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Sunday, November 29, 2020
OHA Check Register: First Year After Crabbe--Insiders Still Rake in Millions
By Andrew Walden @ 4:03 AM :: 809 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... 1,262 checks totaling $21,085,583.58 ....

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Ethics: HDoT Employee hard at Work--on his own yard
By News Release @ 11:36 PM :: 426 Views :: Ethics

... these violators were busted and complaint settled within 17 days ....

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Sunday, November 22, 2020
OHA: A Tale of Two Audits
By Andrew Walden @ 7:06 PM :: 596 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...The net result: Keep the cash flowing to the usual insiders....

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Sunday, November 22, 2020
​Standardless Spending, Part 2?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 404 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...B&F basically told the departments, “Here’s your money. Go spend it.”....

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Mauna Kea: Is it an ethics violation if Mayor Harry Kim’s politically favored ‘protesters’ are allowed to break the law with impunity?
By Andrew Walden @ 12:24 AM :: 879 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA, Police

...Harry Kim won’t be mayor much longer....  

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Monday, November 16, 2020
Hawaii Hi-Tech Scamster Bribed to Rat out Hunter Biden?
By Selected News Articles @ 5:00 AM :: 1074 Views :: Ethics, Politicians, Tax Credits

...last year Youssef briefly courted journalists with a story about Hunter’s links to the now-defunct mbloom fund....

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Friday, November 13, 2020
OIP: Under Emergency Order, UIPA Still has Some Teeth
By Andrew Walden @ 9:03 PM :: 460 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...what does it take to get OHA to comply with an Open Records request....

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Thursday, November 12, 2020
MBloom: Hawaii Hi Tech Scam Snares Another Biden Insider
By Selected News Articles @ 10:15 PM :: 2286 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Tax Credits

...Joe Biden’s Transition Aide Helped Steer $3M to Hunter Biden-Linked Firm....

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Blaisdell Audit: Only 7% of Ticket Sales Open to General Public
By News Release @ 2:18 AM :: 754 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Small Business, Tourism

...Insider holds and presales reduce the number of tickets available to the general public and restrict accessibility for local residents....

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Saturday, November 7, 2020
State Auditor Compliance Review -- 2015 - 2018
By News Release @ 2:28 AM :: 459 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...From 2015 to 2018, we made 190 actionable audit recommendations, of which the affected agencies reported partially or fully implementing 182….

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Bishop Street Lawyer Foolishly Leaves Hawaii, Gets Locked Up
By News Release @ 4:06 AM :: 3136 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

... Advice to Crooks: Stay in Hawaii where things like this won't happen to you ....

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Monday, November 2, 2020
OHA Races: Trask Endorses Akina, Alapa, Mangauil
By News Release @ 4:33 PM :: 442 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...I am voting for Keli'i Akina because he has consistently been an advocate for accountability and transparency at OHA....

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Sunday, November 1, 2020
Complaint: Manahan uses Council Email to Campaign for Amemiya and Cordero
By Andrew Walden @ 9:34 PM :: 986 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...Complaints have been filed with the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission and the Honolulu Ethics Commission....

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Sunday, November 1, 2020
Someone Was Listening to the Howl in the Woods
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 851 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... the Governor issued a Fourteenth Supplementary Proclamation, in which the language suspending the Procurement Code was radically changed ....

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Saturday, October 31, 2020
Auditor Slams "Rush to get COVID Money out the door without proper scrutiny"
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:33 PM :: 911 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... last-minute “spend-for-the-sake-of-spending” mentality ....

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Thursday, October 29, 2020
Here's Who to Vote for at OHA
By Video @ 3:49 AM :: 1005 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... YES To Those Who Stand For Truth & Transparency ....

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Maui Liquor Comm Selects Son to Replace Father as Director
By News Release @ 11:25 PM :: 786 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... Really Obvious Question: Would the son expose any wrongdoing committed under the father? ....

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Sunday, October 25, 2020
Ethics: DCCA Audit Examiner likes Nobu, Suntory, Hihimanu
By News Release @ 1:53 AM :: 1078 Views :: Ethics

... What does an Audit contract cost in Hawaii?  The Hihimanu Sushi meal was $669 but Nobu was only a measly $500 ....

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Saturday, October 24, 2020
Honolulu GOP Chair Violated Federal Hatch Act
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 1010 Views :: Ethics, Military, Republican Party

...Navy Employee Fined, Debarred from Federal Service for Numerous Hatch Act Violations....

