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Wednesday, April 3, 2024
The Secret History of the Mercado Kim Crime Family
By Andrew Walden @ 9:48 PM :: 7310 Views :: Ethics, Gambling, Hawaii History, Police, Politicians, Drugs

... Mercado Kim's uncle, John Sayin Kim, became Godfather of Hawaii organized crime after the explosion of his Cadillac Eldorado in Chinatown ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Feds Obtain More Than $1.9 Million in Forfeitures from Hawaii Illegal Gambling Operations
By News Release @ 2:13 PM :: 1216 Views :: Gambling

... Both the Paula Drive forfeiture action and the 2019 action resulted from a joint criminal and civil investigation into an illegal gambling business operating at least nine illegal game rooms ....

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Thursday, November 16, 2023
Waianae: Feds Arrest Six for Cockfighting, Gamerooms, Meth
By News Release @ 1:39 PM :: 2870 Views :: Gambling, Drugs

... According to the Criminal Complaint, on three occasions in July 2021, Edward Caspino distributed approximately one pound of methamphetamine to an individual working with federal law enforcement ....

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Monday, November 13, 2023
Gun Violence: Westside Legislators Push Back Against Grace, Fevella
By News Release @ 5:39 PM :: 3049 Views :: Honolulu County, Gambling, Law Enforcement, Second Amendment

"We are disappointed that one of our colleagues has chosen to align themselves with a group of people promoting hate and bullying."

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Saturday, November 19, 2022
Case for reinstating cockfighting on the Northern Mariana Islands dismissed
By Court House News @ 5:12 PM :: 1734 Views :: Gambling, Law Enforcement

... Andrew Salas, a former member of the House of Representatives and former Secretary of Commerce for the NMI, first filed the suit ....

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Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Hawaii Christian Coalition Targets Republicans who Support Abortion and Marijuana
By News Release @ 6:04 PM :: 2881 Views :: Gambling, Life, Republican Party, Drugs

"Republican Candidates who do NOT support all of our Family Values"

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Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Feds Bust Gambling, Drug Ring Operating on Maui, Oahu
By News Release @ 1:08 PM :: 1892 Views :: Gambling, Drugs

... once again the Feds doing the job the State won't do ....

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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 :: 2680 Views :: Ethics, Gambling

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

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Thursday, September 30, 2021
DHHL Legislative Proposals Include Gambling, Secret Rulemaking
By News Release @ 7:43 AM :: 2949 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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Monday, July 26, 2021
Mismanagement? DHHL vs Fevella
By News Release @ 11:57 PM :: 2863 Views :: DHHL, Gambling

... "They never needed the money, they wanted a casino," said Senator Kurt Fevella ....

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Friday, July 9, 2021
Police Corruption Scandals Revenge for Gambling Prosecutions?
By Andrew Walden @ 11:14 PM :: 10334 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Ethics, Gambling, Police

... What part of ‘mutually assured destruction’ did they not understand? ....

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Thursday, June 17, 2021
Cockfighting Arrests on Molokai - The investigation and arrests were long in coming
By Video @ 11:13 PM :: 3232 Views :: Maui County, Gambling, Law Enforcement

... Police reported seizing more than $160,000 in cash, along with gambling ledgers and paraphernalia, from an illegal cockfighting derby attended by 300 to 400 people last month on Molokai ....

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Thursday, May 27, 2021
DoJ: Steve Wynn Has to Register as Chinese Foreign Agent After Dealing with Hawaii’s Lum Crime Family
By Selected News Articles @ 5:44 PM :: 4722 Views :: Ethics, Gambling, Republican Party

... Nickie Lum Davis pleaded guilty last year to aiding and abetting FARA violations in connection with the work ....

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Hawaii Most Gambling Arrests Per Capita
By Selected News Articles @ 8:29 PM :: 3245 Views :: Gambling, Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement

... and Hawaii is #2 for gambling addiction treatment ....

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021
DHHL: Our Beneficiaries Do Not Support Proposed Gaming Legislation
By News Release @ 7:42 PM :: 2622 Views :: DHHL, Gambling

"DHHL analyzed beneficiary responses to find that there was no beneficiary consensus either in favor or against the legislative proposal."

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021
UHERO: History of Gambling Bills Since Statehood
By UHERO @ 7:22 PM :: 3090 Views :: DHHL, Gambling

... The number of gambling measures introduced in the legislature rose whenever the state government encountered money problems ....

