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Thursday, January 13, 2022
Al Hee's Hawaiian Homelands Monopoly Broken
By News Release @ 9:38 PM :: 2444 Views :: DHHL, Ethics

... Broadband telecommunication customers on Hawaiian Home Lands will soon have more options under the lifting of a former exclusivity clause that allowed only one provider ....

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Thursday, January 13, 2022
SHOPO Statement on Federal Indictment of Three Honolulu Officials
By News Release @ 12:15 AM :: 2969 Views :: Ethics, Police

"...For these accused felons to have taken money budgeted to hire more police officers and use it to pay off a failed former police chief is sickening...."

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022
How Many Legislators Were Partying With Sharon Har During COVID Shutdown?
By Andrew Walden @ 2:29 PM :: 7912 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary, Law Enforcement

... Alm’s subpoena of credit card records and video from the AnyPlace Lounge in Rep Sharon Har’s recently-dismissed DUI case ....

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Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Lobbyists Welcome--But Legislature will Continue to Exclude Public
By News Release @ 4:25 PM :: 1866 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... “The decision to keep the building closed ... was made to minimize the spread of COVID-19 among members, staff, visitors (ie lobbyists and other insiders), and other building occupants (ie lobbyists and other insiders). The building status will be reevaluated in the coming weeks (ie after the session is over)” ....

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022
New Ethics Comm Exec Director a Pro-Rail Corporate Lawyer and Lobbyist
By News Release @ 4:19 AM :: 2736 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Rail

... Ethics Commission Chair Melinda Wood stated: “Mr. Harris has the right mix of public policy, litigation, and managerial experience to excel in this role." ....

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Monday, January 3, 2022
Hawaii could be more transparent about CARES Act spending, report says
By Selected News Articles @ 5:22 PM :: 2111 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Hawaii’s website falls short of breaking down what money was spent on beyond the vague spending category descriptions, which leave a lot of gray area ....

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Friday, December 31, 2021
A clear abuse of power: Auditor Rips Legislators 'Nonsense attempt to conjure up malfeasance'
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:22 AM :: 2435 Views :: Ethics

... Whether the committee ultimately steps back from its excursion beyond the bounds of its legally authorized investigation remains to be seen; that will depend on the committee’s final report ....

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Friday, December 31, 2021
Ige's Latest COVID Emergency Proclamation Does Only One Thing: Suspend Part of Sunshine Law
By News Release @ 1:27 AM :: 2683 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Ige has signed an emergency proclamation temporarily suspending an upcoming provision in Hawaiʻi’s Sunshine Law that would have mandated at least one in-person location be held for public meetings ....

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Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Nine Years After Katherine Kealoha's Bungled Prosecution, Supreme Court Orders Return of Alleged Gambling Machines
By Robert Thomas @ 1:26 AM :: 2684 Views :: Ethics, Gambling

... Police Corruption Scandals Revenge for Gambling Prosecutions? ....

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Hawaii Ethics and Audit Function at Lowest Level in Years
By Andrew Walden @ 3:41 AM :: 4920 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Kauai County, Maui County, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... This proves there is much more corruption to be ferreted out--and the crooks know it ....

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Sunday, December 12, 2021
Former University of Guam Professor Sentenced in Bid-Rigging Scheme
By News Release @ 7:15 PM :: 2294 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education, Military

... produced fictitious bids in order to make the procurement process appear legitimate ....

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Ethics: Officials Quietly form Non-Profit to Contract with their Department
By News Release @ 1:38 AM :: 2928 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The Agency employs the relevant employees at state-run facilities. Recently, it has allowed some employees to become employees of the Non-Profit, which can offer additional benefits beyond those typically offered to state employees ....

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Sunday, December 5, 2021
OHA Report: Graft is ‘Courageous and Commendable’
By Andrew Walden @ 3:50 AM :: 3493 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics, OHA

... OHA is seeking a new ‘Auditor’ willing to generate a report that will condemn the CLA Audit as “inflammatory statements” and “lies” ....

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021
How Ige's Latest COVID Emergency Proclamation Affects Sunshine Law
By News Release @ 10:20 PM :: 1980 Views :: Ethics

... Exhibit C of the latest Proclamation suspends the Sunshine Law to enable boards to conduct meetings without any members of the boards or the public physically present in the same location ....

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021
One Year After $4M Insider Cacao Loss--KS to 'Invest' in More Food-Related Schemes
By News Release @ 11:10 PM :: 2283 Views :: Ethics, Agriculture

... 2020: Insider Cacao Scheme: KSBE out $4M -- but OHA Dodges Bullet ....

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Is This the End for Gut and Replace?
By Video @ 3:44 AM :: 2232 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Court Strikes Down ‘Gut and Replace’ -- Legal Expert Robert Thomas Weighs in ....

