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Saturday, May 7, 2022
Mafia News: Kahele Admits he was Picked for State Senate by Malu Motta’s Best Friend
By Video @ 11:59 PM :: 16387 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Hawaii History

... Kahele was picked for the Senate by the best friend of a double murderer.  A bribery convict helped him "transition to the State Senate", a friend of Katherine Kealoha works for him, and Honolulu's unindicted mayor made way for his Gubernatorial campaign ....

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Saturday, May 7, 2022
Audit: Caldwell Admin Signed off on ‘Deficient’ Building Permits for Three Years
By Andrew Walden @ 10:06 PM :: 3204 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... Is there a public safety hazard?  DPP’s Michael Silva can’t say ....

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Thursday, May 5, 2022
Auditor Witch Hunt Over: House Investigators Don't Bother Writing Final Report
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:23 PM :: 2059 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... the draft report upon which our comments were based was missing findings, had numerous placeholders, and was missing complete sections altogether ....

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Monday, May 2, 2022
Money Laundering: Feds Begin Targeting Sister Isle Real Estate Purchases
By News Release @ 6:04 PM :: 2777 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

"... to provide valuable data on the purchase of residential real estate by persons possibly involved in various illicit enterprises ...."

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Sunday, May 1, 2022
Archegos -Theranos - Honolulu Rail: The Price of Lying
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:14 PM :: 2483 Views :: Ethics, Rail

... What do these three multi billion dollar failures have in common? ....

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Saturday, April 23, 2022
OHA LLCs Funnel Dollars to COO, Individuals, Lawfirm
By Andrew Walden @ 9:45 PM :: 2792 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... OHA LLCs make hundreds of payments to Amazon, Best Buy, Home Depot and other retail outlets and hundreds of payments directly to named individuals ....

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Saturday, April 23, 2022
‘Deliberative process’ loophole would encourage secrecy
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:44 AM :: 1695 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

... a statutory exemption to Hawaii’s open records law ....

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Saturday, April 23, 2022
Kaimuki HS Grad Pleads Guilty to Trumpster Fraud
By News Release @ 3:31 AM :: 1916 Views :: Ethics, Republican Party

... Two Leaders Of ‘We Build The Wall’ Online Fundraising Campaign Plead Guilty To Defrauding Hundreds Of Thousands Of Donors ....

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Thursday, April 21, 2022
Jury Convicts Katherine Kealoha's Drug-Dealing Brother
By News Release @ 4:42 AM :: 2665 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Ethics, Drugs

... Federal Jury Convicts Big Island Pain Doctor Rudolph B. Puana of Conspiracy and Distribution of Oxycodone and Fentanyl ....

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Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Ethics Complaint Nails Kahele
By Selected News Articles @ 3:25 PM :: 2318 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation

... Kahele is cosponsoring legislation and taking action as a committee member that directly affects his outside employer, which is further evidenced by Hawaiian Airlines lobbying on the bills Kahele cosponsored ....

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Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Hawaii Banks Charging More Than Payday Lenders for Small Loans
By Selected News Articles @ 3:38 PM :: 2576 Views :: Ethics, Cost of Living

... FDIC-supervised institutions’ prices equal or surpass payday lenders’ in Hawaii ....

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Monday, April 18, 2022
SB2070: $50M for ‘thinly veiled scam’?
By Andrew Walden @ 11:02 PM :: 3105 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Agriculture

... When a couple of penny-stock touts, one of whom is listed in the Panama Papers, team up to sell timber futures and carbon credits what does the Legislature do? ....

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Saturday, April 16, 2022
Will Legislators loan $50M to a drunken rave promoter?
By Andrew Walden @ 8:01 PM :: 3092 Views :: Ethics

... Karamatsu Bonds have been a legislative perennial ever since he got two DUI’s while spiraling down from Vice Speaker of the House to working in Keith Kaneshiro’s corruption-riddled Honolulu Prosecutor’s office and promoting rave parties ....

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Audit: DHS Skipping Criminal Background Checks on Foster Parents
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 12:59 AM :: 2790 Views :: Ethics, Family, Law Enforcement

... auditors found 20% of case files where the state, FBI, and/or child abuse and neglect clearances were missing ....

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Monday, April 11, 2022
DPP Scandal Spreads to Liquor Commission?
By Andrew Walden @ 5:18 AM :: 3810 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

... On March 7, 2022, Co-Vice Chair of Honolulu Liquor Commission, Darren Y Lee, resigned ‘effective immediately’ .... 

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Saturday, April 9, 2022
Auditor Persecution Continues
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2152 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

... DLNR Land Division failed to bill/collect the proper base rents for the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel lease and failed to collect over $500,000 ....

