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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 :: 5115 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 :: 7566 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 :: 6940 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 :: 6588 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 9, 2019
What Should OHA Really be Doing?
By Video @ 8:08 PM :: 4039 Views :: Ethics, OHA

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

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Auditor Follows up on Foundation on Culture and Arts
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 12:18 AM :: 4330 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 7, 2019
Keli'i Akina Interviews Environmental Watchdog Caroll Cox
By Video @ 10:39 PM :: 5636 Views :: Environment, Ethics

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

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Saturday, January 5, 2019
Auditor: Conveyance Tax Money Misspent by DLNR
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 8:05 PM :: 7233 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 4, 2019
Government-Funded Sweatshops: No Minimum Wage for Hawaii Disabled Workers
By Selected News Articles @ 9:39 PM :: 8532 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 2, 2019
A Stunning Revelation at OHA
By Video @ 10:47 PM :: 4650 Views :: Ethics, OHA

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

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019
OHA Audit in Jeopardy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:55 PM :: 4903 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 :: 9194 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 :: 5136 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 :: 7654 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 :: 7437 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 :: 5745 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 :: 7128 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 :: 4708 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 :: 9097 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 :: 3942 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 :: 5994 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 :: 6280 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 :: 7033 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 :: 7601 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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Thursday, December 13, 2018
Honolulu Republican Party Calls for Kaneshiro Resignation
By Brett Kulbis @ 5:18 PM :: 7927 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Law Enforcement, Republican Party

...this situation involving Kaneshiro, Sapolu and Futa could potentially lead to countless criminal cases being dismissed or overturned, with dangerous and/or violent criminals being set free to roam our streets....

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Thursday, December 13, 2018
How Would You Grade OHA?
By Video @ 12:43 AM :: 4864 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Watch This To See Our OHA Report Card For 2018 & What They Should Do Next Year....

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Whitewash: HGEA Members at State Hospital Get No Punishment for Saito Escape
By News Release @ 7:32 PM :: 7116 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Labor, Law Enforcement

... Saito had sexual relations with at least three hospital staff members. Saito has been known for his manipulative nature, and sources say sexual relations took place on multiple occasions where he was able to obtain contraband ....

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018
PETITION: Impeach City and County Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro
By News Release @ 11:04 PM :: 6418 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Law Enforcement

...Shall City and County of Honolulu Prosecutor Keith M. Kaneshiro be impeached and removed from his position for malfeasance, misfeasance or non-feasance in office?....

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Monday, December 10, 2018
Finish OHA’s Audit for Fraud, Waste and Abuse!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:28 PM :: 4723 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Keli‘i Akina today secured renewed commitments from OHA’s newly chosen Board leadership to finish the audit of OHA and its subsidiary LLCs for fraud, waste and abuse....

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Thursday, December 6, 2018
Title IX Lawsuit: ACLU Sues over Lack of Female Athletic Facilities at DoE Schools
By News Release @ 1:15 PM :: 8376 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...14 DOE high schools “do not have separate athletic locker facilities for girls, even when boys in those same schools do have such access.” ....

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Thursday, December 6, 2018
Where Does OHA Hide its Secrets?
By Video @ 10:26 AM :: 4709 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Now There’s A Chance Everyone Might Get A Peek....

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018
OHA Year in Review: Looking Back at 2018
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:27 AM :: 4258 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...here are some highlights from the past year at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs....

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Sunday, December 2, 2018
Fraud, Collusion, Embezzlement: Hawaii OPEB Debt
By Andrew Walden @ 9:48 AM :: 7594 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii History, Labor

...The majority’s interpretation embraces the view that the legislature has authorized payment for fraud, collusion, embezzlement, and bad faith dealings....

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Saturday, December 1, 2018
Honolulu Ethics: Legal to Campaign on County Time?
By News Release @ 5:51 PM :: 4112 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...a concern was filed with the Ethics Commission alleging that the Department Head’s intranet video message was a misuse of city resources for political purposes....

