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Sunday, March 24, 2024
Fear of the Unknown
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1506 Views :: Ethics, Tax Credits, Taxes

... some bills replace a current tax rate with a blank.  Or several blanks.  Those are scary because you don’t know what our lawmakers are thinking of putting in there ....

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Friday, March 22, 2024
HECO's Secret Wildfire Plan: Congress Demands Answers
By News Release @ 5:28 PM :: 1720 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Ethics, Congressional Delegation

... the Hawaii Public Utility Commission revealed it had not seen the document prior to the fires and only learned of its existence when HECO referenced it in HECO’s September 19, 2023, response ....

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Thursday, March 21, 2024
Disgraced Mililani Athletic Director Fined $274,500 by Ethics Commission
By News Release @ 6:48 PM :: 1793 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

... This is the highest administrative fee ever issued by the Commission ....

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024
Big Island Press Club celebrates retired judge, dishonors Hawai‘i emergency administrator
By News Release @ 4:05 PM :: 1886 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, First Amendment

... law allowing the governor and county mayors to suspend electronic media transmission during a state of emergency ....

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Monday, March 18, 2024
AG Points Finger at Maui County: 53 Subpoenas Delay Lahaina Fire Report
By News Release @ 10:03 PM :: 1920 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Ethics

... The more Maui County is responsible, the less Hawaiian Electric owes.  And Maui County has sovereign immunity against lawsuits ....

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Monday, March 11, 2024
Lahaina: Purposefully Making Rebuilding Slow, Expensive, and Frustrating
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:04 PM :: 2394 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development

... Federal aid money is pouring in, but “no one seems to know where it’s going” ....

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Saturday, March 9, 2024
DHS: Green Appoints Political Hack to Oversee Department Overflowing with Dead Babies
By News Release @ 4:05 PM :: 2220 Views :: Ethics, Family, Hawaii State Government

... As a state Representative from 2004 to 2023, Yamane chaired various committees including Health, Human Services, and Homelessness ....

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Friday, March 8, 2024
Fake Minutes and Fire Secrecy: OIP Posts Three New Opinions
By News Release @ 3:06 AM :: 1724 Views :: Honolulu County, Education K-12, Ethics

"... the executive session minutes did not convey a true reflection of the matters discussed at the meeting ..."

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Friday, March 8, 2024
OIP: Sunshine and UIPA Bills on the Move
By News Release @ 2:57 AM :: 1486 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... we are halfway through the 2024 legislative session, the State Office of Information Practices (OIP) is providing this update of Sunshine Law and UIPA bills that have survived and crossed over ....

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Friday, March 8, 2024
Audit: 100% FEMA Fail on Kauai Disaster Procurement
By News Release @ 2:14 AM :: 1750 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics

... projects seeking FEMA reimbursement could be subject to an Office of the Inspector General’s (“OIG”) audit ....

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Thursday, March 7, 2024
Kouchi in Danger After Nahale-a Debacle?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:11 AM :: 3646 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Politicians

... if a person who voted for Nahale-a gets ticked off enough to try and flip at least one of the votes that voted against, then they could have a shot at reorganizing the Senate ....

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Wednesday, March 6, 2024
"A move by Senator Donna Mercado Kim to reshape the Board of Regents into her name, image, and likeness"
By News Release @ 6:53 PM :: 2323 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education, Labor

"This vote is about abuse of power."

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Wednesday, March 6, 2024
'My Vote is for Sale' -- How Biden Lost the American Samoa Democratic Caucus
By Selected News Articles @ 5:57 PM :: 1986 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics

... "My Vote Is For Sale" ....

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Sunday, March 3, 2024
Amended Return Equals Guilty Plea
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1686 Views :: Ethics, Taxes

... Here’s how the strategy works ....

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Saturday, March 2, 2024
Lahaina aid should be about quality, not quantity
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:46 PM :: 1543 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... “There’s not been a lot of transparency” regarding how wildfire relief funds are being spent ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
SB3381: Stop Lahaina Property Owners from Rebuilding
By Andrew Walden @ 9:07 PM :: 4686 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development, Labor

... will Lahaina literally be handed over to the HCDA and an appointed ‘Community Board’ comprised of Josh Green’s hand-picked Carpenters Union representatives? ....

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Saturday, February 17, 2024
Skimming Nuclear Munitions Contract? Lawsuit Alleges Dawson is Fake Hawaiian Company
By Andrew Walden @ 7:54 PM :: 5834 Views :: Ethics, Military, OHA

... "Nuclear Munitions Command and Control" is a $698K per year grift  ....

