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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 :: 10585 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 :: 5155 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 :: 3960 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 :: 2314 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 :: 2694 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 :: 3213 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 :: 2624 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 :: 9692 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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Sunday, August 1, 2021
Property Forfeitures and What Our AG is Doing About Them
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2577 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

... property may be forfeited without a court hearing, without compensation, and at times, without even a criminal charge filed against the property owner. ...

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Saturday, July 31, 2021
70% or 82%?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:27 PM :: 2623 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

... we are witnessing the breakdown in trust that occurs when there is not enough transparency in government decision-making ....

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Sunday, July 25, 2021
Special Land and Development Fund, Revisited
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 3261 Views :: Ethics, Land Use, OHA

... rent for the property was $100,000 while subleases of the same property brought in $300,000 ....

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Thursday, July 22, 2021
Kauai Woman Pleads Guilty To Multiple Wire Fraud Schemes And Aggravated Identity Theft
By News Release @ 5:30 AM :: 3106 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics, Law Enforcement

... Federal prosecutors say she stole from Kamehameha Schools students needing financial aid and from Gates Millennium Scholars. The government also accuses her of stealing information from a non-profit mobile health unit for Native Hawaiians on Kauai ....

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Asset Forfeiture Audit: After 30 years Program Finally Gets Administrative Rules
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 11:20 PM :: 2451 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

... the program was unable to accurately account for forfeited property ....

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Sunday, July 18, 2021
Aalto’s Conflicts of Interest Disqualify Him for HART Board
By News Release @ 10:06 PM :: 3385 Views :: Ethics, Rail

... Aalto's movies given major funding by rail supporters ....

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Saturday, July 17, 2021
Ethics: COVID Profiteering by DoH Employee
By News Release @ 9:50 PM :: 2833 Views :: Ethics, Health Care

... used his state computer and state email account to send an email to the Chief Executive Officer of a private health care facility in which he solicited the CEO to purchase personal protective equipment from a private company, M&W Suppliers ....

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Friday, July 9, 2021
Police Corruption Scandals Revenge for Gambling Prosecutions?
By Andrew Walden @ 11:14 PM :: 10461 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Ethics, Gambling, Police

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

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Thursday, July 1, 2021
Embezzlement, Bribery: Hawaii Non-Profit Executive Sentenced to 46 Months of Imprisonment
By News Release @ 4:00 AM :: 5492 Views :: Honolulu County, DHHL, Ethics, Law Enforcement, OHA, COVID-19

... Hawaii Non-Profit Executive Sentenced to 46 Months of Imprisonment for Embezzling Over $500,000 from AmeriCorps and for Agreeing to Receive a Bribe for Approving $845,000 in CARES Act Grants ....

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021
OHA Awards $1.77 Million in COVID-19 Impact and Response Grants
By News Release @ 12:03 PM :: 2204 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... A total of 15 Hawaiʻi nonprofit organizations on five islands will receive a total of $1.77 million ....

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Sunday, June 27, 2021
Secret Tax Relief for Hotels on Maui?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 3496 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Taxes, Tourism

“...the coronavirus pandemic has challenged the County to make many unprecedented decisions. One such decision was to reduce the Assessed Values of Hotel and Resort properties due to the catastrophic drops in occupancy experienced by that industry....”

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Friday, June 25, 2021
HGEA Protects Sheriff Deputy After He Admitted Doing Favors for Katherine Kealoha
By News Release @ 10:19 PM :: 4114 Views :: Ethics, Police

... Cayetano and Kealoha have a lengthy professional relationship that includes serving together on the Board of Directors for the Hawaii Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation ....

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Ethics: School Principal Gives $43K in 'Cash Advances', Runs up credit card
By News Release @ 4:14 AM :: 2733 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

"...the Governing Board failed to manage the financial performance of the school...."

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Monday, June 21, 2021
'Procurement Collusion' -- Hanabusa, HART Reported to Federal Authorities
By News Release @ 4:32 AM :: 4115 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

... In order to steer a consulting contract to its former Board Chair, Colleen Hanabusa, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART), a federally-funded rail transit project, imposed the following narrowly tailored requirements on bidders ....

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021
​Hawaii Court Of Appeals: You Can't Sanction A Member Of The Public For Merely Asking To Unseal Court Records
By Robert Thomas @ 10:15 PM :: 3360 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Judiciary

... the trial court sanctioned 'Judges for Justice' $17,000 for making the request ....

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Saturday, June 12, 2021
FBI Raids Lead to Shakeup at Planning Commission?
By Andrew Walden @ 9:58 PM :: 5690 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... Federal authorities, March 30, 2021, unsealed indictments charging six DPP employees in a bribery scheme going back as far as 2012.  Challacombe had been Deputy Director of the Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting from 2013-2016, and then Acting Director in 2016-17 ....

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Saturday, June 12, 2021
End COVID-19 transparency dodge
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:50 AM :: 2867 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, COVID-19

... Hawaii businesses might be reopening, but Hawaii government agencies still have a ways to go ....

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Thursday, June 10, 2021
HPD Sued for False Arrest, Conflict of Interest
By News Release @ 12:11 AM :: 3024 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police

... The lawsuit seeks to end HPD’s continuing policy of allowing officers with conflicts of interest to abuse their police powers for personal benefit ....

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Friday, June 4, 2021
Nominees Sought for Disciplinary Board of the Hawaii Supreme Court
By News Release @ 6:18 AM :: 2343 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

... Hawaii Supreme Court is seeking to fill four attorney and two non-attorney positions on the Disciplinary Board ....

