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Saturday, October 15, 2022
House Ethics Committee Investigating Kai Kahele
By News Release @ 3:50 AM :: 2017 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation

... decided to extend the matter regarding Representative Kaiali’i Kahele, which was transmitted to the Committee by the Office of Congressional Ethics on August 30, 2022 ....

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Thursday, October 13, 2022
​The ‘mailbox conspiracy’ and what it says about corruption in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:31 PM :: 3765 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Hawaii History, Police

... Hawaii doesn’t have any more or less corruption than any other part of the country, but it does lack whistleblowers and introspection, which makes combating corruption so difficult ....

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Sunday, October 9, 2022
Dirty OHA Contract is Model for CNHA Takeover of Tourism Marketing
By Andrew Walden @ 9:37 PM :: 5373 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, OHA, Tourism

... Ige’s March 4, 2020, COVID Emergency legalized over half of CNHA’s corruption ....

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Sunday, October 9, 2022
Drunk With Power: Rep. Har Refuses Debate 'in the tavern or bar of her choice'
By News Release @ 6:01 PM :: 2595 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

“...If it would make Ms. Har more at ease, I’m willing to meet her in the tavern, or bar of her choice to conduct the debate....”

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Sunday, October 9, 2022
Love-Hate Relationship with P3
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1922 Views :: Ethics, Development, Hawaii State Government

... The most recent and visible example is our iconic Aloha Stadium .... 

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Sunday, October 9, 2022
Ethics: How Maile Shimabukuro Illegally Campaigns at Nanakuli School Parade
By News Release @ 3:47 AM :: 3034 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Politicians

... only incumbents get to pass out goodies ....

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Thursday, October 6, 2022
Federal Court Ruling: Sen. Karl Rhoads participated in Honolulu County Council Kickback scheme
By Andrew Walden @ 11:35 PM :: 18552 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Politicians

...When Honolulu County Council member Andy Mirikitani faced trial in 2001 for fraud, theft, extortion, and bribery, key testimony came from Cynthia McMillan, the wife of now-State Senator Karl Rhoads (D-Downtown Honolulu)....  

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Thursday, October 6, 2022
HVCB and CNHA "have found a way forward in partnership"
By News Release @ 4:46 AM :: 1717 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

“I am very pleased with the progress that the two organizations have made in coming together so that we can move forward in the best interest of the State,” said DBEDT Director Mike McCartney....

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Exemptions to open-records law should favor disclosure, not secrecy
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:45 PM :: 1858 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

... draft legislation would incorporate a “deliberative process privilege” into the state Uniform Information Practices Act ....

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Friday, September 30, 2022
Rape in Turkmenistan: How HPD Rejects Female Police Recruit
By Court House News @ 12:48 AM :: 3007 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police

... her husband had “sold [her] a few times for [] money in order to buy himself alcohol and pay gambling debts . . . [while] he kept a knife by the throat of [her] 6 month son.” ....

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Thursday, September 29, 2022
State, Counties seek candidates to serve on boards and commissions
By News Release @ 9:26 PM :: 2931 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... City boards, commissions and committees which currently have vacant positions, including openings on the Honolulu Ethics Commission and the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation ....

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Surprise: OHA secretly borrowed $2M to finance Tribal ‘Aha  
By Andrew Walden @ 6:51 PM :: 2435 Views :: Akaka Bill, Ethics, OHA

... CEO Sylvia Hussey described the purpose for paying off the debt was to bring OHA into compliance with better practice as to how it finances operations ....

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Auditor: HTA oversight lax, internal controls deficient
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:01 AM :: 2323 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

... HTA had disregarded its own procurement policies and procedures, awarding sole source contracts based on questionable justifications, paying contractors without executed contracts ....

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Monday, September 26, 2022
CNHA Terrified of COVID Fraud Investigation
By News Release @ 4:20 PM :: 3984 Views :: Ethics, OHA, COVID-19

... You are bringing the Feds in to get us.  Other corrupt officials may go down ....

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Saturday, September 17, 2022
Dawn Takeuchi Apuna named Acting Director of City’s Department of Planning and Permitting
By News Release @ 8:29 PM :: 2483 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

"...very difficult and demanding challenge,” said Mayor Rick Blangiardi....

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Friday, September 16, 2022
SEC Fines Bank of Hawaii in ‘Pay to Play’ Scheme
By Andrew Walden @ 11:10 PM :: 2566 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education

... A Bank of Hawaii officer oversaw major UH investment management contracts after dropping a $1000 contribution into Governor David Ige’s 2018 reelection campaign ....

