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Monday, September 16, 2019
Kondo to OHA: I can Subpoena You
By Andrew Walden @ 9:24 PM :: 229 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...With its LLCs on the line, OHA has already stonewalled one audit—while lying to the legislature about it.  Are they now preparing to stonewall another?....

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Sunday, September 08, 2019
Legal Fees: OHA Lawyers Bill 15 Times Higher
By Andrew Walden @ 8:24 PM :: 1653 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...One experienced downtown attorney tells Hawai’i Free Press he has never before seen a “no position” filing in response to a motion for legal fees....

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Saturday, August 31, 2019
OHA: Crabbe Spent Last Month in Office Hiding From Auditors
By Andrew Walden @ 9:53 PM :: 1359 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Crabbe managed to hide from Auditors who were present at OHA HQ June 3 through June 14, 2019....

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Monday, August 26, 2019
Maui Officer Arrested After Sex Harassment Complaints
By News Release @ 11:50 PM :: 726 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Police

...He has been charged with attempted perjury, attempted hindering prosecution in the first degree, and tampering with a witness....

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Saturday, August 24, 2019
With All Eyes on Mauna Kea, OHA, KSBE Insiders Make a Quick Grab for $6.7M
By Andrew Walden @ 9:33 PM :: 3310 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...But instead of being rushed into rubber-stamping an obvious insider deal, Trustees Keli’i Akina, Carmen Hulu Lindsey, and Kalei Akaka voted ‘No.’....

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Friday, August 23, 2019
Former union boss charged in massive fraud, embezzlement indictment
By News Release @ 2:43 PM :: 1513 Views :: Ethics, Labor

...Ahakuelo lead the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1260 until he was ousted three years ago after the union was placed under trusteeship....

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Lyon Corruption: Secretary Bernhardt Transforms Interior’s Ethics Program
By News Release @ 8:22 PM :: 974 Views :: Ethics

...Source: Esther Kia’aina and Andy Winer Warned Jim Lyon About Investigation....

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019
University of Guam Professor Arrested for Conspiring a Bid Rigging Scheme
By News Release @ 8:08 PM :: 946 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education

...Charged professor, Thomas Marler, still employed by UOG....

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Saturday, August 10, 2019
Disciplinary Board: Lawyer Gary V Dubin Billed Client for 30 Hours in One Day
By Andrew Walden @ 10:32 PM :: 1838 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

... Has a Honolulu lawyer invented time travel—or is he now set for his 15 minutes of fame? ....

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Saturday, August 10, 2019
Windfarms Bribe Environmentalists for Permission to Kill 300 Bats, 44 Nene
By Selected News Articles @ 8:42 PM :: 1839 Views :: Energy, Environment, Ethics

...With some fanfare, the DLNR acquired the 2,900 acres from Dole late last year for about $15 million, with $2.75 million of that coming from Kawailoa Wind....

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Sunday, August 04, 2019
OHA seeks nonprofit to administer $3 million charter school grant (again)
By News Release @ 10:36 PM :: 972 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, OHA

...Flashback 2017: Help Stop CNHA Grab for Charter School Funds....

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Sunday, August 04, 2019
Trustee: OHA Should be a Center of Influence Peddling
By Selected News Articles @ 5:31 PM :: 1076 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...you will work there around 5 years or so, building your networks and resume then go on to the private sector....

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Thursday, August 01, 2019
Exclude 2/3 of Contractors from Bidding? Proposal on Council Agenda
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:03 PM :: 1096 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Labor

...Bill 37 would restrict those who can bid on all county projects worth $250,000 or more by requiring that they be willing to adhere to “community workforce agreements.”....

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Thursday, August 01, 2019
Lyon Corruption: Master Halbert gets 18 Months
By News Release @ 2:43 AM :: 988 Views :: DHHL, National News, Ethics

...for his participation in a money laundering scheme involving bribes made to corruptly secure engineering and project management contracts from the government of FSM....

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019
OHA Needs a Culture of Transparency
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:15 PM :: 734 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Is there something to hide?....

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Ige Appoints Clayton Hee to Hawaii Paroling Authority
By News Release @ 10:43 PM :: 969 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

...Really Obvious Question: How will Clayton Hee exploit his leverage over Hawaii criminals?....

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019
$350M Stadium Bill: "Abusive Gut and Replace" Scheme being Challenged in Court
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 1251 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tourism

"...the Legislature should have fully and seriously considered HB 1586 and allowed the public to weigh in on the measure, given the major financial effects on the State, instead of using the ‘gut and replace’ practice currently being challenged in court....”