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Monday, October 19, 2020
OHA Races: If you saying NO AUDIT, you are supporting the demise of our future generations
By Selected News Articles @ 10:17 PM :: 943 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education, OHA

... Because OHA get plans for Mauna Kea .... 

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Monday, October 19, 2020
OHA COVID Money: Homeless not part of ‘Friends and Family Plan’
By Andrew Walden @ 1:11 AM :: 1496 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics, OHA, COVID-19

"... the ones who are punished the most for allegations of OHA misdoing is the community ...."

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Sunday, October 18, 2020
Pulling Teeth at OHA
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1469 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...An accounting firm can’t arrest people, throw them in jail, or otherwise find that they have committed illegal activity....

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Monday, October 12, 2020
Trans-Generational Corruption: Another Charged in Hawaii Lum Scandal
By Court House News @ 6:01 PM :: 875 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii History, Republican Party

...Federal authorities charged former top fundraiser for the Republican National Committee Elliott Broidy with conspiring to act as an unregistered foreign agent over his alleged involvement in a secretive effort to lobby the Trump administration....

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Sunday, October 11, 2020
A Critical Time for OHA
By Selected News Articles @ 6:43 PM :: 1136 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Unless the corrupt “old guard trustees” (or their clones now running for OHA seats) are replaced with honest people willing to clean up the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the state and federal government will step in and shut it down, saying: “See? We gave you Hawaiians chance, and you blew it.”....

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Sunday, October 11, 2020
OHA Races: Miske’s Lawyer Leads Developers Targeting ‘Watchdog’ in Grab for Kakaako Makai
By Andrew Walden @ 3:10 AM :: 3276 Views :: Ethics, Development, OHA

...Akina’s opponent, Jason Keoni Souza, is a Realtor who supports selling the Ceded Lands “to corporations.”  Souza tells Ka Wai Ola he wants OHA to “collaborate with the Building Trades.”....

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Thursday, October 8, 2020
Kondo, Saiki Debate Continuing OHA LLC Audit
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:49 AM :: 864 Views :: Ethics, OHA

"...We will consider options under the Government Auditing Standards, including terminating the audit, and will inform you of any decisions affecting the audit...."

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020
The Affordable Housing Scam
By Selected News Articles @ 4:00 AM :: 1483 Views :: Ethics, Development, Cost of Living

...well-connected people often found their way to the tops of housing waiting lists while the names of people who really needed affordable housing disappeared....

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Friday, October 2, 2020
PBS Insights OHA Candidates Forum
By Video @ 4:40 AM :: 1095 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... Keoni Souza repeats his claim that the Independent Audit of OHA was a waste of money.  Current OHA Chair Machado agrees.  Trustee Kelii Akina explains why they are wrong ....

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Thursday, October 1, 2020
Navatek CEO Arrested for CARES Act Fraud--Got Help from 'Senator'
By News Release @ 11:01 AM :: 4710 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Military, COVID-19

...Price also said that other businesses are being investigated for potential fraud in connection with funds through the CARES Act....

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020
FCC Fines Al Hee $49M for Fraud
By News Release @ 8:11 PM :: 1492 Views :: DHHL, Ethics

...Company Received Over $27 Million in Unearned Payments Due to Falsified Cost Reporting--This is one of the largest forfeitures the FCC has ever imposed....

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020
‘Ragged clothing and a staged homeless look’–Foreclosure for Fun and Profit with Gary V Dubin
By Andrew Walden @ 5:35 AM :: 1917 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

“(My) law firm … pioneered foreclosure defense in Hawaii….” -- Gary V Dubin

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard irks left after citing Project Veritas in call to ban ballot harvesting
By Selected News Articles @ 11:36 PM :: 1086 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Office of Elections

...“Project Veritas offers further evidence of the need to ban ballot harvesting,” Mrs. Gabbard tweeted to her 890,000 followers....

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Sunday, September 27, 2020
Veto of the “Revolving Door” Bill
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 589 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...The bill addresses the appearance of corruption....

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Saturday, September 26, 2020
Honolulu Ethics: Parks Supervisor Watches Football on the Clock
By News Release @ 11:54 PM :: 921 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...Fortunately City workers are not likely to get furloughs.  I don’t know how we would survive without public employees like these....

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Saturday, September 26, 2020
Rep Tulsi Gabbard: Ban Vote Harvesting
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 799 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Office of Elections

...While some states have prohibited vote harvesting, many states lack any regulations that would stop third-parties from fraudulently collecting and mishandling ballots as has occurred in recent elections....