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Thursday, September 15, 2022
Indictments: Choy Paid $2M Bribes to Maui County Environmental Management Director
By News Release @ 11:57 PM :: 2370 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... analysis of county procurement records shows that since 2012, Choy’s firm received more than 40 non-bid Maui County contracts valued at around $20 million ....

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Corruption in Paradise -- Government Watchdogs Look the Other Way
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:19 AM :: 3793 Views :: Ethics

... many government watchdog entities appear to have been willfully ignoring, or even tacitly approving, some of Hawaii’s most egregious corruption scandals, according to Randy Roth ....

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Friday, September 2, 2022
Legislature Paves Way for Issuance of SPRBs for Carbon Credits – Or Does It?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:46 PM :: 2758 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Ethics, Agriculture, Development

... there is a line item for renting four 480-square-foot units from the Four Seasons for nearly $300,000 a year ....

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Friday, September 2, 2022
Good Medicine for OHA’s “Red Flags”
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:36 PM :: 2326 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... Here are some examples of “Red Flag” disbursements by OHA and the concerns raised by CLA ....

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Sunday, August 28, 2022
Dept. of Education Welcomes Two New $190K Hires
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2140 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Labor

... in excess of $579,000 once fringe benefits are factored in ....

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Audit: Maui County Zoning ‘Heavily Politicized’
By News Release @ 2:50 AM :: 1790 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development

... ZAED lost the majority of its supervisory personnel in 2021, and only one has been filled as of January 2022 ....

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Sunday, August 7, 2022
HSTA Forced to Stop Enrolling Hawaii Teachers in Illegal For-Profit Education Scheme
By Andrew Walden @ 12:45 AM :: 3590 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Higher Education, Labor

... According the a July 18, 2022 letter from the US Department of Education, EGCC was illegally looting Pell Grant money to provide ‘free’ tuition ....

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Psychics and Recreational Drugs: SEC Charges Hawaii SemiSub with Fraud
By News Release @ 11:35 PM :: 2191 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement, Tourism

... defendants misappropriated a significant portion of the funds to pay for psychics and recreational drugs ....

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Friday, July 29, 2022
27 Candidates Fail to File Financial Disclosures
By News Release @ 11:53 PM :: 2705 Views :: Ethics, Office of Elections, Politicians

... information about a candidate’s sources of income; business ownership interests; officer or director positions in businesses; debts; real property interests; clients represented before state agencies; and creditor interests in an insolvent business ....

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Thursday, July 28, 2022
Confucius Institutes Rebrand to Circumvent U.S. Policy, Report Finds
By News Release @ 8:08 PM :: 3692 Views :: Ethics, World News, First Amendment, Higher Education

... The University of Hawaii Manoa invited at least two CI staff to remain on campus ....

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Thursday, July 28, 2022
VIDEO: Cayetano, Kahele Hold Joint Press Conference to Question Green Finances
By Video @ 4:35 AM :: 2548 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Politicians, COVID-19

... Where did this money come from? ....

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Monday, July 25, 2022
Four Charged in Big Island Affordable Housing Corruption Scheme
By News Release @ 9:31 PM :: 2825 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Development

... the indictment alleges Rudo solicited and accepted multiple bribes and kickbacks from Sulla, Zamber and Budhabhatti ....

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Wednesday, July 20, 2022
ERS Hides $96.75M of So-Called ‘Tech’ Investments--Losses Begin to Mount
By Andrew Walden @ 9:30 PM :: 3772 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Tax Credits

... Taxpayer losses are in the billions.  Now they are grabbing for public employees’ retirement fund.  How much will retirees lose? ....

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Army Conducts Review of Facility Use by Political Entities
By News Release @ 11:51 PM :: 1984 Views :: Ethics, Military, Politicians

... District 21 incumbent state Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, District 44 incumbent state Rep. Cedric Gates and District 44 challenger Darius Kila ....

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Saturday, July 16, 2022
Bishop Museum Board: "Frustration, stress, and fear"
By News Release @ 3:32 PM :: 3309 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii History

... A number of talented staff have left the museum in recent months, many citing a toxic work environment ....

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022
DBEDT: More Taxpayer Money Going to High Tech Schemers
By News Release @ 4:23 AM :: 1609 Views :: Ethics, Small Business

... Hawai‘i Small Business Capital Program (HI-CAP) Collateral Support Program, designed to assist borrowers in obtaining financing that might otherwise be unavailable due to a collateral shortfall ....

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Monday, July 11, 2022
Three Former Hawaii Correctional Officers Convicted of Assaulting Inmate and Attempting Cover Up
By News Release @ 5:45 PM :: 1973 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Law Enforcement

... Over the course of two minutes, the defendants punched and kicked the inmate in the head and body while he was lying face-down in a pool of his own blood. The inmate suffered a broken nose, jaw and eye socket ....