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Saturday, April 2, 2022
Security Guards Checking ID of Capitol Visitors
By News Release @ 12:32 AM :: 1684 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... New procedures have been put in place to access the Capitol building ....

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Friday, April 1, 2022
Annual Report: UIPA Requests for FY2021
By News Release @ 11:30 PM :: 1269 Views :: Ethics

... The biggest change during the pandemic came in the number of routine requests estimated by the agencies ....

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Friday, April 1, 2022
Akina: Success of OHA’s Grants Program is a Strong Reason to Increase OHA’s PLT Share
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:22 PM :: 1826 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... there had been serious concerns over the integrity of the program, including concerns over favoritism ....

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Thursday, March 31, 2022
Corruption Reforms: What They Left Out
By Andrew Walden @ 11:51 PM :: 1917 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The purpose of the Commission is to dissipate reform energy in order to preserve the status quo. ... 

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Former OHA Aide Pleads Guilty to $1.2 Million Fraud and Money Laundering
By News Release @ 4:53 PM :: 2449 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Small Business

... Harleman faces up to 20 years imprisonment on each of the wire fraud counts and up to 10 years imprisonment on each of the money laundering counts, as well as a fine of up to $250,000 on each count, plus a term of supervised release up to three years ....

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Thursday, March 24, 2022
Open-records exemption would open Pandora’s box
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:48 PM :: 1812 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

... a deliberative process exemption to the UIPA would be little more than a loophole by which state agencies could evade records requests ....

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Green Energy: Schatz Gives Taxpayer Money to Maui Councilmenber's Spouse
By News Release @ 9:35 PM :: 2852 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Ethics, Congressional Delegation

... None of these insiders know anything about electricity so Schatz makes federal taxpayers to pay for experts who can do the actual work for them ....

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Agribusiness Development Corporation--Auditor Finds 'Material Weakness'
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:16 AM :: 2035 Views :: Ethics, Agriculture

... resulting in misstatements in eight different ADC accounts and a three-year delay in financial reporting ....

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Saturday, March 19, 2022
OHA Completes only 28% of Audit Recommendations
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:00 PM :: 1711 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... OHA has implemented 11 and partially implemented 13 of the 39 recommendations made in our report. An additional nine recommendations were not implemented and we determined six to be not applicable ....

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Saturday, March 19, 2022
Ethics: State Employees Can't Self-License, but they can Self-Deal
By News Release @ 9:20 PM :: 1314 Views :: Ethics

... The Employees asked whether a private business they co-own may procure the services of an Agency research facility ....

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Friday, March 18, 2022
Ten Senators Share in Lava Tube Dishonor
By News Release @ 6:14 AM :: 2669 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, COVID-19

... Kanuha Awarded Meritorious Torch of Light Award; San Buenaventura and Others Earn Lava Tube Dishonor ....

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Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Cocaine News: Councilwoman Heidi Tsuneyoshi Obtains Divorce -- After Trying to Keep Case Records Secret
By Andrew Walden @ 11:52 PM :: 17635 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, First Amendment, Judiciary, Drugs

... the only declared Hawaii Republican gubernatorial candidate to previously hold elected office has divorced her cocaine-dealer husband ....

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Saturday, March 12, 2022
Applicants Sought to Fill Vacancies on the Disciplinary Board of the Hawaii Supreme Court
By News Release @ 10:43 AM :: 1838 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

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

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Thursday, March 10, 2022
Honolulu ‘Ethics’ Commission: Kealoha Investigations Closed, Lets go After Tupola
By Andrew Walden @ 2:10 PM :: 3681 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, COVID-19

... Honolulu ‘ethics’ function--covering up for the big sharks while spearfishing manini to make it look like they are doing something ....

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Special Funds? In 2022 Legislature 100% Fail Analysis
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:14 PM :: 1988 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... We reviewed 104 Senate and House bills introduced during the 2022 legislative session proposing 63 special and revolving funds.  None satisfied the criteria set forth in section 23-11, HRS ....

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Friday, March 4, 2022
It Took Two Arrests to Do It, but Finally State Capitol Will Reopen to Public
By News Release @ 7:28 PM :: 2050 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... one month after the arrest of English and Cullen, all state facilities managed by DAGS will reopen to the general public ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Hawai'i Supreme Court Ends Deceptive Legislative Practice
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:33 AM :: 2118 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The practice of gut-and-replace allowed state lawmakers to pass laws without a full set of public hearings ....

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Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Applicants Sought for State Ethics Commission
By News Release @ 3:58 AM :: 1271 Views :: Ethics

... The Judicial Council nominates two individuals for each vacancy on the Commission. The nominees’ names are sent to the Governor, who selects one of the nominees for appointment....

