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Sunday, October 1, 2023
Let the Donor Beware
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:46 AM :: 1788 Views :: Democratic Party, Maui County, Ethics

... the fund directs the user to a page on ActBlue, a fund-raising platform used by Democrats ....

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Thursday, September 28, 2023
EPA: Civil Beat Publisher Profits from Sale of Illegal Pesticides
By News Release @ 5:47 PM :: 2171 Views :: Environment, Ethics

...EPA alleges that eBay Sold Unlawful Pesticides, Prohibited Products Containing a Restricted Chemical and Illegal Devices that Defeat Pollution Controls on Motor Vehicles....

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Thursday, September 28, 2023
Lawsuit: Hawaii Breaks Law on Voter Rolls
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:36 PM :: 1942 Views :: Ethics, Office of Elections

... Hawaii’s chief election officer violated the National Voter Registration Act, which requires states to update voter registration rolls regularly ....

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Sunday, September 24, 2023
Lahaina Scammers
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1847 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... there is a darker side ....

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Sunday, September 17, 2023
Has HART gone off the rails again?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:00 PM :: 1664 Views :: Ethics, Rail

... Natalie Iwasa, who was appointed by state Speaker of the House Scott Saiki, has been barred from participating in executive sessions ....

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Sunday, September 17, 2023
Challenging the Housing Czar
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1730 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development, Land Use

... Threats of violence ....

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Saturday, September 16, 2023
Building Permit: A Six-Year Odyssey
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:52 PM :: 2395 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... "the 100% lunacy of TAG's six-year odyssey to obtain a building permit to renovate what is now The Brad Powell Theatre." ....

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Thursday, September 14, 2023
Lawsuit: Green Greed behind Lahaina Deaths
By News Release @ 2:57 PM :: 4353 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment, Ethics, Greenmail

... between 2019 and 2022, Hawaiian Electric invested less than $245,000 on wildfire-specific projects on the island. Instead of spending necessary funds to prevent fires caused by its equipment, Hawaiian Electric instead spent millions of dollars towards efforts to achieve a 100 percent renewable energy goal, which earned the Company bonuses that the Company’s executives used to increase their own compensation ....

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Wednesday, September 13, 2023
Can Hawaii Republicans Stop Vexatious Litigants?
By News Release @ 5:43 AM :: 1889 Views :: Ethics, Republican Party

"... Honolulu County Chair Steve Lipscomb, former State Chair candidate Charlotte Rosecrans, and former Vice-Chair and interim State Chair Lohi Goodman  dishonestly presented themselves to party members as candidates for leadership  without disclosing they signed the petition to remove Republicans from the Hawaii ballot...." 

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Monday, September 11, 2023
Bribery: Last DPP Criminal Sentenced
By News Release @ 6:05 PM :: 2319 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... employees of the DPP took bribes in exchange for performing official acts at DPP .... 

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Friday, September 8, 2023
DoE Employee Convicted of Theft
By News Release @ 5:58 AM :: 2011 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

... falsifying DOE mileage and parking forms and using DOE purchase orders and a “P-Card” to steal more than $7,000 from the DOE ....

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Tuesday, September 5, 2023
CNHA Buys Another Apartment Building--No New Affordable Units Created
By News Release @ 4:28 AM :: 1964 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, COVID-19

... “Our goal is to build equity and acquire more properties"  ....

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Friday, September 1, 2023
Suit: Hawaii governor overreaches with housing crisis proclamation
By Court House News @ 1:59 PM :: 1909 Views :: Ethics, Development, Land Use

... Native Hawaiian interest groups and environmental organizations joined the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii and the Sierra Club on Thursday ....

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Friday, September 1, 2023
UL Lab to Conduct Lahaina Investigation
By News Release @ 4:13 AM :: 1500 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... "to assess the policies and performance of state and county agencies" -- not MECO ....

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Thursday, August 31, 2023
US House Committee opens investigation into Hawaiian Electric
By News Release @ 4:14 PM :: 1707 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Ethics

"... Has the Hawai’i State Energy Office been involved? ...."

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Wednesday, August 30, 2023
Sen Keith-Agaran Resigns--Chased out by Ethics Investigation?
By News Release @ 8:59 PM :: 2847 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

“... I was appointed to this position, I didn’t run for it initially so I’m not wedded to staying in the Legislature ....”

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Tuesday, August 29, 2023
Maui Court Issues ‘Writ of Quo Warranto’ vs Green’s July 17 Housing Proclamation
By News Release @ 7:36 PM :: 2548 Views :: Ethics, Development, Land Use

... "The proclamation usurps all government power into the hands of one unelected former lobbyist" said Petitioner Tom Coffman ....