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Saturday, February 20, 2021
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 5:10 PM :: 3942 Views :: Gambling, Life, Drugs

... drugs, gambling, abortion ....

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Thursday, February 18, 2021
SB1321: DHHL Mourns Death of Casino Bill
By News Release @ 11:28 PM :: 3040 Views :: DHHL, Gambling

... Last week we saw a glimmer of hope ....

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Saturday, February 13, 2021
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 7:58 PM :: 2793 Views :: Gambling, Life

... Lottery, Casino, Suicide ....

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Friday, February 12, 2021
Tax Frenzy at the Legislature - No one's wallet is safe!
By Video @ 3:03 AM :: 4283 Views :: DHHL, Energy, Gambling, Taxes, Tourism

... tax-related bills pending at the Legislature, including legalizing gambling, new conveyance taxes, new rental vehicle taxes, new carbon taxes, new proposed constitutional amendment ....

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Thursday, February 11, 2021
What Screw-up has DHHL Made?
By Video @ 2:12 AM :: 4267 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, Gambling, OHA

... They Only Had To Look At OHA To See What A Failure It Would Be ....

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Sunday, February 7, 2021
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 4:20 PM :: 2908 Views :: Gambling, Life

... abortion, gambling and suicide on legislative agenda ....

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Saturday, February 6, 2021
DHHL: 'We Already Have Casinos'
By News Release @ 2:55 AM :: 3448 Views :: Honolulu County, DHHL, Gambling

"... We recognize that there has been a rise in the number of game rooms being operated on our lands ...."

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Report: Gambling With Women’s Safety
By News Release @ 2:02 AM :: 2647 Views :: DHHL, Gambling

... a report that forecasts impacts of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands proposed resort-casino on women and gender diverse people ....

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Friday, January 22, 2021
DHHL Opens Public Comments Period for Gambling Proposal
By News Release @ 12:55 AM :: 2626 Views :: DHHL, Gambling

... The comment period ends on February 19, 2021 .... 

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Sunday, January 3, 2021
Gaming on Hawaiian Homelands
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3300 Views :: DHHL, Gambling

... possible unintended consequences ....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Why the Kapolei Casino is a Trojan Horse
By Video @ 9:52 PM :: 4376 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, Gambling

... It Will Help Usher Something Else In Thatʻs Even Worse ....

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Thursday, December 24, 2020
DHHL Casino: Beneficiary Consultations Scheduled
By News Release @ 11:58 PM :: 3012 Views :: DHHL, Gambling

... DHHL will host the virtual meetings through an online portal on Monday, January 18 at 6 p.m. and on Tuesday, January 19 at 12 p.m. Members of the Kapolei homestead communities will be briefed ahead of the statewide meeting ....

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Thursday, December 24, 2020
DHHL Casino Proposal Rushed Reaction to Waitlist Reporting
By Selected News Articles @ 5:32 PM :: 3186 Views :: DHHL, Gambling

... Reality: A casino is 'in the box', not 'out of the box' ....

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Divided Hawaiian Homes Commission Forwards Gambling Bill To The Governor
By News Release @ 2:06 AM :: 2717 Views :: DHHL, Gambling

... Commissioners Randy Awo, Zachary Helm, David Kaapu and Patty Kahanamoku-Teruya voted “no.” The “aye” votes included Aila, Russell Kaupu, Pauline Namu‘o, Dennis Neves and Michael Kaleikini ....

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Monday, December 21, 2020
Sen Fevella to Lead Protest Rally as DHHL Tries to Justify Casino Proposal
By News Release @ 9:36 PM :: 3754 Views :: DHHL, Gambling

...Peaceful demonstrations will begin at 9:00am ahead of the of Hawaiian Homes Commission meeting that is scheduled for 9:30am....

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Racketeering Indictments for Saipan Casino Operators
By News Release @ 6:25 PM :: 3148 Views :: Gambling, Law Enforcement

...Three executives from Imperial Pacific International (IPI) and MCC International Saipan have been indicted on federal criminal charges, including Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) conspiracy, harboring illegal aliens, unlawful employment of aliens, and international promotional money laundering....

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Saturday, January 25, 2020
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 6:28 PM :: 5232 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Gambling, Life

...January 23rd - Bill Introduction Cutoff Last day for a bill to be filed with the House or Senate Clerk....