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Saturday, May 29, 2021
Ethics: 'Nonprofit' Finds Legal Way to Grease State Employees
By News Release @ 12:34 AM :: 2929 Views :: Ethics

... the Agency has collaborated with the Nonprofit Corporations in the development of the content; and second, the Agency specifically encouraged the Employees to undertake this additional work ....

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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 :: 4773 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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Thursday, May 20, 2021
UIPA Requests for FY2020
By News Release @ 3:34 AM :: 2028 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... data about Hawaii’s open records law collected by 284 state, county, and independent agencies on their UIPA Record Request Logs for FY 2020 ....

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021
FBI Investigating Navatek Insiders for Illegal Campaign contributions
By Selected News Articles @ 12:41 AM :: 3246 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Military

... A recently unsealed search warrant application shows the FBI believes a Hawaii defense contractor illegally funneled $150,000 to a pro-Collins super PAC and reimbursed donations to Collins' campaign ....

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Saturday, May 15, 2021
Rep Ward: "It's clearly time to open up the State Capitol"
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:25 AM :: 2682 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... The State Capitol has been closed since March of 2020 when the pandemic began, and unlike other State and government buildings across our State, the Capitol has remained closed to the public ....

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021
DoH Revokes License of Maui Weed Dealer
By News Release @ 12:00 AM :: 2824 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Drugs

... The NOVO was issued due to the licensee’s ongoing failure to submit annual independent financial audits ....

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Bid-Rigging: Hanabusa Chickens out, Blangiardi Appoints her to HART Board Instead
By News Release @ 11:41 PM :: 5385 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

... Blangiardi: “I had nothing to do with that contract” ....

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Saturday, May 8, 2021
HART needs to quit being so secretive
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:24 AM :: 2674 Views :: Ethics, Rail

... Marked “Confidential (Not for Distribution),” the document contains analyses of both the original plan for the rail and 27 alternatives ....

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Friday, May 7, 2021
The U.S. Owes Hawaiians Millions of Dollars Worth of Land. Hawaii Congressional Delegation Helped Make Sure the Debt Wasn’t Paid.
By Selected News Articles @ 5:37 PM :: 5301 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Hawaii History

... At least six other current and former members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation have supported such legislation one or more times ....

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Friday, May 7, 2021
How the Deals Approved by Congress Bypassed Thousands of Hawaiians Waiting for Homes
By Selected News Articles @ 5:29 PM :: 3867 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Hawaii History

... They were authorized via special legislation approved by Congress, including members of Hawaii’s own delegation ....

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Saturday, May 1, 2021
Legislators Breathe New Life into Auditing OHA
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:06 AM :: 2908 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... During the 2021 legislative session, lawmakers demonstrated strong interest in matters concerning the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) ....

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Friday, April 30, 2021
Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:19 PM :: 3271 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, COVID-19

...The Fumble or The Phantom Punch....

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Thursday, April 29, 2021
Legislature allows governor to act without restraint for another year
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:26 PM :: 3074 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... This bill was so close to the finish line that the only question seemed to be whether Gov. Ige would agree to limit his power ....

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Bills would Increase efficiency of State procurement
By News Release @ 9:36 PM :: 3704 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... HB526 and SB1329 ....

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
OHA aide accused of wire fraud--Tried to Flee Country
By Selected News Articles @ 5:49 PM :: 4184 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Small Business

... Court documents said Harleman used his firm, Precision Accounting Hawaii, to defraud an Oahu landscaping business out more than $415,000 ....

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Capital improvement procurement protests grind to a halt
By Andrew Walden @ 11:30 PM :: 3042 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... a “potential catastrophe” enabling “abuse of discretion… (which) …will promote and enable favoritism and/or corruption in public procurement.” ....

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Sunday, April 25, 2021
Mehau in Majuro – How the US Meth Epidemic Began
By Andrew Walden @ 10:02 PM :: 11888 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii History, Drugs

... “We’re not proud of it.  But crystal methamphetamine is our gift to the nation. It started here.” -- Judge and Former US Attorney Ed Kubo ....

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Sunday, April 25, 2021
The Whackee Strikes Back!
By Tom Yamachika @ 2:38 PM :: 3572 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... and he pulls no punches ....

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Saturday, April 24, 2021
Legislative Audit of OHA’s Limited Liability Companies Cancelled
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:28 AM :: 3406 Views :: Ethics, OHA

"...This is a great loss to OHA‘s beneficiaries. There are numerous questions of accountability and transparency which will go unanswered without the state legislative audit...."

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Sunday, April 18, 2021
State Auditor Facing a Whack Job?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 4805 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, OHA

... the report spends lots of time reviewing the Auditor’s recent actions involving the Office of Hawaiian Affairs ....

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Thursday, April 15, 2021
After Kaka'ako Makai Debacle: 'OHA Shall Seek Decision Making Influence over All Land in Hawai'i'
By Andrew Walden @ 6:08 AM :: 4751 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, Land Use, OHA

... OHA shall promote the idea that every property in Hawai'i is sacred and pursue initiatives that help achieve a broad acceptance of this truth ....

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Aipoalani: Being banned never stopped him
By Selected News Articles @ 2:14 PM :: 2777 Views :: Ethics

he “...had previously attempted to divert federal grant funds to his bank account”....

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021
SB1350: Hawaii House Votes to Suspend Pay Raises for Legislators
By News Release @ 9:13 PM :: 3219 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The House voted for a suspension running through December 31, 2022 ....

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