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Tuesday, August 29, 2023
‘Immediately Caught On’: Hawaii State Rep Slams Developers For Sweeping In ‘Like Vultures’ To Buy Land
By Video @ 7:10 PM :: 2159 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development

... The proclamation gave developers ways around regulations ....

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Monday, August 28, 2023
Flashback: How Andaya was selected Maui Emergency Chief
By News Release @ 8:58 PM :: 2659 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... a selection committee comprised of the Maui PD Chief Faaumu, Maui FD Chief Murray, Elton Ushio, Admin of the Kauaʻi Emergency Management Agency and Vern Miyagi, Admin of the Hawaiʻi State Emergency Management Agency ....

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Monday, August 28, 2023
Fact Check: Joe Biden Embellishes Fire Story in Recent Remarks in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 5:50 PM :: 1582 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Politicians

... The fire was insignificant, contained to the kitchen and under control within 20 minutes, according to the local fire department ....

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Monday, August 28, 2023
FEMA Holds Employee Trainings on ‘White Supremacy’ As More Than 1,000 in Hawaii Remain Missing
By Selected News Articles @ 5:36 PM :: 2213 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, First Amendment

... FEMA's "resilience" division was advised of a requirement to complete one of three three-hour diversity training modules between Aug. 1 and Sept. 28 ....

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Sunday, August 27, 2023
Lahaina Scammers
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1825 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... there is a darker side ....

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Wednesday, August 23, 2023
30 Years later--Varona Village Redevelopment Begins
By News Release @ 4:08 AM :: 1913 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... to offer the homes and lots for purchase by the tenants of record (the original plantation workers) and current Varona Village residents ....

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Tuesday, August 22, 2023
DLNR Faked 'Reassignment' of Official Who Withheld Firefighting Water
By News Release @ 5:56 PM :: 4247 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Ethics

... The ‘reassignment’ of Manuel was purposefully defective in order to allow for it to be reversed by litigation such as this ....

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Monday, August 21, 2023
Buried News: What was with that Hawaii water official getting showered with leis from 'supporters'?
By Selected News Articles @ 5:46 AM :: 4496 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, OHA

... "supporters" gathered around him, showering him with about 15 leis, which went up to his chin as he grinned happily ....

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Saturday, August 19, 2023
Housing proclamation raises ‘questions galore’
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:51 PM :: 1891 Views :: Ethics, Development, Land Use

... it selectively grants regulatory relief to projects designated by a committee of housing “czars” ....

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Saturday, August 19, 2023
Hawai’i County Police Officer Arrested for Burglary and Assault
By News Release @ 2:36 AM :: 1961 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Police

... The arrest of Kaili stems from an incident reported early Tuesday morning at a residence in Naalehu, where two masked men reportedly entered the 20-year-old victim’s residence and assaulted him ....

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Thursday, August 17, 2023
VIDEO: Hawaii Official Who Allegedly Withheld Water From Firefighters Says ‘Equity’ Comes First
By Video @ 11:55 PM :: 4840 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Ethics, Higher Education

... A Hawaiian Studies major, Kaleo prefers a traditional, holistic "One Water" approach where water is revered, not used.  Water requires "true conversations about equity" ....

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Thursday, August 17, 2023
Andaya Quits: Was at Oahu 'Networking Event' as Lahaina Burned
By News Release @ 10:37 PM :: 2799 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... “It’s a good ol’ boy network. This time it cost lives.” …. 

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Thursday, August 17, 2023
Realtors 'Cautioned' on Pressuring Lahaina Property Owners for Sales
By News Release @ 8:50 PM :: 1987 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Small Business

... According to sources, these people have been cold-calling landowners in an attempt to purchase properties from those injured and to take advantage of their vulnerable situation ....

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Monday, August 14, 2023
Hawaiian 8a Racial Contracting Finished?
By Andrew Walden @ 10:07 PM :: 3465 Views :: Ethics, Military, OHA

... 8(a) application submissions temporarily suspended ....

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Tuesday, August 8, 2023
Molokai Principal Gets Nepotism Exception
By News Release @ 3:07 AM :: 2197 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

... Only one candidate applied ....

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Saturday, July 29, 2023
Green Appoints Thielen, Hannemann ... and Ex-Con Stacy Moniz
By News Release @ 2:17 PM :: 3810 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

... The Moniz appointment is due in large part from a new law. Under a recent law, Act 260 Session Laws of Hawaii, the Governor must appoint the person nominated by the public employee unions. ....

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Wednesday, July 26, 2023
UH Pays Off Ransomware Hackers
By News Release @ 4:41 PM :: 2403 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education

... Hawaii Community College paid at least $100,000 in ransomware attack ....

