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Hawaii deemed ‘sinkhole’ state by fiscal watchdog for pension debt

Hawaii makes the list of top five sink hole states

HONOLULU — A report by a fiscal watchdog deems Hawaii one of the worst “sinkhole” states for its growing debt burden to taxpayers. Chicago-based Truth in Accounting reviewed the finances of every state, focusing on unfunded liabilities such as pension and health care obligations to current and retired public-sector workers, for its annual “State of […]

August 29th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

District challenge to former Hawaii House speaker heats up

LT. Governor Shan Tsustui and House Speaker Calvin Say (file Photo)

BY JACKIE M. YOUNG -  HONOLULU - State Rep. Calvin Say's residency in the district he represents and his ability to continue to represent that district in Hawaii’s state House is being threatened in state Circuit Court. The former House Speaker has been a state representative for more than 30 years for District 20, which […]

August 28th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Small business owners in jeopardy of being shut down by Honolulu rail project

RAILROADED: Small businesses along the planned Honolulu rail route are concerned the rail construction will put them out of business.

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — Cliff Garcia operates Tropical's Lamps & Shades on land his family has owned in the Kakaako district near downtown Honolulu for the past 70 years. The city planned to route a controversial $5.2 billion rail project several yards behind Garcia’s store, but Garcia learned the city changed the route. Current […]

August 28th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

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

Kawika Buchanan declines to speak to or look at reporters as he leaves the federal court house May 8

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 […]

August 26th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

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

US District Court - 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 […]

August 26th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Hawaii commission opens investigation into election day debacles

Hawaii Chief Elections Officer Scott Nago

HONOLULU — Three Hawaii lawmakers called on the State Elections Commission to fire Chief Elections Officer Scott Nago Friday during a standing room-only commission meeting. They were among several people outraged over recent debacles surrounding Hawaii Island’s primary and special elections. “The decisions made in this election were just pitifully poor. Frankly, Mr. Nago needs to […]

August 26th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Pflueger's sentencing in Ka loko dam breach case delayed a third time

James Pflueger

Retired auto dealer James Pflueger was scheduled to be in court Thursday, Aug. 28, to be sentenced in Kauai’s Fifth Circuit Court for recklessly causing the deaths of 7 people when his Ka Loko dam breached on March 14, 2006. However, his attorneys successfully negotiated yet another delay in the case, which has dragged on […]

August 25th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

ACLU sues state so Hawaii Island residents impacted by storm can vote

Hawaii Supreme Court

HONOLULU — The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Thursday on behalf of potentially thousands of Hawaii Island residents asking the Hawaii Supreme Court to allow them to participate in the election after the fact. Hawaii’s Primary Election was scheduled to wrap up Aug. 9, but Tropical Storm Iselle slammed into Hawaii Island the […]

August 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Former Hawaii Island Legislator Robert Herkes Dies

Robert Herkes

Long time legislator Robert Herkes has died at the age of 83. The former Democratic member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, represented District 5 on Hawaii Island since 1992. Previous to winning a state House seat, Herkes appointed to the Hawaii State Senate in 1988, and served on the Hawaii City Council in 1984. […]

August 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Hawaii's largest insurance provider pulls small business plans from health exchange

Hawaii Health Connector sign ups connect under 3 percent of the population with healthcare

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s health-care exchange, the Hawaii Health Connector, has taken another blow. Hawaii Medical Service Association, the state’s largest health insurer, won’t participate in the Connector’s Small Business Health Options Program, or SHOP, as of January. The connector, already under fire for being the most costly exchange in the nation, is left with just one insurance […]

August 20th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

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