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Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Audit: Maui County Zoning ‘Heavily Politicized’
By News Release @ 2:50 AM :: 256 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development

... ZAED lost the majority of its supervisory personnel in 2021, and only one has been filled as of January 2022 ....

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Sunday, August 7, 2022
HSTA Forced to Stop Enrolling Hawaii Teachers in Illegal For-Profit Education Scheme
By Andrew Walden @ 12:45 AM :: 1571 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Higher Education, Labor

... According the a July 18, 2022 letter from the US Department of Education, EGCC was illegally looting Pell Grant money to provide ‘free’ tuition ....

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Psychics and Recreational Drugs: SEC Charges Hawaii SemiSub with Fraud
By News Release @ 11:35 PM :: 760 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement, Tourism

... defendants misappropriated a significant portion of the funds to pay for psychics and recreational drugs ....

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Friday, July 29, 2022
27 Candidates Fail to File Financial Disclosures
By News Release @ 11:53 PM :: 1141 Views :: Ethics, Office of Elections, Politicians

... information about a candidate’s sources of income; business ownership interests; officer or director positions in businesses; debts; real property interests; clients represented before state agencies; and creditor interests in an insolvent business ....

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Thursday, July 28, 2022
Confucius Institutes Rebrand to Circumvent U.S. Policy, Report Finds
By News Release @ 8:08 PM :: 882 Views :: Ethics, World News, First Amendment, Higher Education

... The University of Hawaii Manoa invited at least two CI staff to remain on campus ....

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Thursday, July 28, 2022
VIDEO: Cayetano, Kahele Hold Joint Press Conference to Question Green Finances
By Video @ 4:35 AM :: 856 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Politicians, COVID-19

... Where did this money come from? ....

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Monday, July 25, 2022
Four Charged in Big Island Affordable Housing Corruption Scheme
By News Release @ 9:31 PM :: 1398 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Development

... the indictment alleges Rudo solicited and accepted multiple bribes and kickbacks from Sulla, Zamber and Budhabhatti ....

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Wednesday, July 20, 2022
ERS Hides $96.75M of So-Called ‘Tech’ Investments--Losses Begin to Mount
By Andrew Walden @ 9:30 PM :: 1490 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Tax Credits

... Taxpayer losses are in the billions.  Now they are grabbing for public employees’ retirement fund.  How much will retirees lose? ....

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Army Conducts Review of Facility Use by Political Entities
By News Release @ 11:51 PM :: 703 Views :: Ethics, Military, Politicians

... District 21 incumbent state Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, District 44 incumbent state Rep. Cedric Gates and District 44 challenger Darius Kila ....

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Saturday, July 16, 2022
Bishop Museum Board: "Frustration, stress, and fear"
By News Release @ 3:32 PM :: 1763 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii History

... A number of talented staff have left the museum in recent months, many citing a toxic work environment ....

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022
DBEDT: More Taxpayer Money Going to High Tech Schemers
By News Release @ 4:23 AM :: 572 Views :: Ethics, Small Business

... Hawai‘i Small Business Capital Program (HI-CAP) Collateral Support Program, designed to assist borrowers in obtaining financing that might otherwise be unavailable due to a collateral shortfall ....

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Monday, July 11, 2022
Three Former Hawaii Correctional Officers Convicted of Assaulting Inmate and Attempting Cover Up
By News Release @ 5:45 PM :: 658 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Law Enforcement

... Over the course of two minutes, the defendants punched and kicked the inmate in the head and body while he was lying face-down in a pool of his own blood. The inmate suffered a broken nose, jaw and eye socket ....

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Former Hawaii Senate Majority Leader and Cocaine Dealer Sentenced to 40 Months in Federal Prison
By News Release @ 12:15 PM :: 1618 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... tip of the iceberg ....

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Bodycam Video Rep Matt LoPresti DUI Arrest
By Video @ 12:02 PM :: 1112 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement, Politicians

... Bodycam video of Matt Lopresti getting arested for DUI (again) ....

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Sunday, July 3, 2022
Ige right to veto bill OK’d via ‘gut and replace’
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:51 PM :: 714 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

... HB 1147 originally started out as a capital improvements project bill in 2021, but this year lawmakers removed the projects and replaced them with operating appropriations for HTA ....

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Friday, July 1, 2022
Ethics: Honolulu City Board Member Refuses to File Financial Disclosure
By News Release @ 9:47 PM :: 1130 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

... the Commission hereby recommends to the Board Member’s Appointing Authority that the Board Member should be removed from the Board ....

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022
He Owned the Land for Just a Day, But Received 212 Credits from County
By Selected News Articles @ 10:21 PM :: 1796 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Development, Land Use, Tax Credits

“...Rajesh Budhabhatti is a subject of a public corruption/wire fraud case....”

