As public affairs and investigative journalists, we are all about holding people accountable.
So we’re always glad to report that other people are doing it — whether organizations, commissions or regulators — as long as they are truly doing it in the public interest.
Our in-depth profile of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission — which turns 100 this year — demonstrated how the agency has finally rediscovered its purpose and begun to look out for consumers, forcing Hawaiian Electric Co. to refund Maui customers $8 million last month.
Then there’s the state auditor office that essentially got audited. Given that it got caught violating the procurement code, the auditor might do well to take a closer look at itself.