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Wednesday, February 22, 2023
After Bribery Arrests: House Adopts New Rules
By News Release @ 10:21 PM :: 1873 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... House Rules 29.1–29.3 and 62.5–62.6 incorporate CISC recommendations relating to ethics reform, ethics disclosures, standards of conduct, and conflict of interest ....

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Wednesday, February 22, 2023
After Indictments, Al Hee Took $9M More
By Andrew Walden @ 9:59 PM :: 3382 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, Hawaii History

... remember Al Hee?  The first in the current wave of Hawaii corruption cases, Hee's indictment was handed down on the exact second anniversary of Dan Inouye's death ....

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Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Corruption or incompetence, transparency still the antidote
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:51 PM :: 1899 Views :: Ethics

... to combat government corruption, waste, mismanagement and inefficiency ....

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Monday, February 20, 2023
CNHA Inside Track: Robin Danner Snags Gig in Governor's Office
By News Release @ 2:19 AM :: 5186 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, Tourism

... CNHA: Josh Green will Give us Tourism Contract ....

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Friday, February 17, 2023
Climate Solution: Grab $100M of Your Dollars, Light Them on Fire
By News Release @ 8:30 PM :: 1678 Views :: Environment, Ethics

... The 20-member Hawai‘i Climate Commission voted today to support Governor Josh Green’s proposal to create a $100 million climate (slush) fund ....

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Thursday, February 16, 2023
Ethics: Clerk at AGs Office Fed Info to Lawyer Suing Crooked Sheriff for Sex Assault
By News Release @ 5:26 AM :: 3172 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement, Police

... Deputy Freddie Carabbacan rides again ....

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Thursday, February 16, 2023
Shining a Light on the Legislature--Do Anti-Corruption Bills Have a Chance?
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:01 AM :: 1799 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Why are some agencies opposing them? ....

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Wednesday, February 15, 2023
DHHL Nomination Withdrawn: 'Evasive' Anderson 'Misrepresents Commission'
By News Release @ 12:10 AM :: 3507 Views :: DHHL, Ethics

... “His misrepresentation of the commission’s viewpoints on the $600 million plan significantly influenced my decision.” ....

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Tuesday, February 14, 2023
HTA Splits RFP for US: Marketing vs 'Stewardship'
By News Release @ 2:41 PM :: 1667 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

... Translation: Marketing is for HCVB and 'Stewardship' is for CNHA ....

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Sunday, February 12, 2023
Audit: Why did DoE Give DoT $16M for Useless Kihei Roundabout?
By News Release @ 6:54 PM :: 1390 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Ethics

... a financial audit of the DOE to help determine how the $16 million was transferred to DOT and where this money came from ....

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Thursday, February 9, 2023
House Judiciary Committee Rejects Five Ethics Bills
By News Release @ 4:50 PM :: 1441 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... two bills advance, five deferred ....

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Thursday, February 9, 2023
Volta: Hawaii's Latest Hi-Tech Failure Gets Recycled by Shell Oil
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 1911 Views :: Energy, Environment, Ethics, Tax Credits

... How much money did ERS and KSBE lose helping Shell greenwash its oil business? ....

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Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Decade In Prison For ‘Brazen’ Maui Official Who Took Bribes
By News Release @ 10:48 PM :: 1978 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... Once again: The Feds doing the job the State and Counties just won't do ....

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Wednesday, February 8, 2023
House Sends Four Campaign Finance Reform Bills to Senate
By News Release @ 2:18 PM :: 1299 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... will the Senate kill these bills? ....

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Sunday, February 5, 2023
CNHA News: Danner Scores Gig on Indian Corporation, Sends Herself $4M
By Selected News Articles @ 9:45 PM :: 2460 Views :: Akaka Bill, Ethics, OHA

... Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement awarded $4M from Oweesta Corp ....

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Saturday, February 4, 2023
After Fraudsters Jailed, Auditor Discovers Affordable Housing Program Has no Administrative Rules
By News Release @ 8:15 PM :: 2809 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Development, Cost of Living

... Decades of neglect in monitoring the program has left the department unable to evaluate its success ....

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Saturday, February 4, 2023
Kailua-Based Former Navy Captain Gets 30 Months in 'Fat Leonard' Scandal
By News Release @ 6:52 PM :: 1777 Views :: Ethics, Military

... he received more than $90,000 in bribes from foreign defense contractor Leonard Francis, who plied him with luxurious hotel stays, travel, and prostitutes ....

