislature Stages Vaccination Party for 500 Cronies and Insiders
By News Release @ 11:27 PM :: 4743 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... all Legislative employees working in the Hawaiʻi State Capitol will be able to be vaccinated as members of its prioritized vaccination system's Phase 1b (i.e., individuals essential for government operations), on January 28, 2021 ....

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Monday, January 25, 2021
Hawaii Opens Door to More Unlicensed Cryptocurrency Schemes
By News Release @ 10:39 PM :: 4164 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits

... This is made possible with the issuance of a “no action message” by DFI, which will not take any action against these companies during the two-year period of the program ....

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Saturday, January 23, 2021
Let's get our voice back
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:50 AM :: 2834 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... a perpetual emergency status ....

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Saturday, January 23, 2021
Agribusiness Development Corp: "Costly, disorganized and ineffective"
By UHERO @ 1:06 AM :: 2943 Views :: Ethics, Agriculture

... ADC’s emphasis on land acquisition has made it a costly, disorganized and ineffective program while the state and counties have failed to fulfill their promises to landowners participating in the IAL program ....

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Friday, January 22, 2021
Supreme Court Suspends Katherine Kealoha's Boyfriend's Lawyer
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 3644 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

... but he can get back to being a shyster in 5 years ....

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Monday, January 18, 2021
Hawaii's Lum Crime Family Pays Lobbyist for Last-Minute Trump Pardon
By Selected News Articles @ 7:43 PM :: 5393 Views :: National News, Ethics

... Nickie Lum Davis has retained Potomac International Partners to push for a grant of clemency. One of the lobbyists on the account is Mark Cowan, who was a member of Trump’s transition team ....

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Saturday, January 16, 2021
Former Schofield contractor sentenced for role in bribery and kickback scheme
By News Release @ 6:05 PM :: 2933 Views :: Ethics, Military

... from 2011 to 2018, Winslett paid over $100,000 worth of bribes to two U.S. Army contracting officials who worked at the Range at Schofield Barracks, in order to steer federal contracts worth at least $19 million  ....

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Friday, January 15, 2021
Meth Trafficking: Former Mayor of Yona, Guam Sentenced to Prison for Extortion
By News Release @ 8:20 PM :: 2998 Views :: Ethics, Drugs

... bribes from a drug trafficker to obtain United States Postal Service cluster box units ....

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Friday, January 15, 2021
30 Years Without a Plan -- Auditor Rips Agribusiness Development Corp.
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:36 AM :: 4856 Views :: Ethics, Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

"...ADC has done little – if anything – to facilitate the development of agricultural enterprises...the State can no longer wait for ADC to figure out what it is, what it is supposed to do, and how it is supposed to do it...."

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Sunday, January 10, 2021
Say 'Uncle' -- What Connects Miske to Kealoha?
By Andrew Walden @ 10:25 PM :: 14666 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police, Rail

... Kealoha was selected Chief thanks in part to Michael Miske’s ‘uncle’ ....

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Rail critic Natalie Iwasa named to HART board of directors
By News Release @ 3:46 PM :: 3171 Views :: Ethics, Rail

... “Ms. Iwasa's official engagement on the Board will ensure increased accountability and transparency at HART.” ....

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Friday, January 1, 2021
OHA Chair Hulu Lindsey "Will push for a better relationship with the state auditor"
By Selected News Articles @ 11:45 PM :: 2678 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...“We will rely on the advisory opinion of the auditor in making corrective changes. If OHA’s in-house policies do not conform to our obligations as a state agency, then we should create policies that do.”....

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Saturday, December 26, 2020
DoJ: Hawaii's Lum Crime Family Trades American Hostages in Trump's White House
By Andrew Walden @ 8:54 PM :: 15110 Views :: National News, Ethics, Hawaii History, Obama

...Hawaii’s Lum Crime Family is back in the news—allegedly channeling a Malaysian billionaire’s money to buy Chinese communist influence in Donald Trump’s White House via a top Trump fundraiser--convicted fraudster Elliott Broidy....

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020
US Senate Report: Whistleblower Retaliation Behind Hawaii Helicopter Crashes
By News Release @ 4:51 PM :: 4247 Views :: Ethics, Small Business, Tourism

... Allegations of Misconduct at the Honolulu Flight Standards District Office ....

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Good News--Where's it coming from?
By Video @ 11:39 PM :: 3112 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... Where This Good News Is Coming From May Surprise You ....

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020
City finally releases P3 bid numbers
By News Release @ 9:09 PM :: 3052 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

... The proposal documents for the P3 procurement will soon be available for review ....

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020
After Years in Court, DoE Forced to Release Financial Data
By News Release @ 2:45 PM :: 2915 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

... EIH believes that transparency is the first necessary step to transform Hawaii’s over-centralized public school system into an empowered system that is schools-centered and allows education professionals closest to the children to determine how best to meet children’s needs ....

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Honolulu PD ‘Top 10 Earners’ List Revealed–Did Corporal make $341K?
By Andrew Walden @ 2:00 PM :: 10801 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Labor, Police

...in 2017 five of the top ten earners worked directly under Ballard at Central Receiving....

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Kealoha Lawyer Disbarred in California, Suspended in Hawaii
By News Release @ 2:25 AM :: 3555 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

... 2019: Who Is Earle Partington And What’s He Doing In The Kealoha Case? ....

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Sunday, December 13, 2020
​Business Entity Registration Scam
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2636 Views :: Ethics, Small Business

... The first problem is that some people think that the letter comes from a government agency. It doesn’t ....

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
VIDEO: Chief Ballard Responds to Anonymous Letter
By News Release @ 2:27 AM :: 4373 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police, COVID-19

"...The failed COVID 19 Operational Plan directly promoted abuse by officers...."

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Ethics Comm: 58 Pages of New Rules
By News Release @ 2:48 AM :: 1910 Views :: Ethics

...Hawai‘i State Ethics Commission promulgated new administrative rules, effective November 28, 2020....

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Sunday, December 6, 2020
Auditor: Prosecutor's Office Did Nothing to Learn from Kealoha Scandal
By News Release @ 3:18 AM :: 3296 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Law Enforcement

...management did not initiate a review or evaluation of its policies and procedures that allowed one of its higher-ranking deputy prosecutors to use the office for criminal activity....

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Saturday, December 5, 2020
Audit: City Loses $450K per Year Subsidizing Bikeshare
By News Release @ 1:09 AM :: 2766 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

... The city did not share in the $5.3 million in revenues collected by the Bikeshare program between FY2017 and FY2019 ....

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Thursday, December 3, 2020
In “Staggering” Conspiracy, Former Police Chief, Prosecutor, and Police Officers Sentenced for Framing an Innocent Man with a Crime
By News Release @ 2:39 PM :: 5235 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police

...The sentences mark the end of one of the largest public corruption cases in Hawaii history....

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Meet OHA's New Board of Trustees
By Selected News Articles @ 7:38 PM :: 3014 Views :: Ethics, OHA

"...it is about power...." --  Brendon Lee

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Hawaiian Tel Buys Al Hee's Cable Network
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 2981 Views :: DHHL, Ethics

... Hawaiian Telcom to Acquire Inter-Island Submarine and Terrestrial Fiber Infrastructure Assets from Paniolo Cable Company ....

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