The Kama’aina Pumping Scandal Remains Scandalous

Hawai`i County SealBy Curtis Narimatsu and Pseudonym Golakers

Kama’aina Pumping Service, owned by County of Hawaii Public Works Automotive Division Head, Randy Riley, was chosen by the county under a questionable procurement contract in 1996 to provide maintenance and cleaning of dry wells and curb gutters on the Big Island.

The previous vendor of this contract was Eckard Brandes, Inc., which Riley worked for as their Big Island account representative. Allegedly Riley resigned from Eckard Brandes, started Kama’aina Pumping Service, and was awarded the contract soon thereafter. The contract was allegedly awarded to Kama’aina from Stanley Nakasone, County of Hawaii, Highways Division Division Head.  As the division chief, Nakasone would influence or determine who gets the contract for maintenance and cleaning of dry wells and curb gutters on the Big Island.

Eckard Brandes sued Riley for using proprietary company knowledge and stealing the contract in 1997. Eckard Brandes and Riley reached an out-of-court settlement.

The procurement contract was for approximately $110,000 a month, and lasted for a period of 13 years, from 1996 until 2009.

When the contract was written under a new bid specification in 2009, the County stated that the vendor bidding the contract would have to be a company based on the Big Island and had to have maintained over 200 to 300 dry wells and curb gutters over a three year period. That is when Jeff Iwasaki-Higbee, the President of Eckhard Brandeis wrote an open letter to the media and county officials alleging there was collusion on the contract between Nakasone and Riley. He also alleged the new supplemental work order issue would guarantee Kama’aina Pumping the continued county procurement contract because all other bidders would be eliminated by Kama’aina… meaning more expense to the tax payer.

Eckard Brandes President’s letter was about to be followed up by a story in one of our local dailies when Mayor Billy Kenoi’s Executive Assistant Kevin Dayton put out a press release killing the story, yanking the procurement contract, and then having the open bidding process including companies from outside this island.

The county finally awarded the contract to the same vendor but at a savings of $50,000 a month to the tax payer.

How can Kamaina Pumping Service charge $50,000 less a month when the cost of expenses and doing business has gone up over a 13-year period?

If the contract can be done at $50,000 a month cheaper now, why could it not have been done cheaper over the last 13 years which would have saved the tax payers $7,000,000. That would be $7 million of savings to our county.

The Kama’aina Pumping conflict of interest case trumps by millions of dollars Dozergate and Stan Nakasone’s alleged breach of contract vs. HMP, Inc in plundering the public treasury, to name its outdone nefaria.

In the chain of command: attorney and Public Works Deputy Director Brandon Gonzalez is the legal front for Warren Lee’s beleaguered DPW.

Warren Lee has major grief over dealing with alleged culprit Stan Nakasone, but Lee’s inertia exacerbates the alleged corruption within the Department of Public Works: Nakasone’s alleged honeypot sweetening of DPW’s Randell Riley’s Kamaaina Pumping operations.

Gonzalez’ former outfit,  the County Corporation Counsel, is again a regressive player allegedly covering up graft.

Mayor Kenoi, of course, abdicates his responsibility to address alleged graft and corruption within his own Department of Public Works, all the while spinning voodoo economics to smoke over constituents about our dire budget deficit problem.

So the same, Mayor Kenoi fails to constrain runaway work order plunder.

BTW, Mayor Kenoi needs to answer why police came calling at 2:24 a.m!

This is a very interesting story and the closing chapter still has not been written.

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  • Thomas

    879 views——nice——thanks Mike, Curtis and Go lakers……

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  • Curtis Narimatsu

    Here are samples of Mayor Kenoi’s budget shibai/b.s. –

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    Kenoi said he’s not sure there’s enough money in that fund to cover those expenses. But more importantly, he said, the $5.6 million “negative budget item,” leaving it to the mayor to find another 10 percent after three years of budget cuts, is irresponsible.

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    “I already made the tough decisions and handed it to them,” Kenoi said. “They actually increased the cost of government, regardless of the amount they increased it by.”

    http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/sections/news/local-news/council-brings-back-transit-fares-it-finalizes-budget.html

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    The mayor had originally proposed a $367 million spending plan, but the council cut millions in order to partially fund a deferred payment to gasB 45 – a payment designed to pre-fund future obligations the county has incurred to fund retirement health care in the future – a $20 million expense.

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    “It was a thousand pound gorilla,” Council Chair Dominic Yagong said of the looming payment.

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    “I think we’ve dona a pretty good job of addressing that issue,” said South Kona councilwoman and finance committee chair Brenda Ford of the gasB 45 debt. “Are there still problems in the budget as far as I’m concerned, absolutely.”

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    “I withdrew a lot of amendments…” said Ford, “because Mr. Yagong proposed a 5.6 million across the board reduction, that the mayor’s going to have to deal with. He didn’t deal with that before he sent the budget to us. And this council has now dealt with it.”

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    “You cannot expect big savings,” said council chair Yagong, “if everything you are adjusting is to pay a big expense. A 3% difference is because the intention was to deal with the deferral.”

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    On Tuesday, the council added money for police radios, an amendment introduced by Ford.

    Yagong thanked the council, staff and clerk for all their hard work on the matter.

    But in the mayor’s office an hour or so later, the feelings were far from celebratory.

    “Either the council did not know where to cut,” Kenoi said, ”or did not know how to cut, or were afraid to make the difficult decisions to reduce the size and cost of government.

    http://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2011/06/01/video-hawaii-council-passes-budget-mayor-outraged/

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    Council Chair Yagong’s correct budget reduction – same video

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    http://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2011/06/01/video-hawaii-council-passes-budget-mayor-outraged/

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    So when Mayor Kenoi lays off County workers, Mayor Kenoi has only Mayor Kenoi himself to blame, because Mayor Kenoi failed to continue our Friday furloughs, while recklessly blaming our County Council for our County Council’s correct paring down of Mayor Kenoi’s hocus pocus budget. HTH cartoonist Gary Hoff was fooled by Mayor Kenoi’s sleight of hand vs. the public, but the public should not be fooled by Mayor Kenoi’s vituperative mistreatment of our County Council.

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    • valerie saruwatari

      DANG!! curtis, you’re nailing everything!! thank you for all your writings as it is much easier for me to read & understand what is going on; are you sitting at their meetings? ….making them nervous…God bless you..

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  • Curtis Narimatsu

    http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/sections/opinion/columns/pumping-contract-allegations-place-county-knee-deep-muck.html

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    http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/sections/news/local-news/yagong-wants-budget-trimmed.html

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    Great scribe Nancy Cook Lauer’s excerpt –

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    The county has very little say in how much its employees make. All wages and furloughs are set by collective bargaining, with the governor holding four votes and each of four county mayors holding one vote.

