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

FAT LAW BASIL FARM

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 […]

April 15th, 2014 | Posted in Special Investigation,Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Hawaii lawmaker renews fight to end or revise controversial sex ed program

Rep. Bob McDermott doesn’t want his children, who attend public school, exposed to the "pono choices" program

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — State Rep. Bob McDermott, who enrolled his eight children in Hawaii’s public schools, doesn’t want his 11-year-old son exposed to a controversial taxpayer-funded sex education program. That program is taught in 12 public schools across the state, and the Hawaii Department of Education is planning to expand the curriculum to […]

February 3rd, 2014 | Posted in Special Investigation | Read More »

Marijuana export could pay off Hawaii’s unfunded liabilities, lawmaker said

SHE HASN'T INHALED: But House Majority Floor Leader Rida Cabanilla wants to legalize Marijuana cultivation and export to pay off state debt. Her plan is supported by Rep. Faye Hanohano and Rep. Richard Creagan, M.D.

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN- She promised she hasn’t inhaled, but House Majority Floor Leader Rida Cabanilla is looking to marijuana to solve some of Hawaii financial troubles. Cabanilla said she hopes to legalize cultivation, manufacturing and exporting of marijuana and marijuana food products in Hawaii to pay off the state’s billions of dollars in unfunded liabilities as well as make infrastructure […]

January 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Special Investigation | Read More »

Sunny Christmas: First Family and Dog Bo to Leave Cold DC for $4 Million Hawaiian Vacation

President Barack Obama and family, 2013

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - KAILUA, Hawaii – The now familiar signs that President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia and First Dog Bo will be arriving in Hawaii for Christmas are appearing in the close knit beachside community on Oahu’s windward side. Coast Guard officials have contacted boat owners in the […]

December 16th, 2013 | Posted in Special Investigation | Read More »

Man at center of university procurement scandal back on the job

University of Hawaii Associate Vice President for Capital Improvements Brian K. Minaai, now on paid leave as the attorney general investigates allegations against him of favortism

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU —  The man at the center of a procurement scandal at the University of Hawaii has returned to work. Brian Minaai, associate vice president for Capitol Improvements since 2008, has been on paid leave for nearly eight months as the state attorney general investigated allegations of favoritism in the procurement of construction projects. The investigation […]

September 12th, 2013 | Posted in Special Investigation | Read More »

University of Hawaii President MRC Greenwood, A Frequent Flier

UH President M.R.C. Greenwood

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU - MRC Greenwood has traveled for nearly one year out of her four-year tenure as University of Hawaii President, according to records obtained from the University administration. (see MRC Greenwood's travel records) Between June 2009 and February 2013, Greenwood was out of state for 238 days and traveling between islands for […]

March 22nd, 2013 | Posted in Special Investigation,Today in Hawaii | Read More »

University of Hawaii Procurement Officer Involved in 1982 Voter Fraud Scandal

Construction contractor details controversy over project at University of Hawaii at Hilo

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — Allegations of corruption surrounding the University of Hawaii’s billion-dollar construction and procurement program have settled on Brian Minaai, a university administrator one contractor called “a nightmare” guilty at least of “blatant mismanagement.” School officials say they’ve asked the state attorney general to investigate the charges, including claims that Minaai directed contracts to […]

March 21st, 2013 | Posted in Special Investigation,Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Give Me Some Sugar! With Tuition on the Rise, University of Hawaii Students are Turning to Sugar Daddies to Cover the Cost

Seekingarrangement.com

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - With tuition at the University of Hawaii rising 141 percent over the last 11 years, female students have found an unconventional method to cover the cost of education that can now cost nearly $10,000 a year for an undergraduate degree. They are signing up in record numbers with SeekingArrangement.com, a dating […]

January 28th, 2013 | Posted in Special Investigation,Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Accused Rapist Caught In The Act, Police Say

Dewitt L. Long

BY JIM DOOLEY - A state probationer suing Honolulu police for alleged civil rights violations is facing new criminal charges after police reported last month that they caught him in the act of raping a 13-year-old girl, according to court records. Dewitt Lamar Long, 45, filed suit against the HPD last year, claiming officers violated his […]

November 28th, 2012 | Posted in Special Investigation,Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Residents Alerted to Obamas' Hawaiian Holiday Plans

Obamas Christmas Photo in 2012

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - KAILUA, OAHU - Residents living near the beachfront homes where President Barack Obama and First Family vacation with their friends every year since 2008 were alerted on Monday to some specifics of the Obamas' holiday vacation plans. The report delivered to residents living along the ocean and canal that surrounds the multi-million […]

November 27th, 2012 | Posted in Special Investigation,Today in Hawaii | Read More »

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