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Monday, November 22, 2021
Ethics: UH Administrator Finds $9,592.53 in a Forgotten Bank Account
By News Release @ 8:46 PM :: 2943 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education

... guess what happens next .... 

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Sunday, November 14, 2021
NOT the End of Gut-n-Replace
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2384 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... A person challenging a bill still needs to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the bill is unconstitutional.  And remember, it took a 3-2 vote to hold that recidivism and hurricane shelters are unrelated ....

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Friday, November 12, 2021
‘Community Based Energy’: $27.5M in GEMS for Hawaii Democratic Party Officials, Maui Councilmember
By Andrew Walden @ 8:20 PM :: 5065 Views :: Democratic Party, Maui County, Energy, Ethics

... To fund this insider giveaway, the HGIA board voted to take away $2.5M set aside for low and middle income households and $5M set aside for multi-family projects ....

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Thursday, November 11, 2021
Hawaii Supreme Court Guts-And-Replaces The Legislature's "Gut-And-Replace" Switcheroo
By Robert Thomas @ 8:01 PM :: 2251 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... a well-functioning republic presumes that those tasked with vigilance -- the public -- have the opportunity to understand the substance of what those whom we elect to represent us are actually doing ....

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Sunday, November 7, 2021
Good riddance to ‘gut and replace’
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:23 PM :: 2091 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Grassroot Institute submitted an amicus curiae brief in support of the plaintiffs, arguing that the practice was eroding public trust in government and short-circuiting the democratic process ....

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Thursday, November 4, 2021
"Gut and Replace" Held Unconstitutional  
By News Release @ 9:38 PM :: 2514 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The Hawaii Supreme Court, in a 3-2 decision, dealt a serious blow to the Legislature’s “gut and replace” tactic ....

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Thursday, November 4, 2021
Former Maui Police Officer Receives 30 Months in Prison for Soliciting Sexual Relationship for Official Acts
By News Release @ 3:21 AM :: 2686 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Police

... he engaged in a bribery scheme wherein he solicited a sexual relationship with a female motorist in exchange for an official act as an MPD officer ....

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Sunday, October 31, 2021
The Perils of Being a Watch Doggie
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 3271 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, OHA

... The story you are about to read is true.  The names have not been changed to protect the innocent .... 

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Sunday, October 17, 2021
Panorama: Hawaii DoE Paying Zuckerberg Company to Collect Data on Students
By Andrew Walden @ 10:32 PM :: 6115 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

... Panorama’s ‘Social Emotional Learning Survey’ is a veritable roadmap to manipulate their minds via social media ....

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Saturday, October 16, 2021
Six Sovereignty Scammers Could Get 10 years Prison
By News Release @ 3:23 AM :: 3894 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

... all connected to Keanu Sai collaborator Rose Dradi .... 

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Thursday, October 14, 2021
COVID Money: Stacy Higa Pleads Guilty to Bribery and Embezzlement
By News Release @ 2:35 AM :: 3490 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, COVID-19

... Former Hawaii Public Official Pleads Guilty to Embezzling from AmeriCorps and Offering a Bribe in Return for CARES Act Grants ....

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021
DHHL: Al Hee’s Actions Represent ‘clear and present danger’
By Andrew Walden @ 9:10 PM :: 3433 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, Police

... Sandwich Isles Communications has Publicly Stated that the Dispute with Hawaiian Tel will Affect Services ....

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Sunday, October 10, 2021
HART Makes Up Its Voting Rules
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 3119 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes, Tourism

... The memo concludes that the State did not have the power under the Hawaii Constitution to provide for four extra HART board members.  Thus, we can basically ignore the extra folks and conduct business as if they weren’t around ....

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Outsider Chosen as Maui PD Chief
By News Release @ 6:23 AM :: 2573 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Police

... the vote was unanimous for Las Vegas PD Cap't John Pelletier ....

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Thursday, September 30, 2021
DHHL Legislative Proposals Include Gambling, Secret Rulemaking
By News Release @ 7:43 AM :: 2951 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, Gambling

"... to issue interim rules which shall be exempt from the public notice, public hearing, and gubernatorial approval requirements of Chapter 91...."

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Big Win for Mafia: Biden Appoints AG Connors US Attorney
By News Release @ 4:09 PM :: 4543 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Law Enforcement

... As AG, Connors did zero for the manifold corruption and mafia cases rocking Hawaii’s political establishment.  That's why Schatz and Hirono recommended her .... 

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021
EEOC Sues Suisan Company, Ltd for Racial Harassment and Retaliation
By News Release @ 5:16 AM :: 2717 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Labor

... Food Distributor Condoned Racial Harassment and Retaliated Against African American Employee for Complaining, Federal Agency Charges ....

