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Exclusive: Portlock madam releases black book

Malia Arciero

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU - A 33-year-old madam who operated her elite prostitution business from Portlock, one of Hawaii’s most prestigious neighborhoods, for about a decade, said her list of clientele included a former member of Hawaii’s congressional delegation, judges, a deputy prosecutor and celebrities. Malia Arciero, who is being held at the Honolulu […]

May 16th, 2014 | Posted in Special Investigation,Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Portlock Ex-Madam Makes Stunning Allegations in a Civil Lawsuit Against Hawaii ICE Agent

Malia Arciero

HONOLULU – A 33-year-old madam who said her elite escort business offered prostitution services to some of Hawaii’s most prominent judges, politicians and entertainers, has made stunning allegations in a civil lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court against a Special Agent with Homeland Security Investigations U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement division. Malia Arciero, a Portlock […]

May 9th, 2014 | Posted in Special Investigation | Read More »

Pflueger's company pays $350,000 fine for 7 counts of manslaughter under controversial plea deal

James Pflueger

HONOLULU - Court documents released Wednesday by the state attorney general’s office show a company owned by retired auto dealer James Pflueger has paid $350,000 to the state of Hawaii. The money was part of a controversial plea deal that let’s Pflueger’s company, Pacific 808 Properties LP, and not Pflueger himself, take responsibility for 7 […]

April 17th, 2014 | Posted in Special Investigation,Today in Hawaii | Read More »

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

FAT LAW FARM: Hawaii's largest exporter of basil to the mainland United States and Canada.

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

Rep. Rida Cabanilla speaks to the press

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 »

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