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Cachola fined a record $50,000 for City Ethics Violations

Saturday, September 27th, 2014 in News&Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU – State House Majority Whip Romy Cachola, a Democrat from Kalihi, has been fined $50,000 by the Honolulu Ethics Commission for alleged ethics violations after settling his case with the panel. Chuck Totto, the commission’s executive director and legal counsel, said this is the largest civil fine approved by the commission. “Public […]

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Fired chief procurement officer blows whistle on Hawaii DOE procurement troubles

Saturday, September 27th, 2014 in News&Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU— The former chief procurement officer for the Hawaii Department of Education has filed a whistleblower lawsuit in Oahu’s 1st Circuit Court. Andrell Aoki is an experienced lawyer trained in procurement law and was responsible for overseeing $100 million in DOE contracts annually since 2007. Aoki says she was wrongly terminated in March because […]

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Former Portlock madam wants drug charges against her dismissed

Friday, September 19th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU - The attorney for 33-year-old Malia Arciero, a madam who operated her business out of the elite Oahu neighborhood Portlock for about a decade, has filed a motion to drug possession and drug dealing charges against her dismissed. Arciero, who said her elite escort business offered prostitution services to some of […]

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9-11 Victims, We Must Never Forget, Including Those With Hawaii Ties

Thursday, September 11th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - September 11, 2014 marks the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and the sacrifice and bravery of those aboard United Airlines Flight 93. Some 3,500 people died in the attacks, including 9 with ties to Hawaii. Rich Lee, 34, a Punahou graduate, who played […]

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Molokai ex con who used investors' money for virtual games, girls, sentenced to prison

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU – David “Kawika” Buchanan lived a life of fantasy. That is until his virtual house of cards came crashing down in U.S. District Court Monday, Aug. 25, when he was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison for fraud. The 47-year-old isn’t employed, lives with his parents and reportedly is […]

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First of trio of credit union thieves sentenced in Honolulu U.S. District Court

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU - The financial safeguards at the OTS Employees Federal Credit Union were so weak, three of its four employees, including the chief executive officer, were stealing from the federally-insured financial institution. Ironically, the three employees, Dona Takushi, Jenny Nishida and Nicole Cheung, who were caught embezzling a combined total of […]

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Hawaii's remote Puna area will play big role in picking next U.S. senator

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 in News

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — Puna, a district on the island Big Island of Hawaii, is described by the Lonely Planet travel blog as “a new, eclectic population of mainland retirees, nouveau hippies, off-the-grid minimalists, funky artists, New Age seekers, Hawaiian sovereignty activists, organic farmers and the odd pakalolo (marijuana) grower.” Two weeks ago, few predicted the […]

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Alleged Honolulu Teen Bank Robbers Picture Themselves with Cash on Facebook

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU - Probably the first rule of committing armed robbery, don’t post yourself with the cash you stole on your social media account. But that’s exactly what Marcus Kalani Watson and Rogussia Eddie Allen Danielson did, according to an Aug. 11 FBI affidavit made public Aug. 12. Watson, 19, who goes […]

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Is Abercrombie using human misery to gain political favor?

Friday, August 8th, 2014 in News

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - When Superstorm Sandy slammed into the East Coast just says before the 2012 Presidential election, President Barack Obama, was a major part of the news cycle and it was much more difficult for candidate Mitt Romney to any news coverage. There is great debate over whether the added publicity actually put […]

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Has Hawaii’s governor lost his mojo?

Thursday, August 7th, 2014 in News

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — Just months after becoming governor in 2010, Neil Abercrombie was ranked by Public Policy Polling as the nation’s most unpopular governor. In the past three years, his continued to spiral downward. With the Democratic primary set for Saturday, key political polls show he is trailing behind his relatively unknown opponent, […]

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