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024
Hawaii Information Practices: Annual Report for 2023
By News Release @ 7:56 PM :: 1359 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

... 2,253 UIPA record requests received by the State agencies in FY 2023 and 2,839 by the Counties ....

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
LLC Ownership Secrecy: Oh BOI, More Red Tape for All
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1491 Views :: Ethics, Small Business

... ultra-wealthy oligarchs, bad actors, and others are seeing us—the United States—as a haven where they can park money or assets in entities, like limited liability companies ....

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Saturday, January 27, 2024
Audit Exposes Widespread Payroll Cheating at State Hospital
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 7:57 PM :: 1908 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Labor

"...staff’s intentional attempts to inflate their pay...."

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024
Court: Ethics Rules do Apply to OHA Trustees
By News Release @ 1:12 PM :: 1416 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... The Hawai‘i State Ethics Commission is pleased to announce a significant legal victory in Akana v. Hawai‘i State Ethics Commission ....

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Tuesday, January 23, 2024
Trial begins for Hawaii businessman accused of murder-for-hire, racketeering
By Selected News Articles @ 3:57 PM :: 1543 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

“...The kid’s got to go....”

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Thursday, January 18, 2024
Settlement Hearing Set for Hawaii DoE Title IX Class Action Suit
By News Release @ 4:54 PM :: 1325 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

... class action lawsuit on behalf of present and future Campbell High School female students who participate, seek to participate, and/or are or were deterred from participating in athletics ....

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Saturday, January 13, 2024
Lisa Ginoza and Vladimir Devens Sworn In as Hawaiʻi Supreme Court Associate Justices 
By News Release @ 4:42 PM :: 1224 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

... Suuurrrprise! New Supreme Court Justice Devens Concealed his role as Carpenters Union Operative ....

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Friday, January 12, 2024
Company Owned by Civil Beat Publisher Criminally Liable for Terror Campaign Against Media Critics
By News Release @ 4:34 AM :: 1890 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Pierre Omidyar

“Today’s settlement holds e-Bay criminally and financially responsible for emotionally, psychologically, and physically terrorizing the publishers of an online newsletter...." 

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Monday, January 8, 2024
Housing regulations add up to solid brick wall against homebuilding
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:44 AM :: 1320 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development, Land Use

... it’s taken almost half a year to see anything come from the governor’s emergency proclamation ....

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Saturday, December 30, 2023
Pinata: Legislature opens GIA application processes
By News Release @ 6:16 PM :: 1293 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The Legislature will continue to accept GIA applications until Friday, January 19, 2024, at 4:30 p.m. ....

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Tuesday, December 26, 2023
​Maui County diverts UIPA requests to 'online portal'
By News Release @ 5:00 AM :: 1189 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... Starting Jan. 24, 2024 ....

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Monday, December 25, 2023
Public Corruption In The Land Of Aloha
By Selected News Articles @ 4:19 PM :: 2950 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii History, Police

... Rather than get personally involved and perhaps step on the wrong toes, people deliberately chose to go along to get along ....

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Tuesday, December 19, 2023
Chinese Illegals: CNMI DMV Chief Convicted of License Fraud
By News Release @ 3:04 PM :: 1697 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News

... As Chief of the BMV, Leon Guerrero knowingly permitted 'Ivan' to submit fraudulent immigration documents, on at least 50 occasions between January 2020 and December 2022 ....

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Friday, December 15, 2023
Green Picks Miyake for HD10 Vacancy
By Andrew Walden @ 9:58 PM :: 2852 Views :: Democratic Party, Maui County, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Tyson Miyake--Construction boss and former Maui County Chief of Staff under Victorino, now Vice President of Corporate Affairs for lobbying firm, Karey Kapoi LLC ....

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Wednesday, December 6, 2023
Hilo Police Detective Arrested for Perjury and Tampering With a Government Record
By News Release @ 1:49 AM :: 1535 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Police, Drugs

... Following his arrest, Brown was placed on leave without pay pending the outcome ....

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Sunday, December 3, 2023
Two types of corruption fuel cronyism in Hawaii — illegal and legal
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:14 PM :: 1427 Views :: Ethics

... Legal corruption comes in the form of special interest groups currying favor from politicians to pass laws that narrowly benefit just them ....

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Monday, November 27, 2023
Fire: AG Subpoenas Maui County Officials
By News Release @ 8:52 PM :: 1328 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... Subpoenas have been served upon the Maui Emergency Management Agency, the County of Maui Department of Public Works, and the County of Maui Department of Water Supply ....

