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Oahu Farm Fined $460,000 After U.S. Department of Labor Investigators Document "Deplorable" Conditions, Back Wages Owed

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 in Special Investigation&Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU – Fat Law Farm, which distributes herbs and vegetables to Safeway, D. Otani Produce and a number of other stores locally, and is exports 80 percent of Hawaiian-grown basil to the U.S. mainland and Canada, has been fined nearly a half a million dollars by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage […]

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Pflueger's Sentencing for Ka Loko Dam Deaths Delayed Again

Thursday, April 10th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU – The Ka Loko Dam breached eight years ago on March 14, 2006, killing 7 people and an unborn child when 370 million gallons of water and the debris it carried crashed into the community below. Aurora Solveig Fehring, her husband Alan Gareth Dingwall, and their 2-year-old son, Rowan Grey […]

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Hawaii gets better marks for new online transparency system

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — Hawaii state government no longer is failing when it comes to spending transparency. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund’s new report “Following the Money 2014: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data” gives Hawaii a “C” this year. The government watchdog group called this […]

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'Diverse' population one of many factors in Hawaii's failing health exchange

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — Six state health exchange directors, including the head of Hawaii’s Obamacare exchange, were grilled Thursday by multiple U.S. House committees trying to determine why the websites aren't working properly. The committees are looking into how the six states with troubled Obamacare exchanges spent hundreds of millions of dollars in federal […]

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Obama takes sides in Hawaii's contentious Senate Democratic primary

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — President Barack Obama has inserted himself into Hawaii’s most contentious political race, endorsing U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz over challenger U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the state’s upcoming U.S. Senate election. "I have worked with Senator Schatz on the issues that matter to Hawaii. Brian's deep commitment to the people of Hawaii […]

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Obama vacation to Hawaii, Africa cost taxpayers nearly $16 million

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — U.S. taxpayers spent nearly $16 million to fly the Obamas to, from and around Hawaii and Africa, Air Force records, obtained by Judicial Watch, show. "The Obama family 2013-2014 vacation to Honolulu cost $210,877 per hour for travel alone; at 36.9 total hours, the cost to taxpayers for the vacation's flight […]

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Hawaii's Thai laborers 'exploited, abused, subject to barbaric security measures', federal judge rules

Monday, March 24th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU - The Beverly Hills-based farm labor contractor, Global Horizons, Inc., is liable for “harassing, discriminating, and retaliating against hundreds of Thai workers in the U.S., in violation of federal anti-discrimination laws,” the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Monday. U.S. District Court Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi issued an order in […]

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Hawaii lawmaker challenges Alabama group’s ‘Teaching Tolerance’

Friday, March 21st, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — Hawaii state Rep. Bob McDermott has asked the Alabama State Bar Disciplinary Commission to investigate the Southern Poverty Law Center’s top administrators. This comes after the Alabama-based nonprofit paid Hawaii public school teachers $250 to attend a workshop and implement the center’s K-12 English and history “Teaching Tolerance” curriculum. Hawaii […]

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Hawaii lawmakers lament defense cuts in Asia-Pacific theater

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN -  HONOLULU – It’s a lot of bad news, says one Hawaii Democrat. U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, says planned Department of Defense cuts to the state’s military budget are going to hurt. Beginning Oct. 1, Hawaii expected $449.5 million for a series of construction […]

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Familes still waiting for justice 8 years after Ka Loko Dam breach killed their loved ones

Friday, March 14th, 2014 in Special Features

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - KILAUEA, KAUAI – Eight years ago just before dawn, the Ka Loko Dam on Kauai’s north shore breached, sending a forceful 370 million gallons of water crashing down on the community sleeping peacefully below. After more than 40 days of rain that drenched the island, the Ka Loko Reservoir reached its […]

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