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    Scribe Nancy Cook Lauer’s excerpt –

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    Council members earmarked almost $10 million to restore funding to what is called GASB-45, or prepaid health costs for retired county employees. Kenoi’s budget postponed $20.1 million in GASB-45 payments.

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    “We’ve done a pretty good job, not a great job, but a pretty good job to address problems in the budget,” said South Kona Councilwoman Brenda Ford, chairwoman of the Finance Committee.

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    Still, she said, union negotiations are ongoing, and it’s difficult to know whether there will be enough to handle salaries and wages.

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    “I’m still fearful of reductions in force,” Ford said.

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    I thank WHT sleuth Nancy Cook Lauer and her editor Reed Flickinger above. Council Chair Yagong & Finance Chair Ford implored Mayor Kenoi to continue our furloughs, lest we downgrade our bond borrowing rating and pay an additional $4 million or so in interest/etc. for Mayor Kenoi’s pick back on failed outcomes. Mayor Kenoi’s sorry okole excuse which panders to our unions and terminates necessitous furloughs [without continued furloughs, we have clear/present danger of downgrade in our bond rating/more interest tacked on in the millions of dollars via deferred payments] [had Mayor Kenoi continued furloughs alone for HGEA/UPW, let alone SHOPO/firefighters, we would realize some $7 million less on our indebtedness] — pick backs on others — “…. The State of Hawai‘i has declined to make GASB 45 payments, while each of the four counties has made at least partial GASB 45 payments. For the past three years, the County of Hawai‘i has made full payment under GASB 45, making payments of $13.61 million in fiscal 2008; of $14.95 million in fiscal 2009; and $15.7 million in fiscal year 2010. This budget defers the scheduled fiscal year 2011-12 GASB 45 payment, for a savings of $20.1 million. This deferral of payment will in no way affect present or future health benefits of our employees or retirees, and our plan is to resume the GASB 45 payments as the county’s financial position improves.”

    http://www.hawaiireporter.com/moody%E2%80%99s-downgrades-state-of-hawaii%E2%80%99s-general-obligation-bond-rating/123

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    Mayor Kenoi does not let the public know that our County Council pared $10+ million from our GASB 45 carryover to meet our payment obligations, and yet Mayor Kenoi loudly tin cans [with tiny pebble inside the otherwise empty tin can]/wahanui ignorant HTH cartoonist Gary Hoff’s 6/5/11 spoof that our County Council actually exceeded Mayor Kenoi’s budget by $44 Gs. Sheez, get with it, Mayor Kenoi & mis-informed Gary Hoff!!

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  • Thomas

    Its obvious to anyone paying attention, Billy Kanoi is perpetuating the the outdated old boy cronyism the has permeated Hawaii county politics for far to long.

    Lets not forget the revolving door policy also as we see the same names shuffled around, while the taxpayers foot the bill.

    Its way past time to clean house in Hawaii county. You guys have clearly got the goods on some of the BS going on down at the county building that they do not want to talk about. You make a good point, with three former journalist you would think they could formulate a reasonable response to the allegations. What are we paying them for if they have no experience or qualifications for the jobs they hold?
    Thanks for the heads up.

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  • go lakers

    Curtis-

    I agree with you.

    For the the County of Hawaii to hire former journalists (and pay them these huge salaries…which they have absolutely not earned by crafting Billy’s policies, messages and reputation centered and organized ) to be public relations reps is a stretch. It’s like bringing in a jackass/mule and trying to make a racing horse out it. No can.

    But to make these guys Executive Assistants…you got to be kidding.

    And to expect them to be not just public relations experts but now directors of the operations of County of Hawaii government…is a disservice to the voters and tax payers of this island.

    And a bigger leap than former journalists to be public relations reps (which they have failed to do) and now we are counting on them to run the nuts and bolts of County government.

    What management experience does Mr. Dayton have in supervising operations, advising on government policy and managing people? Where in the government sector or the private sector has Mr. Dayton gained this type of experience or know-how? Does he have a bachelor’s degree in public administration or an MBA?

    My understanding…zero experience in running a business, government, or an organization.

    What about Hunter Bishop? The new Deputy Director of Environmental Management has no engineering degree nor experience in environmental waste issues..it’s a good thing Frank De Marco has an engineering degree and experience…but Mr. Bishop does not.

    Any experience by Mr. Bishop in public relations?

    If either did..both Dayton and Bishop should have responded to Flicklinger’s column’s allegations concerning Kama’aina Pumping Service.

    Hell, these supposed allegations of Kama’aina are occurring in his department, reported to the West Hawaii Today by his own department employees in Environmental Management…..right under his nose. http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/sections/opinion/columns/pumping-contract-allegations-place-county-knee-deep-muck.html

    And no comment…these two are not practicing Public Relations.

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    Any public relations rep doing his job would have responded to the West Hawaii Today column… Mr Dayton responded to the Iwasaki-Higbee letter two years ago by yanking the contract and sending out a media release….and the public relations professional would have stated to the public that the county would be taking these allegations seriously, would be interviewing county employees, do a full investigation and would follow up and disclose the county’s findings and follow-up with a public statement.

    An open and transparent government!

    A county government which would not only spend and use the limited resources the county has wisely but taking VERY SERIOUSLY the supposed breach in public trust being alleged by their own employees.

    That is why I see the hot-line put together by Councilmen Dominic Yagong as a pro-active measure being we cannot even count on Dayton or Bishop to handle the issue properly because they have failed to do so.

    The hot-line would not be needed if the supposed “public relations officials” would have done their jobs.

    And why would the Mayor’s office terminate the Office of Information and Complaints…move all civil service employees out of the office..and keep only the appointed positions around the Mayor’s office.

    No wonder Council Chair Yagong set up the complaint hot-line when the public now has nowhere to get information and/or file a complaint.

    Would Mr. Dayton care to comment or does he rather enjoy blogging about “softball” subjects and issues?

    Again…maybe unqualified, inexperienced, and overpaid…no?

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  • Curtis Narimatsu

    A public/media relation pro is the opposite of a journalist, in that a public relation crisis entails damage control, not damage proliferation. And a journalist by profession is the worst pick to be a public relation pro. The most recent example par excellence of a public relation pro is Charley Sheen’s publicist, who quit because this magnanimous pro could not stomach any more b.s. from Sheen.

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    Proffer Wailuku Drive native sweetie Elisa Yadao now some 55 yrs. old or so, who couldn’t stomach Bishop Estate’s Lindsey et al & quit abruptly like Sheen’s publicist did. Bigtime news 14 yrs. ago!

