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Matson to pay $1 million for Honolulu molasses spill under plea agreement

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — Matson Terminals Inc., the company responsible for spilling 220,000 gallons of molasses into Honolulu Harbor in September 2013, has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor violations of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, court records show. The molasses spill killed 26,000 fish and much of the reef in Honolulu Harbor […]

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No consequences for key politician in Kauai dam breach tragedy

Friday, October 17th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - KILAUEA, KAUAI – Retired Auto Dealer Jimmy Pflueger was sentenced to 7 months in prison Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. He pleaded “no contest” to a Reckless Endangering charge filed against him by the state attorney in Nov. 2008 after his dam breached on March 14, 2006, killing 7 people. The state […]

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Pflueger sentenced in Kauai dam breach tragedy that killed 7 people

Thursday, October 16th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - LIHUE, KAUAI –  More than eight years after the Ka Loko Dam breached on Kauai’s North Shore killing 7 people and an unborn child, James Pflueger, the man the state said was responsible for causing the breach, was sentenced to 7 months in prison. Deputy attorney general Vince Kanemoto told Kauai’s […]

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Pflueger sends inflammatory letter to victim of Kauai dam breach

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - KILAUEA, KAUAI – Just hours before Jimmy Pflueger is sentenced on a “Reckless Endangering” felony charge brought against him by the state after his Ka Loko Dam breached on March 14, 2006, killing 7 people, Hawaii Reporter has obtained an inflammatory letter Pflueger wrote last month to one of the victims. […]

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Hawaii students get gift cards to participate in sex education program

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU – The University of Hawaii Center on Disability Studies gives gift cards to middle school students who participate in a controversial sex education program. The gift cards, valued at between $10 and $20 each, are issued to 11, 12 and 13-year-olds who participate in Pono Choices. About $52,200 of a $5 million […]

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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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