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Saturday, January 28, 2023
Former Prison Guard Arrested for Sexual Abuse of Inmates
By News Release @ 4:09 AM :: 1799 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

... a correctional officer at the Federal Detention Center in Honolulu from approximately 2014 to 2018 ....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Proposed Hawaii State Privacy Laws
By Selected News Articles @ 1:49 AM :: 1768 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Small Business

... Hawaii lawmakers introducing consumer privacy bills and biometric privacy bills ....

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Friday, January 20, 2023
John Waihee’s Favorite Trump-era influence peddler sentenced to prison
By News Release @ 1:19 AM :: 3485 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Hawaii History, Republican Party

... Nickie Lum of the Infamous Lum Crime Family Sentenced for Facilitating Unregistered Lobbying Campaign in Exchange for Approximately $3 Million ....

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Thursday, January 19, 2023
Corruption at every level: Why I left Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:47 PM :: 4909 Views :: Ethics, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... To this day, I still wonder where the $58 million that was earmarked for testing and tracing went or whose pockets it lined ....

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Thursday, January 19, 2023
Let the sun shine in
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:33 AM :: 1336 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The only question is whether they have the political will ....

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Thursday, January 19, 2023
Four Hawaii Correctional Officers Sentenced for Abusing Inmate and Conspiring to Cover Up Abuse
By News Release @ 12:08 AM :: 1754 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

... a multi-year conspiracy to cover-up the abuse ....

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023
ODC: Green Energy Lawyer Paid Kickback to get $1000/hour legal fees
By News Release @ 11:49 PM :: 1834 Views :: Environment, Ethics

... Kvam engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.  Kvam also violated the rules by paying a prohibited referral fee in the nature of a “commission” ....

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Tuesday, January 17, 2023
How to fix Hawaii's SLOW permitting departments
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:30 AM :: 1896 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... Hawaii is one of the slowest states in the nation when it comes to approving building permits ....

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Sunday, January 15, 2023
Transparency by Executive Order? Gov Green responds
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:59 PM :: 1681 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... two dozen community and media organizations suggest changes that could be implemented by executive order ....

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Friday, January 13, 2023
Secret Report by Secret Author Used to Expel Top Execs of Bishop Museum
By News Release @ 5:19 AM :: 2990 Views :: Ethics

... the report will not be made public ....

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Thursday, January 12, 2023
Sovereignty Lawyer Dexter Kaiama Law License Suspended by Supreme Court
By News Release @ 3:31 AM :: 2747 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

... He is also required to promptly notify all of his clients, and any attorneys for any adverse party in any pending litigation, of his suspension and consequent inability to act as an attorney ....

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Tuesday, January 10, 2023
Another 'Clean Elections' Bill Introduced
By News Release @ 3:59 AM :: 1604 Views :: Ethics, Office of Elections

... this would cost the state $25 million per year ....

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Sunday, January 1, 2023
“Deep Moral Crisis” in Hawai‘i Government
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:33 PM :: 2169 Views :: Ethics

... bold proposals for legislative reform ....

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Saturday, December 31, 2022
Paranoia Will Destroy Ya: Maui Police CIU 'Kidnaps' one of its own officers
By Andrew Walden @ 7:12 PM :: 2990 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Police

... a lawsuit filed in 2nd Circuit Court November 4 by former MPD Officer Manuel Sorcy shows CIU investigators intensely focused on Chief Faaumu’s internal rivals both real and imagined ....

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Monday, December 26, 2022
Convicted Meth Dealer Asks Federal Court Permission to Take Over Laborer’s Union
By Andrew Walden @ 10:48 PM :: 6390 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Rail, Drugs

... “If my name sounds familiar it's because my dad was President of the Hawaii AFL-CIO and the Business Manager/ Financial Secretary for the Hawaii Carpenters Union Local 745 for over 20 years.”….

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Sunday, December 25, 2022
Earning a Procurement Exemption
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1747 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

“...You’re going to have to earn something like that....”

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Saturday, December 17, 2022
Why We Left Hawaii: Police Misconduct Threatens My Wife and Daughter
By Andrew Walden @ 9:37 PM :: 7787 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Police

... building contractor Chris Kagawa lived on the Big Island his entire life until he was forced to relocate to the mainland in June, 2022 due to the actions of the Hawaii County PD ....