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    Mayor Kenoi’s hiring of scribes Dayton/Command/Bishop at sky high salaries does not fulfill inexperienced wet-behind-the-ears greenhorn Mayor Kenoi’s perpetual craving to hide the facts via hocus pocus voodoo economics. Such hiring does him more harm than good, in that these scribes are clueless on stamping out the truth. Which is why truth prevails to date, ergo progressive reformer Council Chair Yagong & his majority peers like finance queryor Brenda Ford. Of course, if visibly shaken Command and Dayton do not prevail on behalf of Mayor Kenoi [Bishop now is at DPW Environmental Mgmt., w/no knowledge of anything therein], there are always surfing at at Kahalu’u or at Pohoiki/Honoli’i as options to madness. Therapeutic is Nature’s Way.

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    From amazing child of God Sandra K. Claveria Hilo High 1966 grad — Malama is to nurture, and malama provides for laulima, to coalesce in harmony, and laulima is the venue for aloha. ”Ua ola loko I ke aloha — love gives life within” – Mary Kawena Pukui God speed and bless dearest Sandra.

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    Fellow laulima expert Jan Kekauoha born 1937 is our devout Christ agent & blessed with immense patience and love for all and everything. Her sweetest nectar daughter Iwalani’s son is the incredibly talented vocalist Kaniala Masoe age 26. Kaniala is a prodigy of my late friend Kindy Sproat of North Kohala. Here are beautiful examples of Kaniala’s & his ohana’s songs of love. Willie K and the late martyr George Helm are super-mythic figures whose metaphysical gifts come to mind as I stoke out/enthrall in Kaniala Masoe’s amazing vocals & charisma. Enjoy.

    Great falsetto Kaniala Masoe age 26, our finest vocalist in all Hawai’i Nei, grandson of laulima master Janice Kekauoha born 1937, mother of Kaniala’s mom & sweetest nectar Iwalani.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9ntzA_IpZo&feature=related

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  • Curtis Narimatsu

    Kenoi vs. County Council

    With Smart on board, Yagong/Pilago/Ford groom a magnificent prodigy. If Blas stays

    true to his left-leaning constituents, Yagong will lead Blas/Hoffmann & gang as the new Council

    majority override vs. Kenoi’s Hilo buddahead trio of Yoshimoto/Ikeda/Onishi. Of course,

    Yagong’s majority per se, even without Blas, will engage in public good as progressive

    reformers. Yagong was Quixote in 2004 vs. Mayor Kim, feeling that diehard Democrats

    would support him. Yagong got an eye-opener, as all Democrats scrambled toward the

    hills & away from Yagong. Shows you how two-faced our Democrats really are. Even

    in Honoka’a, Yagong got double-crossed/swiped clean by our so-called diehard Democrats.

    Yagong deferred to Pilago for mayor in 2008, Yagong being content as the public guardian/

    watchdog in Yagong’s Council stint. Yagong won’t defer to Pilago in 2012, inasmuch Yagong

    has earned valorously Yagong’s run vs. Kenoi. It’s only fair that Pilago defer to Yagong,

    unless Yagong brokers a deal w/Pilago ensuring Yagong’s public good format instead of

    Galahads Yagong/Pilago splitting the vote & losing to Kenoi. As to Kenoi, each endorsement

    by Kenoi resulted in Kenoi’s choice losing the election, Kenoi’s so-called kiss of death. And

    Kenoi’s endorsement of Mufi spelled Kenoi’s demise w/Abercrombie.

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    REAPPORTIONMENT on the Big Island will be the key to who we send to the legislature next year.

    Hawaii island had an increase of over 25%, largest in the state. Puna topped it all.

    Sad that this group couldn’t get together. This reapportionment is very time sensitive.

    Thoughts on Redistricting…

    If indeed the Big Island gets another representative, the Hilo boundary will shift. It’ll be interesting to see where the lines will be drawn. I have a feel that Honokaa will be cut-off from Hamakua as it is now, so Nakashima will probably go further into Waimea.

    That maybe puts Chang into parts of where we all are, Wainaku, Papaikou could include up to Hakalau and he may have oponents, or go south into Tsuji’s. Tsuji lives in upper Waiakea.

    The Senate district moving South puts Kahele into Sen District 1. Would he run against Lorraine if she does the right thing & run? He lives in Waiakea-Uka, Sen 2. He has home also in Milolii.

    Senate 1, should it move South, will be great as it makes all of Hilo contiguous. This makes sense. Currently it’s split at Waiakea.

    I hope Takamine stays away from influencing redistricting commission to
    keep Sen 1 in Honokaa so Nakashima can go to Senate. But I think it won’t happen as the shift has to go south with Puna’s movement. So my prediction is that Puna will see lots of new candidates.

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    Dom Yagong born 1959 was star quarterback at Honoka’a High, and as is typical of

    the field general, is decisive and bold a la Gen. Patton. Dom served as our County Council

    member from Hamakua 1996-2002, at which time he recused himself for business career

    reasons, not to do with political projections. Dom ran for mayor vs. Harry Kim in

    2004 because of Harry’s bloated work force & ball-bursting budget, both of which

    portended fiscal bankruptcy. Dom confesses to throwing Dom’s hat into the ring

    w/only 8 weeks to go, such a late start, but Dom correctly knows that Harry Kim needed

    to be set straight, which Harry did not do till Harry’s end. Dom became our Hamakua

    Council member again in 2006, and deferred to Angel Pilago for mayor because of

    Dom’s business career decision — Dom has a burgeoning family which correctly require

    his heart & soul. Dom was our great Finance chair until Dom got double-crossed by

    inept renegades who propped nin-kom-poop Fresh Onishi to be Finance chair. Paradox

    is that by Dom getting liquidated by our so-called bumbling cabal [incl. Onishi/Enriques],

    Dom’s greatest feat manifested as Dom our amazingly resilient progressive reformer

    [fiscal conservative/social liberal]. These past 2 years have demonstrated Dom as

    the greatest lawmaker in the 106 year history of Hawai’i County government. No kidding.

    Dom razzes me for correctly calling Dom a borot [Filipino for show-off]. But Dom

    stops in mid-breath when I tell Dom that Frank Fasi 1920-2010 is the greatest mayor in

    the history of the Hawaiian Islands, albeit Fasi also is the most cunning/razor-sharp

    plotter in the history of politics in the Hawaiian Islands. Need I say that Harry Kim is

    the greatest carpet-bagger in the history of Hawaiian Islands politics?

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    Mayor in 2012? Take your pick.