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Sunday, July 28, 2019
A Veil of Secrecy Around Revenue Estimates
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 713 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...attempt by a government agency to shroud its operations in the shadows....

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Thursday, July 25, 2019
Military Consumers Target for Scams and Unethical Business Practices
By News Release @ 10:48 PM :: 936 Views :: Ethics, Military, Small Business

...BBB release Military Report on Marketplace Challenges....

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Thursday, July 25, 2019
Foreclosure Next? Court Finds Criminal Al Hee's Scam Company in Default
By Selected News Articles @ 12:01 PM :: 1505 Views :: DHHL, Ethics

...The Rural Utilities Service loaned millions to Sandwich Isles Communications to finance the installation of a telecommunications network in the state....

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Former Laborers Union leader charged, accused of stealing thousands
By News Release @ 6:57 PM :: 1283 Views :: Ethics, Labor

...The union since has been placed under trusteeship by LIUNA headquarters after running into difficulties not unrelated to the thefts....

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Monday, July 22, 2019
Ethics: Wanna Buy Some State Land? -- Hire a Legislator, Its Legal!
By News Release @ 9:04 PM :: 1065 Views :: Ethics

...Chapter 84 permits the legislator to represent a private client in submitting an offer to purchase state property from a state agency....

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Saturday, July 20, 2019
Machado: “OHA has no position on the siting of the TMT on Maunakea”
By Andrew Walden @ 11:02 PM :: 3915 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Greenmail, Higher Education, Land Use, OHA

...Trustees are reminding Governor Ige of OHA’s real goal—not stopping the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) but gaining control of thousands of acres atop Mauna Kea.... 

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019
OHA: Protests are Opportunity for us to Grab Mauna Kea Lease
By News Release @ 6:07 PM :: 1395 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

"...Regardless of your position on TMT, we must all agree with Gov. Ige’s 2015 statement that the state has 'failed' Maunakea...."

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019
HART Board: Kim not gone--Stays on to Maintain Quorum
By Andrew Walden @ 10:22 PM :: 1078 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Rail

...Kim says he will stay until a replacement Board member is selected....

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Sunday, July 14, 2019
Mauna Kea: ACLU Lists Grounds for Lawsuits Against Police
By News Release @ 6:59 PM :: 1519 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, First Amendment, Law Enforcement, Police

"...corralling of protesters is simply unconstitutional...."

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Friday, July 12, 2019
Puerto Rico Relief? Special interests lobby to uphold Jones Act
By Selected News Articles @ 10:57 PM :: 1506 Views :: Ethics, Jones Act

...Several domestic shipping and maritime interest groups, alongside unions, are backing lobbying efforts to keep the Jones Act on the books....

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Tuesday, July 09, 2019
Lyon Corruption: Ex-Schatz, Winer New Gig at Strategies360
By News Release @ 3:38 PM :: 1818 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation

... Really Obvious Question: Has Winer received a target letter or a subject letter in the Lyon investigation? ....

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Monday, July 08, 2019
Trustee Akina Praises OHA’s Support of Court Order to Open LLCs’ Books
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:23 PM :: 1060 Views :: Ethics, OHA

"...Under interim CEO Sylvia Hussey’s leadership, transparency reigns...."

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Saturday, July 06, 2019
OHA LLCs Agree to Provide Check Register
By Andrew Walden @ 8:43 PM :: 1388 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... OHA’s response comes just two days after the departure of former OHA CEO Kamana’o Crabbe .... 

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Thursday, July 04, 2019
Lyon Corruption: While Son in Law Rots in Federal Detention, President Christian Returns to FSM Senate
By News Release @ 7:26 PM :: 1350 Views :: National News, Ethics

...Former President of the FSM, Peter M. Christian, is the official declared winner for Pohnpei State’s at-large seat, having received 6,060 votes or 46.46% of all votes cast....

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Wednesday, July 03, 2019
OHA LLC Records Being Destroyed?
By Video @ 11:50 PM :: 1026 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...They Did Something Nobody Else Would Be Allowed To Do....

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Wednesday, July 03, 2019
Kealoha Barred from Practicing Law
By News Release @ 11:10 PM :: 850 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

...with proceedings stayed until the criminal proceedings are final....