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Friday, June 17, 2022
Bribery: Kaneshiro, Mitsunaga Arrested by FBI
By Selected News Articles @ 4:48 PM :: 2953 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Law Enforcement

... Kaneshiro was on paid leave for two years ....

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Secret Swearing in for Joe Logan Designed to Head Off New Questions About Special Treatment
By Andrew Walden @ 3:04 AM :: 908 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police

... is the protection of ‘FOP’ (friends and family of the police) so ingrained in the force that they need not hear directly from Joe Logan to know that they should let his meth addict son off the hook again and again? ....

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Thursday, June 9, 2022
Volta Securities Fraud: Did Latest Hawaii High Tech Fail Take a Bite out of ERS?
By Andrew Walden @ 10:05 PM :: 914 Views :: Ethics, Tax Credits

... Securities fraud, insider trading, $26.7 M in hidden executive stock awards?  Yes.  Hawaii’s high-tech tax credit schemers are at it again ....

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Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Cocaine News Update: Is Council District 2 Reserved for Crime Families?
By Andrew Walden @ 11:41 PM :: 5299 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Politicians, Drugs

... Council Dist 2: Makua Rothman vs convicted cocaine dealer Chad Tsuneyoshi ....

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Saturday, June 4, 2022
Hawaii Mission Academy Sued Over ‘White Privilege’ Attack on Hapa Girl
By Andrew Walden @ 11:22 PM :: 2693 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

... How much money will Hawaii private school boards be willing to pay lawyers for the ‘privilege’ of pushing this latest pseudo-intellectual academic fad on their students? ....

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Thursday, June 2, 2022
Republicans Reject Biden Nominee for Hawaii US Marshall
By News Release @ 3:00 PM :: 1769 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Republican Party

... “Symbolic of Widespread Corruption in Hawaii” ....

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Saturday, May 28, 2022
Audit: 'No Limits' to HPD Overtime
By News Release @ 7:37 PM :: 882 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police

... overtime cards, which document overtime requests and approval for payroll purposes, are managed manually, increasing the risk for human error, abuse, and fraud ....

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Monday, May 23, 2022
Ige Appoints Two to Ethics Commission
By News Release @ 9:54 PM :: 558 Views :: Ethics

... Governor David Ige re-appointed Wesley Fong to a new four-year term on the Hawai‘i State Ethics Commission, and appointed Dr. Robert Hong to fill a seat soon to be vacated by outgoing Commissioner Melinda Wood ....

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Saturday, May 14, 2022
Joe Negeuse Appointed to Represent Hawaii Congressional District 2
By Andrew Walden @ 10:22 PM :: 1856 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation

... According to an on-line biography, “Neguse and his wife Andrea live in Lafayette, CO, where they are raising their young daughter, Natalie.” ....

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Friday, May 13, 2022
After Bribery Convictions, Legislators Tout Ethics Reforms
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 691 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Office of Elections

... 8 of the 14 bills identified by Commission were adopted by 2022 Legislature ....

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Monday, May 9, 2022
14 'Good Government' Bills Heading to Governor
By Selected News Articles @ 3:42 PM :: 668 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Common Cause Hawaii 2022 Legislative Wrap-Up ....

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Sunday, May 8, 2022
UIPA and Sunshine Bills Passed in 2022 Legislative Session
By News Release @ 4:00 AM :: 908 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

... The Hawaii State Legislature has passed the following bills and resolution concerning the Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA) and Sunshine Law ....

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Saturday, May 7, 2022
Mafia News: Kahele Admits he was Picked for State Senate by Malu Motta’s Best Friend
By Video @ 11:59 PM :: 10157 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Hawaii History

... Kahele was picked for the Senate by the best friend of a double murderer.  A bribery convict helped him "transition to the State Senate", a friend of Katherine Kealoha works for him, and Honolulu's unindicted mayor made way for his Gubernatorial campaign ....

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Saturday, May 7, 2022
Audit: Caldwell Admin Signed off on ‘Deficient’ Building Permits for Three Years
By Andrew Walden @ 10:06 PM :: 1863 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... Is there a public safety hazard?  DPP’s Michael Silva can’t say ....

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Thursday, May 5, 2022
Auditor Witch Hunt Over: House Investigators Don't Bother Writing Final Report
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:23 PM :: 1128 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... the draft report upon which our comments were based was missing findings, had numerous placeholders, and was missing complete sections altogether ....

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Monday, May 2, 2022
Money Laundering: Feds Begin Targeting Sister Isle Real Estate Purchases
By News Release @ 6:04 PM :: 1644 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

"... to provide valuable data on the purchase of residential real estate by persons possibly involved in various illicit enterprises ...."