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Friday, November 30, 2018
Hawaii Ranks 15th for Financial Transparency
By Selected News Articles @ 2:31 AM :: 5215 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Report: One-third of states have passable fiscal transparency, the rest need improvement....

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Sen 19 Loser Lopresti Claims Golojuch Altered Ballots--Demands Recount
By News Release @ 4:38 PM :: 7734 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Politicians

"...Michele Golojuch and her entire immediate family...leading a public misinformation campaign to conduct a character assassination against me for months...filing a bizarre and recklessly fabricated slanderous complaint against me trying to remove me from the Democratic Party...." -- Matt LoPresti

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Thursday, November 22, 2018
Honolulu Tax Evader a Big Deal in Guam, Micronesia
By News Release @ 3:49 PM :: 8129 Views :: National News, Ethics, Law Enforcement, Taxes

...Businessman convicted of tax fraud has Guam, Micronesia deals....

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Hawaii putting bond investors in a world of hurt
By Selected News Articles @ 12:58 AM :: 6554 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Hawaii is precariously stretched to fund debt obligations....

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Sunday, November 18, 2018
Walden versus OHA’s LLCs
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 5681 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...These companies received cash and property, including 1,600+ acres of land in Waimea Valley, from OHA....

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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Auditor Rips Health Department Oversight of Board and Care Homes
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 11:19 PM :: 5086 Views :: Ethics, Health Care

...Why is this such a difficult issue?  Because care home owners 'vote' their patients....

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Sunday, November 11, 2018
Telescope: OHA Greenmail Overplays its Hand?
By Andrew Walden @ 9:25 PM :: 5834 Views :: Ethics, Greenmail, OHA

...political cronies haven’t figured out how to grab a cut of your kid’s PhD salary....

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Sunday, November 11, 2018
Special Funds: Auditor Looks at HART, OHA, PUC and Others
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:29 AM :: 4202 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...and found one special fund did not meet criteria and should be closed....

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018
ConCon Complaint: Campaign Spending Violation on Front page
By J. H. Snider Ph.D. @ 4:56 PM :: 4704 Views :: Ethics

...Violation of Hawaii law regarding advertising in Monday's front page print edition of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser....

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Monday, November 5, 2018
Report on the Implementation of State Auditor’s Recommendations
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:31 AM :: 4455 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...every year we follow up on recommendations made in our audit reports....

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Friday, November 2, 2018
Lawsuit: OHA-Owned Corporations Must Comply With Open Records Laws
By Selected News Articles @ 8:00 PM :: 7634 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Lawsuit filed after denial of a UIPA request for the financial records of Limited Liability Corporations (LLCs) owned and created by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs....

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Thursday, November 1, 2018
Why OHA Needs to be More Transparent
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:19 PM :: 4220 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) gave the Office of Hawaiian Affairs a failing grade of ‘F’ for its online financial transparency....

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Who Are OHA's Real Misspenders?
By Video @ 11:39 PM :: 4661 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...OHA Wants You To Watch The Left Hand So You Wonʻt See What The Right Hand Has Been Doing....

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Rail: Bill 42 Breaks a Promise
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:22 PM :: 5785 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...Bill 42 break the promise made by the full City Council in 2006 that city funds or bonds would not be used to fund the rail....

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Sunday, October 28, 2018
Crooks and Cronies: Who's Cashing in on the 2017-18 OHA Check Register
By Andrew Walden @ 9:34 PM :: 7125 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Hawai’i Free Press has obtained a copy of the Fiscal Year 2017-18 Office of Hawaiian Affairs check register in response to an open records request....

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Sunday, October 28, 2018
Full Text: HART RFP for Rail P3 Partners
By Andrew Walden @ 1:48 AM :: 5732 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...Proposals responding to RFP Part 1 will be accepted up to 2:00 p.m., Hawai‘i Standard Time (HST) on December 21, 2018....

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