    Dom or Angel [Pilago]? Hell commeth or banal business courtesies? Need I emphasize

    that our greatest solons are the Do-ers like Fasi/Dom Yagong? Billy Kenoi is history,

    apt for my recount. Hell commeth [vs. special interest/government profiteers] in Yagong or

    banal business courtesies? Take your pick. Yagong is the greatest lawmaker in the

    106 year history of Hawai’i County government. Hands down.

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    All praise to Council Chair Dominic Yagong

    Solon the Lawmaker and Dominic Yagong: Separated at Birth?

    The prescient and practical Dominic Yagong (born 1959) defies fiscal convention based on revenue necessity.

    Credit Dom for salvaging our coffers via Kapulena land sales — Dom upholds the values of home rule, local sovereignty, egalitarianism, altruism, and just plain common sense! So Mayor Kenoi, ever the reactor, not the proactive leader which Dom is, takes credit for the redemption of our tax coffers. But Kapulena is Dom’s seed– Sui Generis.

    The Paradox is that Kapulena is a plus for Kenoi! But a paradox is not a contradiction, and there is no contradicting that Dom is a messiah of substance — not a PR grabber like Billy Kenoi.

    Dom’s customary alter ego is Isamu Kanekuni, born 1921. Kanekuni’s mind is still sharp as a razor even approaching 90 yrs. old. He loathes that Frannie Morgan’s Hamakua Sugar land forfeitures for real property taxes require liquidation to recompense our property tax coffers, no buts about it. But Dom, ever courageous and brilliant, rejects such drivel, especially since auction on lots translates to a “steal” for the opportune buyer.

    The Holy Roman empire was neither holy nor Roman, just as our 1907 U.S.-Japan Gentlemen’s Agreement involved neither a gentleman nor an agreement. Just the same, Mayor Kenoi is neither innovative nor forthcoming. Dom is both. All praise to Dom our greatest Hawai’i County Solon in our 106 yr. history of County government.

    Biblical Ezekiel prophesied the fate of Tyre in the heart of the seas, so to speak — “shall not the isle shake at the sound of the fall,” he asks, “when the wounded so groan?” So he set a watch via sentry, and if the populace be not warned when the sword comes, the invisible hand of destiny inveighs iniquity’s reign. Dominic staunches our bleeding County coffers, in correct contravention of free spender wheelhouse roller Mayor Kenoi.

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    Keoki Kai, born 1965: our greatest political/government observer/pundit

    Keoki Kai (born 1965) is our greatest political and government pundit, blessed both with immense business background and intelligence. [Plus brilliant DNA: Tutu kane George Kai (1913-1988) was our Sir Galahad & a messiah of the unwashed and unclean of society. George's brother Ernie Kai (1905-1990) was set to be our Democratic Governor had not Jack Burns (1909-1975) purloined Ernie's appointment with destiny.]

    Keoki proffers that Dominic Yagong has both the fortitude and the practical knowhow to lead Hawaii County righteously in this decade. Kudos to Brother Keoki, steeped a wealth of business experience and natural smarts.

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    Dominic Yagong our Tom Paine incarnate

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    Dominic Yagong doesn’t have the schooling of Billy Kenoi, but Dominic has the common sense to make things right, pololei. Change orders or cost over-runs on construction and other projects eat up way more than the original cost, so Dominic wants to have Council oversight to avert runaway results harmful to taxpayers. Cost over-runs are not made public, so highly padded bills are hidden from scrutiny. Such bills end up costing taxpayers more than twice the original cost, especially in professional services contracts. America’s greatest folklore writer Mark Twain said that he never let schooling get in the way of his [life] education. So the same with Dominic, our Tom Paine incarnate, Paine the father of our American Revolution and a no more than a grade school product, author of incendiary/disturbing [to the status quo] gazette titled “Common Sense.”

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    Oh, by the way, Mark Twain is but a grade school product like Tom Paine. And Harry Truman and Ike’s chief confidant Jim Hagerty have high school diplomas and nothing more. And my Dad Toshi 1913-1998, my biggest hero, only completed the 8th grade, because in the 1920s our rigged DOE [called DoPublic-Instruction back then] forcibly kept plantation kids chained to canefield labor via unaffordable PUBLIC school tuition fees, comparable to private school tuition fees today. Dad’s Aqua Velva aftershave cologne is my favorite too because I worship my Dad.

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    Pseudonym Thomas is society’s progressive reformer

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    A Renaissance Page of Lists omitting pseudonym Thomas would be a terrible oversight. Dionysian Thomas easily is the most mind-blowing of them all. Thomas is a taboo-breaker who mines shockingly political intrigue — as in liberation or subjugation — the “transgressional” anchoring Thomas’ raison d’etre. As with moral crusaders a century ago who outlawed bared swim suits [prostitution utterly profitable back then], today’s anti-marijuana wingnuts are crime’s most effective defenders, leaving capitalist “criminals” to lord over dope sales. The myth of dope’s disintegration of society turns on its head simple common sense. Thomas restores plain action to reform society’s backward and tragic ways.

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  • Curtis Narimatsu

    Does Mayor Kenoi transfer to other departments civil service employees in his office, if any, who worked in past mayor’s offices?? At least in this regard, civil servicers are a plus who don’t campaign blindly, nor are tempted to mix Billy’s campaign uses w/taxpayer funded government property. So what about the alleged County laptop re: Billy’s last campaign allegedly which mixed private use w/taxpayer funded time/expense?

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    Jean Viernes, long time civil service, was there during Akana’s time and maybe Carpenter’s too, as well as Yamashiro’s and Kim’s. Was there when KENOI arrived until transferred. She was transferred to FIRE DEPARTMENT. ANOTHER, SANDY A. transferred to OFFICE OF AGING. She worked with Yamashiro and Kim …also was there at Kenoi’s arrival.

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    The LAPTOP was not private. It belonged to the mayor’s office, assigned to Kenoi and managed by his secretary. It was reported missing after both resigned. When it was recalled, laptop was checked [probably by the Data Office] and information given to Kim who approached Kenoi. It was a Trib front page news during the ’08 pre-primary.

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    Transfer a long time clerk Viernes who handled for years the Commission on the Status of Women?? Anybody addressing CSW next year?

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    The county council has exempt positions as assistant to the councilmember, BUT,
    there must be civil service personnel to do the legal work of the council.

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    There are permanent civil servants in the council office who are under the Council Clerk. They are the ones that do the transcribing and record all the minutes, etc. of the council. They are the ones that do all of the council agenda postings and the legal stuff, etc.

    One department that this administration changed or killed is the OFFICE OF INFORMATION AND COMPLAINTS which were managed by civil service employees, per oversight of the mayor’s exec assistant.