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Supreme Court Overturns Federal Sports Betting Ban--May Lead to Legislation in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:37 AM :: 3916 Views :: Gambling

...Supreme Court ruling could lead to sports gambling bills in Hawaii Legislature....

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Hawaii Most Gambling-Related Arrests per Capita
By Selected News Articles @ 12:20 PM :: 4963 Views :: Gambling, Hawaii Statistics

...5th highest proportion of adults with ‘Gambling Problem’....

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Friday, March 2, 2018
If Game Makers Don’t Address Loot Crates, Lawmakers Will
By Selected News Articles @ 2:42 PM :: 5270 Views :: Gambling, Hawaii State Government

...The ESRB’s decision to label video games with paid add-ons essentially does nothing to address the complaint that loot boxes are akin to gambling....

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Sunday, December 17, 2017
Gamers of the World Unite: You have nothing to lose but your micro-transactions
By Tom Yamachika @ 12:17 PM :: 4236 Views :: Gambling

...looking to introduce legislation to combat predatory practices by game publishers. He called Star Wars: Battlefront II, an “online casino...."

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Hawaii Launches Investigation Into EA Over Gambling Concerns
By Video @ 1:19 PM :: 4737 Views :: Gambling

...“Star Wars: Battlefront II” and EA more broadly have received a deluge of criticism for micro-transactions, or purchases made in-game with real-world money....

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Friday, March 10, 2017
Judge rules in city’s favor on gambling device seizures
By News Release @ 4:28 AM :: 6688 Views :: Honolulu County, Gambling, Law Enforcement

The Ninth Circuit rejected the appeal by the arcade owners and affirmed United States District Court Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi’s April 30, 2014 ruling....

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Monday, October 31, 2016
HPD Shares Payoff from $670M Gambling Bust
By News Release @ 5:01 PM :: 7364 Views :: Gambling, Police

...between 2005 and 2012, the illegal operation, established by Allen Yamada and led by Felix Tom, placed gross wagers totaling over approximately $670 million through internet websites....

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Problem Gambling? Hawaii 2nd-Worst in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 5:59 PM :: 10304 Views :: Gambling, Hawaii Statistics

...second in problem gambling treatment....

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016
State Revenues From Gambling: Short-Term Relief, Long-Term Disappointment
By News Release @ 3:40 PM :: 4796 Views :: Gambling

Rockefeller Institute Blinken Report: Gambling Not a Solution to State Revenue Woes....

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
DraftKings Quitting Hawaii After Prosecutor Issues Cease-and-Desist Letter
By News Release @ 5:15 PM :: 8420 Views :: Honolulu County, Gambling, Law Enforcement

...the company was hopeful about the prospects of a bill in the Hawaii legislature....

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Sunday, January 31, 2016
Complete List of 2016 Gambling Bills
By News Release @ 7:46 PM :: 5461 Views :: Gambling

...From Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling....

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Sunday, January 31, 2016
Gambling on a Hawaiian Tribe
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 9106 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, Gambling, OHA

...allowing a lottery in Hawaii could open the door to other things....

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Sunday, March 8, 2015
Pay Your Money and Take Your Chances!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 6130 Views :: Gambling, Taxes

In Hawaii a number of us are fascinated with gambling....

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Sunday, January 4, 2015
Lottery as the Most Practical Path to Wealth?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 5869 Views :: Gambling, Taxes

...In 2005, a survey asked a sample of 1,000 adult Americans what would be the most practical way for them to accumulate several hundred thousand dollars....

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Saturday, November 1, 2014
VIDEO: Galuteria Talks Up Casinos for Hawaii Tribal Reservation
By Video @ 6:11 AM :: 10898 Views :: Akaka Bill, Development, Gambling, OHA, Tourism

To Galuteria, gambling on Native American land offers "a lot of great models" that "the Hawaiians can follow" ....

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Leader of Internet Gambling Operation Sentenced to Prison
By News Release @ 2:30 PM :: 7228 Views :: Gambling, Law Enforcement

Felix Gee Wan Tom, age 40, of Honolulu, was sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge Susan Oki Mollway....

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Thursday, August 8, 2013
Kona Resident Sentenced to 20 Months in Prison for Operating Illegal Gambling Business
By News Release @ 9:26 PM :: 981 Views :: Gambling

... Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi sentenced Eric Ford, age 45, to 20 months in prison today ....

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