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Monday, November 27, 2023
CBS: Maui County Uncooperative with Fire Investigation
By Video @ 5:15 PM :: 1940 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

“...Multiple sources are telling CBS News that Maui county officials, from Mayor Richard Bissen on down, are not responding to requests for interviews from Hawai`i state officials who are conducting an official investigation about the fire launched by governor Josh Green....”

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Thursday, November 23, 2023
After FBI Raid, CNHA Demands Hawai'i Free Press 'Cease Operations'
By Andrew Walden @ 8:32 PM :: 5321 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, First Amendment, OHA

... Song’s complaint was filed just weeks after the FBI raid on the offices of key CNHA financial backer Dawson Companies ....

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Wednesday, November 22, 2023
Confirmed: Union Lawyer Appointed to Supreme Court
By Andrew Walden @ 2:44 PM :: 1559 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary, Labor

... Devens’ legal experiences go beyond corporate practice, having represented several labor unions, including the State of Hawaiʻi Organization of Police Officers, the Hawaiʻi State Teachers Association, and more ....

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Tuesday, November 21, 2023
DOBOR: We Knew Surf School Bidding Was Rigged
By News Release @ 5:35 PM :: 2191 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Small Business

... After 'randomly' choosing four companies it turned out three of them are owned by the same person. ...

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Sunday, November 19, 2023
Caldwell's COVID Slush Fund: 'Follow the Money'
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:36 PM :: 1687 Views :: Ethics, Taxes, Tourism, COVID-19

... you have to follow the money, especially when there’s a huge surge of funds given to the government to dole out ....

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Friday, November 17, 2023
Former Kauai PD Employee gets Jail for Embezzlement
By News Release @ 5:19 PM :: 1679 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics

... Hiranaka repaid the State of Hawaiʻi $75,633.25 in restitution ....

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Fronting for the Contractors: CNHA Hosting Debris Removal Meeting
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 1795 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Military

...  CNHA fronts for the 8a contractors which scored the lucrative no-bid USACE contracts to clean up properties in Kula and Lahaina ....  

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Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Felon Watch: Nan buying Grace Pacific from A&B
By Andrew Walden @ 3:41 AM :: 4073 Views :: Ethics, Development, Rail

... convicted felon to gain even more control over Hawaii CIP projects .... 

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Sunday, November 12, 2023
Audit Exposes Caldwell’s $175M Slush Fund
By Andrew Walden @ 9:19 PM :: 5037 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, COVID-19

... Could credit union executives go to jail? ....

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Friday, November 10, 2023
Audio Reveals HECO Informing Maui PD Lahaina Power is Off
By Audio @ 7:23 PM :: 3473 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Ethics, Police

“The BBC obtained audio of a conversation between Maui police and Hawaiian Electric in which the power company confirms that power has been turned off in the town of Lahaina.”

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Monday, November 6, 2023
USACE awards $53 million contract to Pono Aina Management for temporary elementary school construction
By News Release @ 3:48 PM :: 2006 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Ethics

... 'Pono Aina' -- another 8a, another no-bid contract ....

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Sunday, November 5, 2023
Crossing the Rubicon Again
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1616 Views :: Ethics, Development, Taxes

... Green suspended the General Excise Tax as it related to vendors involved in the design, construction, sale, lease, or financing of housing projects designed to provide rapid relief to the homeless ....

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Saturday, November 4, 2023
Hawaii Supreme Court Justice Handling Lawsuit Against Oil Companies Calls Climate Change An ‘Existential Threat’
By Video @ 6:24 PM :: 2336 Views :: Energy, Environment, Ethics, Judiciary

... The Hawaii Supreme Court ruled this week that Honolulu’s lawsuit against oil and gas companies can proceed to trial ....

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Sunday, October 29, 2023
How monster homes came to be: A Halloween Story
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:50 PM :: 2509 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... meet the monster’s creators ....

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Thursday, October 26, 2023
Green's Latest Housing Proclamation Removes Sunshine Law Exemption
By News Release @ 5:01 PM :: 987 Views :: Ethics, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... all boards involved in an affordable housing project covered by the proclamation should comply with the Sunshine Law’s requirements ....

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Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Slavery Poisons Solar Industry’s Supply Chains
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:11 PM :: 1679 Views :: Energy, Ethics

... Roughly 80% of solar components are manufactured in China using slave labor ....

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