    WHERE DOES ONE GO TO MAKE A COMPLAINT IN THE COUNTY BUILDING??

    TRANSPARENCY!!!!!! And OPENNESS!!! WHERE??

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    http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2011/03/spending-spree-waha-nui-mayor-billy-kenoi/

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    http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2010/12/kamaaina-pumping-service/

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    http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2010/12/mayor-kenoi-no-experience-no-pedigree/

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    http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2010/11/a-rush-order-from-mayor-kenoi/

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    http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2011/02/dominic-yagong-making-solon-proud/

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    http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2010/12/county-council-chair-yagong-wants-to-curtail-contractor-overbilling/

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    http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2010/12/dominic-yagong-saves-the-day/

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    http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2010/12/a-true-tale-of-2-cities-japanese-conformist-vs-non-japanese-conformist/

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    http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2010/12/dough-for-flow-ergo-pay-to-play-our-buddahead-game/

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    • Thomas

      Curtis thanks again for all your insight into how things really work in the old boy cronyism down at Hawaii county……keep up the good work please

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    • valerie saruwatari

      curtis,
      you say it like it is, & i like what you say! God bless…

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  • Curtis Narimatsu

    Jeff Iwasaki-Higbee’s letter of thanks to HND & to West Hawaii Today’s editor Reed Flickinger –
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    For Curtis Narimatsu & Reed Flickinger

    I appreciate both of your exposure’s of Riley and Nakasone. Thank You for that.

    A slight time line correction to consider if any more articles are written concerning these two.

    Riley not only started his business while in employment with Eckard Brandes, Inc. he bid against his employer and was terminated after it was discovered.

    After termination he also filed for unemployment and a workman’s comp claim for stress of the situation that he created.

    I verbally told Stanley Nakasone and the finance director of the wrong doing after I found out.

    Eckard Brandes, Inc. formally protested the bid but, did not realize what happen until after the 5 day window for bid protest

    so its claim was time barred. However, the issue of Riley bidding and in the employment of the other bidder should have required at a minimum that both bids to be thrown out.

    Sincerely,
    Jeff Iwasaki-Higbee

    P.S. don’t forget this guy had the arrogance to run for Mayor.

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  • Curtis Narimatsu

    The independent investigative grand jury counsel is but another bureaucracy of scrutiny where the local prosecutor/corp counsel or state attorney general fails to act responsibly. But Hawai’i does not have such an independent investigative grand jury counsel system. The special grand jury format on the federal level is the analog. Or, as pidgin enunciates, “federalee.”

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_jury#United_States

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    Federal level

    Charges involving “capital or infamous crimes” under federal jurisdiction must be presented to a grand jury under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution. This has been interpreted to allow the grand jury to be bypassed for misdemeanor offenses, which can instead be charged by prosecutor’s information. Some plea agreements also stipulate that the defendant waives prosecution by indictment. However, the defendant must make this waiver in open court and after being advised of the nature of the charge and of the defendant’s rights. The U.S. Attorneys Manual states that prosecutors “must recognize that the grand jury is an independent body, whose functions include not only the investigation of crime and the initiation of criminal prosecution but also the protection of the citizenry from unfounded criminal charges.” It is not altogether uncommon for subjects or targets of the grand jury’s investigation, particularly in white-collar cases, to request or demand the opportunity to tell the grand jury their side of the story. However, the prosecutor has no legal obligation to permit such witnesses to testify,[15][16] though the Manual warns that a refusal to do so can create the appearance of unfairness.[17] The Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure prescribe that a grand jury must have from sixteen to twenty-three members and that an indictment may issue only if at least 12 jurors concur.[18]

    For members of the United States armed forces, an Article 32 hearing is used for a similar purpose.

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    A special grand jury is one of two types of grand juries that exist in the U.S. federal system. While a regular grand jury primarily decides whether to bring charges, a special grand jury is called into existence to investigate whether organized crime is occurring in the community in which it sits. This could include, for instance, organized drug activity or organized corruption in government. As provided in 18 U.S.C. § 3331(a), the U.S. District Court in every judicial district having more than four million inhabitants must impanel a special grand jury at least once every eighteen months.[19]

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    Unlike many other provisions of the Bill of Rights, the Supreme Court has ruled that this requirement was not incorporated to apply to state courts via the Fourteenth Amendment, and states therefore may elect not to use grand juries.[20]

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    In the U.S., the states of Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico and Oregon have grand juries at the county level.

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    In California, each county is required by the state constitution to have at least one grand jury impaneled at all times. Grand juries are governed by Title 4 of the California Penal Code, as well as other more general provisions. In addition, grand juries are not subject to the Brown Act.

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    Most grand juries are seated on a fiscal cycle, i.e. July through June. Most counties have panels consisting of nineteen jurors, some have as few as eleven jurors, others have as many as twenty-three (see California Penal Code Section 888.2). Jurors are usually selected on a volunteer basis.

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    These county-level grand juries primarily focus on oversight of government institutions at the county level or lower. Almost any entity that receives public money can be examined by the grand jury, including county government, cities, and special districts. Each panel selects the topics that it wishes to examine each year. A jury is not allowed to continue an oversight from a previous panel. If a jury wishes to look at a subject that a prior jury was examining, it must start its own investigation and independently verify all information. It may use information obtained from the prior jury but this information must be verified before it can be used by the current jury. Upon completing its investigation, the jury may, but is not required to, issue a report detailing its findings and recommendations.

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    The grand jury is required to publish a minimum of one report containing a minimum of one finding and one recommendation. The published reports are the only public record of the grand jury’s work; there is no minority report. Each published report includes a list of those public entities that are required or requested to respond. The format of these responses is dictated by California Penal Code Section 933.05, as is the time span in which they must respond.

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    County grand juries develop areas to examine by two avenues: juror interests, and public complaints. Complaints filed by the public are kept confidential. The protection of whistleblowers is one of the primary reasons for the confidential nature of the grand jury’s work.

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    Most county grand juries in California do not consider criminal matters, though by law they are able to. The decision of whether or not to present criminal cases to the grand jury is made by the county District Attorney.

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    Hennepin County, Minnesota (which contains Minneapolis) keeps a grand jury impaneled at all times. Each grand jury serves a term of four months, typically meets one day each week, and focuses almost exclusively on homicide cases.