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Monday, July 01, 2019
OHA Needs a Watchdog!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:36 PM :: 961 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, OHA

...If an OHA Trustee cannot publicly disagree with Board decisions, then it would hinder any Trustee from functioning as a watchdog. That would be a terrible loss to beneficiaries....

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Friday, June 28, 2019
Akina: LLC Ruling 'A Big Win for OHA Beneficiaries'
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:28 AM :: 1163 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...“Losing this case raises questions as to whether the OHA Board is acting in the best interest of its beneficiaries when it comes to transparency and their right to know how their trust funds are spent.”...

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Friday, June 28, 2019
Owner of Engineering Firm Sentenced To Five Years For Tax Scheme
By News Release @ 3:40 AM :: 1432 Views :: National News, Ethics, Law Enforcement

...Wagdy A. Guirguis was sentenced today to five years in prison for conspiracy to defraud the United States....

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Thursday, June 27, 2019
Auditor Rips DLNR Leasehold Management
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:57 PM :: 1373 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Land Use, Small Business

...The absence of long-range planning has left the Land Division staff without the expertise, resources, and options to actively and effectively manage its land portfolio....

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Thursday, June 27, 2019
Meth Bust Nets Retired Guam Police Officer
By News Release @ 7:46 PM :: 1094 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary, Law Enforcement, Drugs

...John Topasna Mantanona aka 'Boom' was arrested today, June 26, 2019, and charged with obstructing justice by endeavoring to influence a juror and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine hydrochloride....

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Thursday, June 27, 2019
Financial Disclosures: Ethics Commission Releases Five Page List of Late Filers
By News Release @ 4:13 PM :: 848 Views :: Ethics

...approximately 1,900 state officials are required to file a financial disclosure statement by May 31 each year.  More than 91% of filers were on time....

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019
What are OHA Trustees Trying to Cover Up Now?
By Video @ 9:55 PM :: 1059 Views :: Ethics, OHA

"...we will use this against you in the next election...."

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Judge Orders OHA LLCs to Hand Over Check Registers
By Andrew Walden @ 9:40 PM :: 1747 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...How much more beneficiary money will OHA insiders waste in this futile effort to keep their own secrets?....

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019
OHA Granted Marijuana Grower Right to Audit LLCs
By Andrew Walden @ 1:18 AM :: 1411 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Drugs

"... (Marijuana grower Ranson Shepherd) may audit any and all records of (OHA) relating to the Confidential Information, as well as (OHA’s) security and protection measures, and procedures ...."

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Thursday, June 20, 2019
OHA Majority Targets Trustee Akina
By News Release @ 6:41 PM :: 1635 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...the OHA Board has targeted him for his efforts to achieve greater transparency and accountability at OHA....

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Monday, June 17, 2019
Why is the Hawaii Attorney General too busy to prosecute charter school corruption? 
By Andrew Walden @ 8:42 PM :: 1793 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Law Enforcement

...The day after an allegedly corrupt charter school director evaded justice, the AG’s office sent out yet another nationally-themed news release--ironically calling on Congress to do something about … corrupt educational institutions....

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Sunday, June 16, 2019
After Lying to Legislature OHA Shoots Messenger--and Misses
By Andrew Walden @ 10:28 PM :: 2911 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... what was it that Keli'i Akina said? ....

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Sunday, June 16, 2019
HI-5 – Have We Stopped the Leakage Yet?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1279 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Small Business

...“Look. We’ve issued four audit reports on the program...."

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Saturday, June 15, 2019
Feds: Hawaii #2 for White Collar Crime
By Selected News Articles @ 7:29 PM :: 2093 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement

...in Hawaii, 29% of federal criminal convictions are for white collar crime, second only to New Jersey....

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Sunday, June 09, 2019
DOE, Fork Over That General Ledger!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1319 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...the Education Institute of Hawaii that wants to see the general ledger for the whole Department of Education....

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Saturday, June 08, 2019
ACLU: DoE Would Rather Litigate Than Build Locker Rooms for Female Students
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 1059 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...Documents filed yesterday in federal court by the ACLU of Hawai‘i reveal that DOE has simply been waiting for two female high school athletes to graduate, hoping the mere fact of their graduation will prevent the girls from being able to proceed with their gender discrimination lawsuit....

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Thursday, June 06, 2019
OHA Trustees target one of their own for ‘investigation’--then chicken out
By Andrew Walden @ 11:10 PM :: 2782 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... was this Crabbe's final attempt at revenge? ....

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