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Saturday, February 26, 2022
HB2303: Help State and County Agencies Keep Their Secrets
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:08 AM :: 1417 Views :: Ethics

... HB2303 HD1, which would exempt “drafts, internal memoranda and correspondence, and other deliberative and pre-decisional materials that are a direct part of an agency’s internal decision-making process” from Hawaii’s open records law ....

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Friday, February 25, 2022
HD39: Democrats Pick Three to Replace Ty Cullen
By News Release @ 7:21 PM :: 3015 Views :: Honolulu County, Democratic Party, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Ige will choose one of the three who, remarkably, don't include former HSTA president Rosenlee ....

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Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Ban Fundraisers During Session? SB555 Goes to Senate Floor
By Selected News Articles @ 6:36 PM :: 1649 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The Hawaii Senate Judiciary Committee has recommended approval of a bill that would ban fundraising activities for lawmakers during legislative sessions. ...

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Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Conspiracy to Defraud Honolulu Homeless Program Nets Federal Prison Sentences
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 3142 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Homelessness, Law Enforcement

... Defendants Sentenced for Scheme to Defraud Local Housing Programs of Over $100,000 ....

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Cocaine News: Heidi Tsuneyoshi declares candidacy for Governor--as Republican
By News Release @ 7:00 PM :: 5910 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Office of Elections, Politicians, Drugs

... Heidi's husband, Chad Tsuneyoshi, is a federal ex-con convicted for his part in a 1000kg cocaine ring ....

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022
COVID Fraud: Stacy Higa Sentenced to 46 Months in Federal Prison
By News Release @ 6:47 PM :: 3134 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, COVID-19

... Former Executive Director of the Hawaii Commission Sentenced To 46 Months in Prison for Embezzling from AmeriCorps And Offering a Bribe in Return for CARES Act Grants ....

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Sunday, February 20, 2022
​SB555: Ban Fundraisers During Session
By News Release @ 3:03 PM :: 1540 Views :: Ethics

... The committee on JDC has scheduled a public hearing on 02-22-22 at 9:30 am. ...

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Sunday, February 20, 2022
Auditor: OHA Created $15M Special Fund, Did not Report to Legislature
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 12:48 AM :: 2182 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... Native Hawaiian Revolving Loan Fund Revolving Fund $15,448,000 ....

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Friday, February 18, 2022
Former HSTA Pres and five others on short list to become Next Ty Cullen
By News Release @ 7:00 PM :: 2579 Views :: Honolulu County, Democratic Party, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Dems will forward Rosenlee and two others to Gov Ige so he can pick Rosenlee ....

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Friday, February 18, 2022
Chief Investigator: State Attorney General Refusing to Indict Government Corruption Cases
By Andrew Walden @ 1:06 PM :: 5495 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

"The CLFCU unit was to spearhead the criminal prosecution of White Collar and government corruption crimes. So far, completed cases that were sent to the unit have not been forwarded for indictments and are held in abeyance for no reason." -- Chief Investigator Daniel Hanagami

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Thursday, February 17, 2022
SB2916: Prohibit Governor from Suspending UIPA During 'Emergency'
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:27 PM :: 1653 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

... SB2916 would prohibit the governor or mayor from suspending requests for public records or vital statistics during a declared state of emergency ....

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Thursday, February 17, 2022
Bribery: Saiki Reopens Capitol without Telling Senate, Creates 'Commission' to Stall Reform Until Next Session
By News Release @ 1:10 AM :: 2929 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... The House is re-opening the State Capitol to the public beginning March 7, 2022. House members, House staff, and the public will be required to adhere to the state vaccination policy to enter the State Capitol ....

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Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Former Hawaii State Legislators Plead Guilty to Honest Services Wire Fraud
By News Release @ 12:18 PM :: 2309 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Each defendant faces maximum penalties of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 at their sentencings, which are set before Judge Mollway on July 5, 2022 ....

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Monday, February 14, 2022
More sunshine would help combat corruption in Hawaii Legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:14 AM :: 1753 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... At times, it’s nearly impossible to know exactly why a bill was killed or who was for or against it. Such things happen behind the scenes ....

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Friday, February 11, 2022
Three Navatek Execs Indicted for Unlawful Campaign Contributions
By News Release @ 5:34 AM :: 2681 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Military

... According to the indictment, Martin Kao, 48, Clifford Chen, 48, and Lawrence “Kahele” Lum Kee, 52, all of Honolulu, were employed by a defense contractor prohibited from making contributions in federal elections ....

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Thursday, February 10, 2022
Naming Names: Who Will Cullen and English Rat Out?
By Andrew Walden @ 6:21 AM :: 7588 Views :: Honolulu County, Kauai County, Maui County, Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

... In the federal system the little fish eats the big fish.  We've got a menu .... 

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