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Hawaii’s Big Government Bureaucracy; How Red Tape Threatens the Individual
By Video @ 3:45 AM :: 2651 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

... Hawaii government bureaucracy often it serves itself instead of the public ....

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Monday, September 27, 2021
Kauai County: Supervisors on FlexTime, Employees Moonlighting
By News Release @ 4:29 AM :: 3089 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics, Labor

... the fact that a SWD employee was allowed to moonlight in another county job was a reason for this audit ....

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Monday, September 27, 2021
Friends and Family Plan: How Education Consultant 'Earns' $25K
By News Release @ 4:02 AM :: 2360 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

... State Public Charter School Commission Employee: Gifts; Gifts Disclosure Statements; Fair Treatment ....

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Sunday, September 19, 2021
OHA Check Register: Complete List of Who Gets Paid FY2020-21
By Andrew Walden @ 8:38 PM :: 3670 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... This is the second fiscal year after the departure of former OHA CEO Kamana’o Crabbe.  Is the cash still flowing to insiders?  See for yourself ....

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Monday, September 6, 2021
Ethics Commission to Replace Dan Gluck
By Andrew Walden @ 9:47 PM :: 2554 Views :: Ethics

“The Hawai‘i State Ethics Commission is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director.”

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Thursday, September 2, 2021
Akina: OHA is Becoming More Accountable in How It Gives Out Money
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:21 PM :: 2694 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... How effective were our reform efforts? Well, I am pleased to say that one of the first report cards has just arrived ....

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Friday, August 27, 2021
Sweet Deal for Maui Developer--DHHL Affordable Housing Credits
By Andrew Walden @ 6:49 PM :: 5126 Views :: DHHL, Maui County, Ethics

... the affordable housing credits paid to Dowling are worth $1.4M to $20.6M over and above DHHL’s $10.8M parcel valuation ....

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Friday, August 27, 2021
Poisoning of People
By Joni Kamiya @ 4:11 PM :: 4717 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, GMOs, COVID-19

... I have to laugh because they mocked me as being sheep but, uh, they are the ones taking enough of a toxic substance made for sheep! ....

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Friday, August 27, 2021
COVID Quackery: Medical Board Files Complaint Against Pang After Legislators Demand Firing
By News Release @ 6:34 AM :: 3729 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, COVID-19

... Hawaii feed stores seeing spike in Ivermectin sales--One Person Poisoned ....

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Thursday, August 26, 2021
Secret Arbitration Revealed: How DPS Official Kept Crooked Cop On The Job After FBI Raid
By Selected News Articles @ 2:42 PM :: 10495 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Labor, Police

... top Corrections Official was Secret Arbitrator keeping mafia-connected HPD officers on the job ....

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Sunday, August 22, 2021
Trustee: Criminal Al Hee Rakes in $15M While on Parole
By Selected News Articles @ 5:51 AM :: 5056 Views :: DHHL, Ethics

... SIC allowed third-party telecommunication carriers to use the Paniolo Cable Network without permission, without compensation to Paniolo and in violation of the Settlement Agreement ....

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Monday, August 16, 2021
How Unemployment Insurance Fraud Exploded During the Pandemic
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 AM :: 3919 Views :: Ethics, Labor, COVID-19

... what may turn out to be the biggest fraud wave in U.S. history ....

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Sunday, August 15, 2021
Three Years Later: Auditor Reviews OHA Compliance
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:33 PM :: 2289 Views :: Ethics, OHA

"We found the Office of Hawaiian Affairs has implemented 10 and partially implemented 1 of the 11 recommendations made in our report...."

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Saturday, August 14, 2021
Open-records law restored, but transparency still needed
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:10 AM :: 2671 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, COVID-19

... It’s been about 525 days since the first lockdown began ....

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Saturday, August 7, 2021
Ige Lifts Suspension Of Hawaii’s Open Government Laws
By News Release @ 12:48 AM :: 3189 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

... Consequently, the UIPA and all its deadlines are back in full effect.  As OIP has advised agencies all along, it will be disinclined to grant any further extensions in pending UIPA and Sunshine Law appeals filed with OIP ....

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Monday, August 2, 2021
Ethics: DOCARE Officers Fix Personal Vehicle During Work Hours
By News Release @ 8:41 PM :: 2598 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

... the repairs took several hours and occurred during state business hours and on state property ....

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Sunday, August 1, 2021
Too Many Red Flags to Ignore: OHA Must Follow Up on the CLA Report
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:44 PM :: 9670 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... I do not believe OHA Administration’s implementation plan satisfies the directive given to OHA via Act 29 ....

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