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Friday, September 25, 2020
Honolulu Ethics Commission Ballot Questions 3 and 4
By News Release @ 11:16 PM :: 2068 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...Two questions on the upcoming general election ballot relate to the Honolulu Ethics Commission's budget and staffing.... 

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Friday, September 25, 2020
After Secret Meeting, BoE Agrees to Re-Hear Kahuku Windfarm Petition
By News Release @ 6:01 PM :: 761 Views :: Honolulu County, Education K-12, Energy, Ethics

...The proposed rule would require the Department to hold a community meeting and solicit family and community feedback before providing official comment on proposed developments....

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Friday, September 25, 2020
COVID Spending: Hirono questions Ige's ‘lack of transparency’
By News Release @ 7:14 AM :: 706 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

...“I remain concerned that Hawaii will not spend these federal resources before the end of the year, and that a lack of clear information provided by the state on how funds are being used is creating frustration and confusion among Hawaii’s residents,” Senator Hirono wrote....

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Thursday, September 24, 2020
Cocaine News: Councilwoman Heidi Tsuneyoshi Files for Divorce -- Tries to Keep Case Records Secret
By Andrew Walden @ 11:52 PM :: 3655 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, First Amendment, Judiciary, Drugs

...Plaintiff is a prominent City Council member. Her husband is a political consultant. Therefore, her position on the City Council would pique the interest of this news organization. However, her personal life should not be the subject matter of the news media....

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Common Cause 2020 Legislative Wrap Up
By News Release @ 4:33 AM :: 635 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Office of Elections

...Ige’s deadline to veto bills has passed, so we know which of the bills that made it through this most unusual session will become law....

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Feds Bust DoH Lab Tech--Allegedly Making LSD During COVID outbreak
By Andrew Walden @ 1:02 AM :: 2405 Views :: Ethics, Military, COVID-19

...“You would think that employees at the state disease outbreak control center would be too busy these days for such extracurricular activities,” Dan Grazier, an ex-Marine Corps officer who now works for the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight, told The Daily Beast....

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Monday, September 21, 2020
Council Candidate Greg Thielen Cautions Against Awarding P3 Contract Under Robbins' Tenure
By News Release @ 7:02 PM :: 1104 Views :: Ethics, Rail

“...a potential worse case scenario of a contract award just before a leadership transition at HART and the City and County of Honolulu....”

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Sunday, September 20, 2020
'Hush Money' and Retaliation: FBI Investigates Kauai Charter School tied to OHA Trustee
By Andrew Walden @ 6:34 PM :: 4248 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Education K-12, Ethics, OHA

... similar to sandwich lease schemes common during the Broken Trust days ....

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Saturday, September 19, 2020
Hawaii Attorney General and Ethics Commission Join Forces to Address Fraud, Waste and Abuse
By News Release @ 4:56 PM :: 908 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

... Hawaii Attorney General Clare E. Connors announced today that her department has joined the Hawaii State Ethics Commission in an effort to identify fraud, waste and abuse involving government funds ....

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Thursday, September 17, 2020
Waikoloa Mauka Project Now Subject of FBI Investigation, Developer Says
By Selected News Articles @ 7:51 PM :: 1344 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Development, Land Use

...he unwittingly bought into a scheme that is now the subject of an FBI investigation....

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Ige Releases Final Veto List
By News Release @ 1:17 AM :: 761 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Gov. Ige vetoes bill limiting “revolving door” between government and lobbyists....

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Sunday, September 13, 2020
Hiding LLC Records: OHA Lawsuit not Laughed out of Court
By News Release @ 11:11 PM :: 1564 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...OHA Sacrifices $3.2M to Hide Lawyer’s Conflict of Interest?....

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Friday, September 11, 2020
Hawaii Crime Boss Busted for Racketeering, Murder; Infiltrated Teamster Local
By Selected News Articles @ 8:20 PM :: 2181 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Law Enforcement

...Especially noteworthy is Miske’s involvement with unions, particularly International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 996, which represents drivers hired to do movie and television scenes....

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Thursday, September 10, 2020
Retaliation at DoH: Another Candid Discussion with Dr. Scott Miscovich
By Video @ 2:41 AM :: 1507 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

...He called the situation "classic whistleblower retaliation.”....

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Dubin Disbarred--Its 'Foreclosure Hour' for Associate of John Waihee and Keanu Sai
By News Release @ 10:01 PM :: 2848 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary, OHA

... with mortgage scams on the decline, sovereignty activists appear to be shifting to phony Hawaiian Kingdom bond sales as a means to pay for lavish trips to NYC, Geneva, and The Hague ....

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