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    In Kentucky, grand jurors are empaneled in each county, at the Circuit level (felonies only) for a four-month term (three panels per year). During the trial jury orientation for the given four-month term, the grand jurors are selected from the trial jury pool, although the method of selection is not necessarily random. The meetings are twice a month (however, grand juries in more populous counties generally meet more often), with each meeting usually going through 20-30 cases in a four to five hour period. The indictment rate is about 98-99%; the grand jury can broaden (about 1% of the time) or narrow (about 3% of the time) the counts in the indictment as well. Usually, fifteen or so grand jurors are required to report to meetings; the hope is that twelve will show to each meeting, which is the number of jurors required to hear cases (extra jurors can leave). It takes nine yes votes to the question of probable cause to sign a true bill of indictment. Fewer than nine yes votes either causes a no true bill or a narrowing of the indictment (depending on the votes per count).

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    The rules are very similar to the federal process; the grand jury only hears from law enforcement personnel, with the exception of property crimes, where store detectives or actual victims of theft or vandalism are called to testify. The only cases brought to the grand jury are those initiated from the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office (the prosecutor for felonies). For the vast majority of cases, the grand jurors generally only hear a recitation of facts from the police report, crime laboratory reports, and other documentation generated during the evidence gathering process. Grand jurors can ask factual questions of the witnesses and legal questions of the prosecutors. The ability to broaden or narrow indictments does technically allow for grand juries to open new avenues of investigation, although since it is dependent on prosecutors for facts, this is very rarely done. Rules of confidentiality apply to grand jurors, which are similar to the federal rules.

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    The most persistent criticism of grand juries is that jurors are not a representative sampling of the community, and are not qualified for jury service, in that they do not possess a satisfactory ability to ask pertinent questions, or sufficient understanding of local government and the concept of due process.[21] Unlike potential jurors in regular trials, grand jurors are not screened for bias or other improper factors. They are rarely read any instruction on the law, as this is not a requirement; their job is only to judge on what the prosecutor produced. The prosecutor drafts the charges and decides which witnesses to call.[9] The prosecutor is not obliged to present evidence in favor of those being investigated. Grand jury witnesses have no right to have a lawyer or family in the room, and can be charged with holding the court in contempt (punishable with incarceration for the remaining term of the grand jury) if they refuse to appear before the jury[22] and all evidence is presented by a prosecutor in a cloak of secrecy, as the prosecutor, grand jurors, and the grand jury stenographer are prohibited from disclosing what happened before the grand jury, unless ordered to do so in a judicial proceeding.[9]

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    After a grand jury was commissioned to investigate whistleblowers organization WikiLeaks, grand juries have been accused of being used as an intimidation and persecution mechanism against whistleblowers and anti-war activists.[23]

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    One of the most famous cases was the 1935 Runaway Grand Jury in New York City, which was investigating gambling and mobster Dutch Schultz. Jury members complained in open court that prosecutors were not pursuing obvious leads and hinted that the district attorney was possibly receiving payoffs. Thomas E. Dewey was appointed as an independent prosecutor and would rocket to fame on his prosecutions.[26]

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  • Curtis Narimatsu

    Steve Yamashiro’s dad was our Uchinanchu/Okinawan hero, a veterinarian by trade who helped save Okinawan natives from virtual starvation in the throes of WWII, after Japan’s defeat. As you know, Mainland Japan/Naichi north latituders regard south latitude Uchinanchu as a subhuman species, though the irony is that Uchinanchu, cosmopolitan in ethnicity, are Hollywood handsome & gorgeous, so that Naichi aspersions vs. Yamashiro’s ethnic gang are off base – that Uchinanchu are glorified gorillas w/hairy conformities-kurombo[black] skin color. The same skin color aspersions by northern Whites vs. southern Blacks. Yes, north latitudes vs. south latitudes [melanin to adjust to sun's exposure].

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    Steve came to Hilo to be corp counsel, wanting to be a quick pick judge, but Steve’s spoiled brat/haga-ee temperament doomed him ["I'm Steve Yamashiro, & I'm a Punahou grad!!"], Steve the opposite of his Biblical Moses dad, whom Steve & all Uchinanchu thruout the world worshipped. Steve’s smashed face look forced Steve to win converts by power of Steve’s acumen, & Steve’s head to the grindstone immersion in his over decade long lead as County Council chair/member transformed Steve into our eventual greatest fiscal mayor in the 106 yr. history of our County government. Irony is that Steve’s tenure as mayor 1992-2000 was followed by our worst fiscal mayors, Harry Kim & Billy Kenoi. Bill Takaba, bless Bill’s heart, is not at fault for Kim’s/Kenoi’s Waterlooz, inasmuch command authority plunks blame squarely in Kim’s/Kenoi’s hands, but the problem here for servants like Bill is that subservience/subordination do not mean extinguishing your brains in favor of mega macho testosterone-controlled Kim/Kenoi. And now Kim flirts w/notion of running in 2012 vs. Kim’s little Hawaiian boy Kenoi?? Yeah, scrotal heads a-both.

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    Steve & later Council chair Jimmy Arakaki our Uchinanchu pride [Jimmy our toughest Arnold S. hombre out of old "Ola'a," orphan & steeled to the core as our street urchin king] — both “buraku” also our biggest resort-commercial-housing developer shills, inasmuch our dynamic duo jumpstarted our bankrupt County government after our plantations went kaput going on 20 yrs. ago. In dramatically turning around our economy & increasing revenues, both men wrought immense social ills via failed infrastructure/failed cultural accentuation, not to mention being lavished by special interest “money is god” profiteers. But no, nothing on the scale of an alleged duo pillage by Nakasone/Riley, though in sum total Yama’s/Jimmy’s vertical confluence from start to finish of capitalist-entrepreneur development projects incl. several participants, not just two conflators – compare w/Nakasone-Riley in totality of the circumstances/overall gains albeit multiple recipients. In this sense, bypass/short circuit profiteering amassed ill wealth not seen since monied hellion John Ushijima’s plunder aplenty 3 decades before Yama/Jimmy. No, monoshiri/tengara/wagamama Ushijima 1924-2006 was Naichi, not Uchinanchu. Frank De Luz our Luso/Portuguese version of Ushijima [actually, De Luz a prodigy of Ushijima forebearer Bob Yamada, who was Naichi, but Bob's profiteer peer Rich Jitchaku of Onomea was Uchinanchu].

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    http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/sections/news/local-news/yamashiros-legacy-praised.html

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    Naichi Kaoru Noda never sought power, riches or fame like execrable Uchinanchu Yamashiro/Arakaki/Jitchaku, or fellow Naichi Bob “level the heiau & make it a jet runway” Yamada [irony is that Bob's sweet as sugar wife Emma is Hawaiian]/John “call me Da Man [w/the biggest wad]Ushijima [Bob/Emma/John's wife nose-up Marjorie from Laupahoehoe digs]. Kaoru my jesus incarnate for all time.

    http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/sections/news/local-news/kaoru-noda-helped-uhh-grow.html

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  • http://hawaiinewsdaily go lakers

    What’s interesting is that Kevin Dayton, the Mayor’s Executive Assistant, was the County official who yanked the procurement contract and put out a media release before Kama’aina Pumping Service, the seemingly County’s preferred contractor, was able to take the job therefore killing the story Nancy Cook Lauer had intended to write.