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Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Disgraced Bitcoin Billionaire Sent Thousands to Hawaii Democrats
By Andrew Walden @ 10:01 PM :: 2754 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics

... Indicted for campaign fraud and misappropriation of client deposits, former crypto-billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) is now under arrest in the Bahamas facing extradition to the US ....

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Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Green Names 17 More Appointees
By News Release @ 12:05 AM :: 2301 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... With these selections, Gov. Green has now identified a Director for every state department ....

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Monday, December 12, 2022
Kawananakoa Estate: Sex, Drugs, and Inequality
By Andrew Walden @ 1:16 PM :: 47759 Views :: Ethics, Drugs

...If you’re rich, Hawaii is a really lousy place to get sick....

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Thursday, December 8, 2022
Kahele Skips out on Final Congressional Session with Another Proxy Letter
By Andrew Walden @ 1:56 PM :: 2227 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation, COVID-19

... HI2 is now represented by Rep Lou Correa .... 

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Wednesday, December 7, 2022
With Minutes left on Clock, McCartney rescinds tourism contract with Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement
By News Release @ 4:27 AM :: 2237 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

"...CNHA plans to update its protest against the unlawful actions of DBEDT's former director Mike McCartney...."

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Monday, December 5, 2022
Ethics Comm Dings Teacher for Accepting $16K
By News Release @ 1:29 AM :: 2117 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

... making it difficult to ensure that state employees are not accepting cash payments from improper sources  ....

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Sunday, December 4, 2022
Ridicule, Violent Opposition, Acceptance: OHA and DLNR
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:33 PM :: 2504 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... Truth Goes Through Three Stages ....

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Sunday, December 4, 2022
Want to Fight Corruption?  Follow the Money
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2735 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, OHA

... We, as taxpayers who are supplying the money, have the right to see where it goes. In real time, not several years later as seen in one nonprofit’s recent fight with the Department of Education ....

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Friday, December 2, 2022
31 Proposals to Stop Fraud, Drug Trafficking, and Bribery by Public Officials
By News Release @ 10:39 PM :: 2199 Views :: Ethics

... Submitted to the House of Representatives on December 1, 2022 by Commission to Improve Standards of Conduct ....

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Friday, December 2, 2022
(Another) Former Maui County Environmental Management Official Charged with Accepting Bribes
By News Release @ 2:57 AM :: 2247 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Ethics

... charges stemming from the operation of a long running bribery scheme ....

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Friday, December 2, 2022
Guam office of Ernst & Young took $750K COVID loan
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 1762 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

... even though the huge multinational corporation has over 365,000 employees worldwide and multibillion-dollar revenues that consistently grew during the pandemic (from $15.8 in 2019 to $17.6 billion in 2021) ....

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Thursday, December 1, 2022
CNHA: Josh Green will Give us Tourism Contract
By News Release @ 3:28 PM :: 2042 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

... CNHA was disappointed with the Department of Business and Economic Development and Tourism Director’s proposal this past Monday to rescind CNHA’s award; renege on the brokered resolution; and cancel the underlying solicitation ....

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Monday, November 28, 2022
US House Ethics Committee continuing investigation into Kahele campaign finances
By Selected News Articles @ 6:35 PM :: 1728 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation

... The report released Monday said that Kahele made "misleading statements" to the staff members with the Office on Congressional Ethics and recommended a subpoena for Kahele ....

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Sunday, November 27, 2022
FBI: Miske Ran Waikiki ‘Beachboy’ Concession
By Andrew Walden @ 5:56 PM :: 2964 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement, Tourism

... Gradually the mafia deathgrip on Waikiki beaches is being chipped away ....

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Thursday, November 24, 2022
Hilo Man Receives 42 Months in Prison for Defrauding Covid-19 Relief Programs
By News Release @ 5:12 PM :: 1861 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

... Mills submitted multiple applications for PPP and EIDL funds on behalf of three businesses under his control, Kanaka Maoli Hookupu Center, New Way Horizon Travel, and Uilani Kawailehua Foundation ....

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Carpenters Union Director Heads List of Green Appointees
By News Release @ 1:50 PM :: 3284 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... chief of staff, Brooke Wilson, (former political and education director for the Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters) who had served in the same position when he was Hawaiʻi’s lieutenant governor ....

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