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Former Hawaii Senate Majority Leader and Cocaine Dealer Sentenced to 40 Months in Federal Prison
By News Release @ 12:15 PM :: 2647 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... tip of the iceberg ....

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Bodycam Video Rep Matt LoPresti DUI Arrest
By Video @ 12:02 PM :: 2940 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement, Politicians

... Bodycam video of Matt Lopresti getting arested for DUI (again) ....

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Sunday, July 3, 2022
Ige right to veto bill OK’d via ‘gut and replace’
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:51 PM :: 1587 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

... HB 1147 originally started out as a capital improvements project bill in 2021, but this year lawmakers removed the projects and replaced them with operating appropriations for HTA ....

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Friday, July 1, 2022
Ethics: Honolulu City Board Member Refuses to File Financial Disclosure
By News Release @ 9:47 PM :: 2064 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

... the Commission hereby recommends to the Board Member’s Appointing Authority that the Board Member should be removed from the Board ....

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022
He Owned the Land for Just a Day, But Received 212 Credits from County
By Selected News Articles @ 10:21 PM :: 5433 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Development, Land Use, Tax Credits

“...Rajesh Budhabhatti is a subject of a public corruption/wire fraud case....”

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Friday, June 17, 2022
Bribery: Kaneshiro, Mitsunaga Arrested by FBI
By Selected News Articles @ 4:48 PM :: 5903 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Law Enforcement

... Kaneshiro was on paid leave for two years ....

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Secret Swearing in for Joe Logan Designed to Head Off New Questions About Special Treatment
By Andrew Walden @ 3:04 AM :: 2349 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police

... is the protection of ‘FOP’ (friends and family of the police) so ingrained in the force that they need not hear directly from Joe Logan to know that they should let his meth addict son off the hook again and again? ....

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Thursday, June 9, 2022
Volta Securities Fraud: Did Latest Hawaii High Tech Fail Take a Bite out of ERS?
By Andrew Walden @ 10:05 PM :: 2411 Views :: Ethics, Tax Credits

... Securities fraud, insider trading, $26.7 M in hidden executive stock awards?  Yes.  Hawaii’s high-tech tax credit schemers are at it again ....

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Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Cocaine News Update: Is Council District 2 Reserved for Crime Families?
By Andrew Walden @ 11:41 PM :: 7881 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Politicians, Drugs

... Council Dist 2: Makua Rothman vs convicted cocaine dealer Chad Tsuneyoshi ....

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Saturday, June 4, 2022
Hawaii Mission Academy Sued Over ‘White Privilege’ Attack on Hapa Girl
By Andrew Walden @ 11:22 PM :: 4734 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

... How much money will Hawaii private school boards be willing to pay lawyers for the ‘privilege’ of pushing this latest pseudo-intellectual academic fad on their students? ....

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Thursday, June 2, 2022
Republicans Reject Biden Nominee for Hawaii US Marshall
By News Release @ 3:00 PM :: 3510 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Republican Party

... “Symbolic of Widespread Corruption in Hawaii” ....

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Saturday, May 28, 2022
Audit: 'No Limits' to HPD Overtime
By News Release @ 7:37 PM :: 2405 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police

... overtime cards, which document overtime requests and approval for payroll purposes, are managed manually, increasing the risk for human error, abuse, and fraud ....

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Monday, May 23, 2022
Ige Appoints Two to Ethics Commission
By News Release @ 9:54 PM :: 1496 Views :: Ethics

... Governor David Ige re-appointed Wesley Fong to a new four-year term on the Hawai‘i State Ethics Commission, and appointed Dr. Robert Hong to fill a seat soon to be vacated by outgoing Commissioner Melinda Wood ....

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Saturday, May 14, 2022
Joe Negeuse Appointed to Represent Hawaii Congressional District 2
By Andrew Walden @ 10:22 PM :: 2864 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation

... According to an on-line biography, “Neguse and his wife Andrea live in Lafayette, CO, where they are raising their young daughter, Natalie.” ....

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Friday, May 13, 2022
After Bribery Convictions, Legislators Tout Ethics Reforms
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 2052 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Office of Elections

... 8 of the 14 bills identified by Commission were adopted by 2022 Legislature ....

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Monday, May 9, 2022
14 'Good Government' Bills Heading to Governor
By Selected News Articles @ 3:42 PM :: 1542 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Common Cause Hawaii 2022 Legislative Wrap-Up ....

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Sunday, May 8, 2022
UIPA and Sunshine Bills Passed in 2022 Legislative Session
By News Release @ 4:00 AM :: 2139 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

... The Hawaii State Legislature has passed the following bills and resolution concerning the Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA) and Sunshine Law ....

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