    Kamaaina finally got the contract by submitting a winning bid of 50k a month less than they had previously bid over the 13 years prior.

    Pretty amazing when you would think costs and expenses would gradually would go up in a 13 year period not down in order for Kama’aina to be profitable.

    This business must be operating under different business model than the rest of the business community.

    But where is Dayton now when Reed Flicklinger, West Hawaii Today Editor, in a newspaper editorial and column is alleging that Kama’aina is using the County of Hawaii Kealakehe baseyard, it’s equipment, and county employees (all paid for by the tax payer) to continue to support and provide tax payer paid for resources to this private business owned by a County of Hawaii Public Works Division Head.

    Lower level county employees, who have been alleging and seeing this type of cronyism, favoritism, graft, and corruption occur during their employment for year are fustrated and disgusted while complaining to their County supervisors and nothing gets done.

    So now these lower level county employees take another step and complain to the Legislative Auditor, who says she notified Corporation Counsel “4 or 5 months ago” (uh huh…is the Director the guy who claims on the Corporate Counsel website (again paid for by the tax payer)that the county has in the past helped disgruntled small business owners…yeah, this office has sure helped Kama’aina Pumping…by ignoring the complaints and sweeping the allegations under the carpet at the detriment of the public/tax payer).

    According to the West Hawaii Today and Flicklinger’s editorial allegations, Kamaaina is now using our tax payer paid resources like base yards, heavy equipment, and county employees to serve a County employee owned private business like it’s no body’s business and enabling this business to act with total impunity.

    Is this what Ashida is talking about when he says the County helps small business?

    It seems as if the story started due to the county’s very own employees complaining to their managers, than to the Legislative Auditor (who talked to Coroporation Counsel), and now to the West Hawaii Today because nothing is being addressed?

    Again, would Dayton care to comment on the recent Flicklinger editorial?

    Or is he just going to be a “blogger” concerning island dump sites and Highway 130?…something he had said in the past he would never do.

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    • Thomas

      What the heck is going on down at the mayors office?

      Is Kama’aina pumping really using the County of Hawaii’s Kealakehe baseyard, it’s equipment, and county employees at our expense? This demands a thorough investigation and public explanation.

      This private business is owned by a County of Hawaii Public Works Division Head. If the allegations are true isn’t that theft and abuse of position for personal gain? Who else knows about this and who is profiting from it?

      If this is not true the mayor’s office needs to issue a statement of what is really going on immediately. The official silence on the latest bombshell that Kama’aina is again abusing taxpayers with impunity spotlights the way things really are run in Hawaii county. Somebody do something. What do we pay you for?

      This private business (Kama’aina) already cost the taxpayers millions in rigged bids. Is the administration making resources available to friends of the theirs at taxpayers expense? This must be illegal, they are stealing from us. Where are the police investigators? Where are the prosecutors? Where is our legislative auditor and where is Billy Kanoi? Whats going on at the county?

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  • Joseppi

    On the Big Island, this endemic culture of cronyism and corruption in the incestuous government bureaucracy has flourished for so long is because of a lack of transparency. The burden of this problem rests squarely on the shoulders of local journalists, and the absence of vigorous and diligent journalism.
    The other factors that have cultivated this ‘Old Boy Network’ is the plantation mentality of fear and respect for those in management, while keeping your head down and working hard – And an island culture those sustenance is built on a system of reciprocating favors and family connections.
    There is nothing wrong with an island lifestyle filled with respect, hard work and helping friends and family, except when it is conducted in government with tax payer money that rewards a few at the expense of the majority.
    Since about the time Kenoi took office, I had noticed that some West Hawaii journalists had taken up their journalistic responsibilities and were engaging in some time honored muckraking. I commend them for their efforts.
    Unfortunately, because West Hawaii News has recently taken the meat clever to their Internet site and I have not been able to keep informed as much as I would like to. Hopefully, HND will become the spotlight that can beam a ray of transparency and accountability on the dark shadows of the regressive ‘Old Boy Network’.
    Keep the light shining Curtis Narimatsu. Thanks.

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  • Thomas

    Thank you Curtis for writing this eye opening article. I have been hearing about this and other abuses in Hawaii county for years.

    Hawaii county and our state in general are in their worst economic position in modern history. Yet Randy Riley, Stanley Nakasone, Lincoln Ahsida, and the rest of the old boy network that has been in place forever are still conducting business as usual. The arrogance is appalling, they are apparently above the law and they know it. We are being bleed to death by these same people that have been involved with these outrageous rip offs for decades. Where are the police and our prosecutors. All this went on with the blessing of former prosecutor Jay Kimura how could it not. They are all friends or associates, who knows what else they have gotten away with? We only know about this now because of a few dedicated people, Go Lakers, Curtis, Nancy Cook Lauer, and the persistence of a couple of people who I will not name but one man in particular found out about this and he exposed it. But still nothing happened to the perpetrators. In fact the whole county upper echelon closed ranks and protected them. Could be there are some skeletons in closets that would come out if Riley and Stanley Nakasone were brought up on charges?

    Billy Kanoi and Neil Abercrombie refuse to stop the rampant corruption that rages across our state. That goes also for all our elected officials this not new and its not a secret in the inner political circles.

    The state attorney general and FBI conducted an investigation and a lot of serious corrupt acts were uncovered still nothing happened. It appears likely that they were protected from federal prosecution by U.S. senator Daniel Inouye. The whole thing reeks.

    The taxpayers are being robbed by these practices. Its a racket that is funded even when we can not meet our other financial obligations.

    We have furloughs, and deficits, we can’t fund services or education but Randy Riley still collects a county pay check from the taxpayers and still has the county contract that for 13 years he overcharged us $50,000.00 a month for. $50,000.00 a month that’s more than many people on this island earn in a year working their butts off.

    How can that be? What does that say about Billy Kenoi? That he allows this to continue telling jokes and partying the whole time while floating 56 million in bonds and trying to deffer 20 million in obligations. Cut the fat and scams Billy we see you.

    My bet is this is just the tip of the ice berg we need to demand an investigation and accountability.