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Monday, July 24, 2023
OIP Issues Four New Opinions
By News Release @ 5:06 PM :: 2408 Views :: Honolulu County, Education K-12, Ethics, OHA

... OIP also found, sua sponte, that the PCSC executive session minutes did not convey a true reflection of the matters discussed at the meeting ....

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Friday, July 21, 2023
Former Union Officer Sentenced to 140 Months in Prison for Conspiracy, Wire Fraud, and Embezzlement
By News Release @ 3:40 AM :: 2246 Views :: Ethics, Labor

... 140 months for conspiracy, wire fraud, and embezzlement from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1260 and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $209,391.72 ....

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Thursday, July 13, 2023
Hawaii Finally Outlaws Nepotism--except Legislative and Judicial
By News Release @ 4:24 AM :: 1879 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Judiciary

... It applies to almost all state employees (except those working for the legislative or judicial branches) ....

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Thursday, July 13, 2023
Hawaii Ethics: 'Community of Social Workers' Banned -- Chinese Communist Propaganda Allowed
By Rep Gene Ward @ 4:07 AM :: 1751 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

"...Thank you for giving a heads up to legislators about accepting a book from Hawai’i’s social workers because it might be an Ethics Violation...."

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Wednesday, July 12, 2023
Trail of Ethical Gaffes Leads from US Supreme Court to UH Law School
By Court House News @ 3:29 PM :: 1771 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education

... Emails and other records provided by UH Richardson Law School show justices in the program--currently co-sponsored by Case Lombardi--often met with local dignitaries and frequently dined at private clubs or the private residences of prominent UH Law School donors .... 

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Saturday, July 8, 2023
New Sunshine Law Requirements
By News Release @ 1:21 PM :: 1443 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... two 2023 laws, Act 019 and Act 125, added new Sunshine Law requirements effective July 1 and October 1, 2023 ....

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Saturday, July 8, 2023
New council will evaluate effectiveness of Hawaii DOT
By Selected News Articles @ 12:57 PM :: 1447 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Act 242, signed by Gov. Josh Green this week, established the council, which renamed the Highway Safety Council to the Hawaii Highway Safety and Modernization Council ....

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Friday, July 7, 2023
Need $60K to Pay Your Mortgage?
By News Release @ 5:02 AM :: 1633 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

... Since the program’s inception in 2021, service providers from the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement and Hawaiʻi Community Lending have been serving homeowners with the greatest needs ....

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Thursday, June 29, 2023
Report: Honolulu Liquor Commission is Still a Mess
By News Release @ 4:03 PM :: 1371 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

... how many years has this been going on? ....

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Wednesday, June 28, 2023
20 Years of Fraud--With Tokuda out of Legislature, DoH finally begins to check up on Recycling Companies
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:11 AM :: 2472 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Congressional Delegation

... in 2022, with Reynolds Recyling employee Jill Tokuda heading for Congress, the Legislature passed Act 12 which requires DOH to develop a risk-based process to address criminal fraud that the State Auditor has reported for 20 years ....

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Sunday, June 25, 2023
Economic Misfortune Can Fix Our “Shadow Budget”
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:01 AM :: 1800 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Sometimes it takes a bad situation to make another bad situation better.  This might be one of those times ....

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Saturday, June 24, 2023
New Hawaii law makes official misconduct a felony
By Selected News Articles @ 12:57 PM :: 2379 Views :: Ethics

... The punishment for a Class C felony is a minimum of one year and a maximum of five years in prison ....

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Friday, June 23, 2023
Climate Litigation Wave Crashes Into Hawaii’s Supreme Court
By Selected News Articles @ 3:25 PM :: 2956 Views :: Energy, Environment, Ethics, Judiciary

... Such lawsuits abound, with as many as 300 cases underway. Honolulu’s, though, has a twist ....

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Monday, June 19, 2023
Neighborhood Commission Office Holds Revote in Hawaii Kai Subdistrict 11
By News Release @ 11:07 PM :: 1909 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

... a computer glitch prevented Sub District 11 voters from being able to electronically submit their votes ....

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Friday, June 16, 2023
HTA: De Fries Gets Boot
By News Release @ 4:36 AM :: 1900 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

... 'Hawai‘i Tourism Authority President and CEO John De Fries Announces He Will Decline Extension of Employment Contract' LOL! ....

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Tuesday, June 13, 2023
Will Hawaii Family Courts mandate legal representation for abused foster children?
By Andrew Walden @ 10:08 PM :: 1965 Views :: Ethics, Family

... If the Judiciary does not act, the Legislature will ....

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