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Sunday, May 1, 2022
Archegos -Theranos - Honolulu Rail: The Price of Lying
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:14 PM :: 1347 Views :: Ethics, Rail

... What do these three multi billion dollar failures have in common? ....

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Saturday, April 23, 2022
OHA LLCs Funnel Dollars to COO, Individuals, Lawfirm
By Andrew Walden @ 9:45 PM :: 1678 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... OHA LLCs make hundreds of payments to Amazon, Best Buy, Home Depot and other retail outlets and hundreds of payments directly to named individuals ....

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Saturday, April 23, 2022
‘Deliberative process’ loophole would encourage secrecy
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:44 AM :: 680 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

... a statutory exemption to Hawaii’s open records law ....

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Saturday, April 23, 2022
Kaimuki HS Grad Pleads Guilty to Trumpster Fraud
By News Release @ 3:31 AM :: 890 Views :: Ethics, Republican Party

... Two Leaders Of ‘We Build The Wall’ Online Fundraising Campaign Plead Guilty To Defrauding Hundreds Of Thousands Of Donors ....

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Thursday, April 21, 2022
Jury Convicts Katherine Kealoha's Drug-Dealing Brother
By News Release @ 4:42 AM :: 1184 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Ethics, Drugs

... Federal Jury Convicts Big Island Pain Doctor Rudolph B. Puana of Conspiracy and Distribution of Oxycodone and Fentanyl ....

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Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Ethics Complaint Nails Kahele
By Selected News Articles @ 3:25 PM :: 1102 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation

... Kahele is cosponsoring legislation and taking action as a committee member that directly affects his outside employer, which is further evidenced by Hawaiian Airlines lobbying on the bills Kahele cosponsored ....

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Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Hawaii Banks Charging More Than Payday Lenders for Small Loans
By Selected News Articles @ 3:38 PM :: 858 Views :: Ethics, Cost of Living

... FDIC-supervised institutions’ prices equal or surpass payday lenders’ in Hawaii ....

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Monday, April 18, 2022
SB2070: $50M for ‘thinly veiled scam’?
By Andrew Walden @ 11:02 PM :: 1473 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Agriculture

... When a couple of penny-stock touts, one of whom is listed in the Panama Papers, team up to sell timber futures and carbon credits what does the Legislature do? ....

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Saturday, April 16, 2022
Will Legislators loan $50M to a drunken rave promoter?
By Andrew Walden @ 8:01 PM :: 2195 Views :: Ethics

... Karamatsu Bonds have been a legislative perennial ever since he got two DUI’s while spiraling down from Vice Speaker of the House to working in Keith Kaneshiro’s corruption-riddled Honolulu Prosecutor’s office and promoting rave parties ....

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Audit: DHS Skipping Criminal Background Checks on Foster Parents
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 12:59 AM :: 1244 Views :: Ethics, Family, Law Enforcement

... auditors found 20% of case files where the state, FBI, and/or child abuse and neglect clearances were missing ....

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Monday, April 11, 2022
DPP Scandal Spreads to Liquor Commission?
By Andrew Walden @ 5:18 AM :: 2561 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

... On March 7, 2022, Co-Vice Chair of Honolulu Liquor Commission, Darren Y Lee, resigned ‘effective immediately’ .... 

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Saturday, April 9, 2022
Auditor Persecution Continues
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1083 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

... DLNR Land Division failed to bill/collect the proper base rents for the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel lease and failed to collect over $500,000 ....

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Saturday, April 2, 2022
Security Guards Checking ID of Capitol Visitors
By News Release @ 12:32 AM :: 801 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... New procedures have been put in place to access the Capitol building ....

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Friday, April 1, 2022
Annual Report: UIPA Requests for FY2021
By News Release @ 11:30 PM :: 551 Views :: Ethics

... The biggest change during the pandemic came in the number of routine requests estimated by the agencies ....

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Friday, April 1, 2022
Akina: Success of OHA’s Grants Program is a Strong Reason to Increase OHA’s PLT Share
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:22 PM :: 887 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... there had been serious concerns over the integrity of the program, including concerns over favoritism ....

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Thursday, March 31, 2022
Corruption Reforms: What They Left Out
By Andrew Walden @ 11:51 PM :: 958 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The purpose of the Commission is to dissipate reform energy in order to preserve the status quo. ... 

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Former OHA Aide Pleads Guilty to $1.2 Million Fraud and Money Laundering
By News Release @ 4:53 PM :: 1254 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Small Business

... Harleman faces up to 20 years imprisonment on each of the wire fraud counts and up to 10 years imprisonment on each of the money laundering counts, as well as a fine of up to $250,000 on each count, plus a term of supervised release up to three years ....

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