    Thanks again Curtis, I look forward to your next expose………

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  • http://hawaiinewsdaily Curtis Narimatsu

    Yes, typos in first comment — correct “like” instead of “likes” — “Genesis’” instead of “Genesis’s.”
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    Of course, the problem w/generations of bureaucrats is that they don’t want to change things, they just “want in,” [to feed off graft/corruption/ole' boys network] so to speak, too interested in power and development, working inhouse as allegedly here w/Nakasone & Riley, & working too closely w/special interests/big land developers/contractors/hotel interests/engineers-consultants-planners-architects/etc. Their hostility against progressive reformers go lakers and pseudonym Thomas grow unabated.

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  • http://hawaiinewsdaily Curtis Narimatsu

    Is it reckless to suppose that silence is bought, or the result of one’s own miscue? Irony is that Stan Nakasone, who really has the look of a drop dead Hollywood-handsome Hapa Hawaiian, got positive renown by way of former Mayor Dante Carpenter’s violation of the civil service laws when belligerent arrogant Carpenter trumped alleged parasite Jippy Mattos over deserving Nakasone over 2 decades ago. So the victim Nakasone now is the alleged perp/violator. Is it reckless to suppose that losses to the Body Public top $10 million — including but not limited to our value of the dollar being so different at the start/Before vs. the end/Now? Actually, do we even have an end in sight? Is it reckless to wish that Colleen Schrandt transforms from a housecat to Sheeba? The “Priam” metaphor above visualizes Stan/Randy walking the plank to their end, as the priest intones, “God have mercy on their souls.” Pseudonym/blameless go lakers has been subjected to government retaliation, thence the pseudonym. Valiant heroic go lakers broke open/started the observation of Randy’s private business impunity on County premises to great scribe Nancy Cook Lauer [& vicariously, editor Reed Flickinger], only to be reckoned rewardingly in spirit/soul [not one penny pocketed] bigtime when the Higbee open letter exploded onto the scene, revealing alleged graft and corruption of unprecedented historic proportions, running into the millions of dollars over a long span of time, with managerial hotshots in & out of government aware of the momentous sheenanigans. Only a fella or gal w/a huge hole in one’s head would want to be in Warren Lee’s shoes at this time. Added layer of alleged obfuscation via Gonzalez exacerbates the situation. Biblical Joseph go lakers is our secular savior.

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  • http://none Curtis Narimatsu

    http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2010/12/kamaaina-pumping-service/
    http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2010/12/aha-dozergate-pau/
    http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2010/12/dozergate-keeps-opening-to-more-opalawaste/
    http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2010/12/brian-kajikawaunrelated-dozergate/
    http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2010/12/hmp-victimized-by-county-breach-of-conract-procurement-violation/
    http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2011/01/colleen-schrandt-hawai%e2%80%99i-county-legislative-auditor/
    http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2010/12/fluid-progressive-like-maile-david-vs-retrograde-orthodoxy-like-link-ashida/

    Incredulously, Mayor Kenoi abdicates his responsibility to address alleged graft and corruption within his own Dept. of Public Works Dept., while spinning voodoo economics to smoke over constituents about our dire budget deficit problem.
    http://westhawaiitoday.com/sections/news/local-news/council-seeks-budget-cuts.html

    http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/articles/2011/05/18/local_news/local03.txt

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    “Pretty slick politics there.Get the east and west fighting over who is or isn’t paying to much or getting what they pay for.Instead of having us focused on the bloated bureaucracy, corrupt culture and mismanagement at the state and county level.There would be plenty to go around if we could get real fiscal management for the taxpayers instead of the politics dictating how our money is spent.There are to many tax dollars funneled to friends of the administrations, that hurt taxpayers. Locally Kamaaina Pumping, a company owned by county Public Works Automotive Division Director Randy Riley, was implicated in bid rigging and ethical concerns over contracts to clean county drywells

    It cost us millions of dollars and went on for years. Specifications for the contract were altered so the only qualifier was Kamaaina Pumping.

    East and west side should be united in bring an end to the corrupt culture that exist. “

    Lets not forget Dozergate and Stan Nakasone’s breach vs. HMP in plundering the public treasury. All this went on while prosecutor Jay Kimura and corporate counsel Lincoln Asshida looked and covered for it while the tax payers were basically robbed. Then we have atty Brandon Gonzalez feeding off tax payers to be the legal hack /shill for Warren Lee’s beleaguered DPW. Lee has major grief over dealing with alleged culprit Stan Nakasone. Lee’s inertia exacerbates the alleged corruption within [DPW], ergo Nakasone’s alleged ultra-honeypot sweetening of DPW’s Randall Riley’s Kamaaina Pumping operations. Gonzalez’ former outfit, County Corp. Counsel, again a regressive player allegedly covering up graft.

    If Abercrombie wants to help tax payers have him send in the State attorney general and clean up the corrupt culture rampant for so long.

    Don’t be fooled this is politics Abercrombie was a tax and spend congressman has not changed.”

    http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/articles/2011/05/22/local_news/local02.txt

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    King Priam of Troy enters the Greek camp incognito & makes his way to Achilles’ tent to beg for the body of his son. Achilles rises, takes Priam’s hand, and raises him gently to his feet, “in pity for the grey head and the grey beard.” Carefully, tenderly, assuagingly, he hands over Hector’s body, concerned that the weight of the deceased son is too much for the frail old father. And then the 2 enemies look at each other in silent solemnity and awe –

    “Priam, son of Dardanos, gazed upon Achilles, wondering at his size and beauty, for he seemed likes an outright vision — Of Gods. Achilles in turn gazed on Dardanian Priam — And Wondered — as he saw his brave looks, and studied intently this amazing old man.” In the midst of the deadliest of wars and of immense carnage, the mutual shared suffering and misery of it all — finally enabled each man to transcend his hatred and see the sacred mystery of his enemy. Sentients impellingly desire Faith as the answer to our deepest human yearnings without needing to accept the overproud formality of organized belief, fostered by our testosterone male gender, vs. our doyenne Sacreds such as Marianne Cope/Mabel Smyth/Ragna Rath/Mabel Wilcox/etc. Yaakov’s epiphany at Peniel was his apex, yet he was unable to build upon it, just as Genesis’s later yrs. were characterized by his debilitating human contagion of egotism. When Yaakov’s daughter Dinah is raped, Yaakov is more concerned about his standing in the region than with her suffering. And instead of treating all members of his family with equal affection [though all are different/unique -- Nippon "ningen samazama"], he shows a selfish ingratiating partiality to his favorite son which nearly causes fatal consequences. Compassion for alleged perps Riley and Nakasone et al is possible even in our torn and indifferent existence, and some such as KingLit Ching born 1936 have even wrought heroic levels of kindness and grace, just as ancient Xunzi insisted. Not discordant, not petty nor overproud. Have mercy on our detractors. They too cannot explain the mysteries of the universe in one page.

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