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Reluctant Standards Commission Proposes Term Limits For Hawaii Lawmakers Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Reluctant Standards Commission Proposes Term Limits For Hawaii Lawmakers

The panel also forwarded a bill on legislative meetings but will take more time to examine proposals on public records, meetings and a state voters guide.

Former Honolulu Chief Building Examiner Will Plead Guilty To Bribery Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Former Honolulu Chief Building Examiner Will Plead Guilty To Bribery

Wayne Inouye will appear in court later this month to change his plea to guilty.

Hawaii Commission To Vet New Bills To Boost Public Access To Government Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii Commission To Vet New Bills To Boost Public Access To Government

Two measures that were vetoed by Gov. David Ige are among the proposals the panel plans to take up this week in its effort to restore public trust.

Ex-Hawaii Contractor Pleads Guilty To Making Illegal Donations To US Sen. Susan Collins U.S. Sen. Susan Collins/2019

Ex-Hawaii Contractor Pleads Guilty To Making Illegal Donations To US Sen. Susan Collins

The hearing came about three weeks after Martin Kao admitted to obtaining more than $12.8 million in pandemic relief loans under false pretenses in a separate case.

Maui Bribery Case: Milton Choy And Stewart Stant Plead Guilty Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Maui Bribery Case: Milton Choy And Stewart Stant Plead Guilty

Both men admitted in court that they conspired to funnel lucrative contracts to one of Choy’s companies.

Victorino Orders Audit Of No-Bid Contracts Linked To Maui Bribery Case Ludwig Laab/Civil Beat/2022

Victorino Orders Audit Of No-Bid Contracts Linked To Maui Bribery Case

The contracts that were the target of an FBI investigation were awarded under former Mayor Alan Arakawa’s administration.

Wastewater Executive Milton Choy Charged With Bribing Former Maui Official Screenshot: Hawaii Senate

Wastewater Executive Milton Choy Charged With Bribing Former Maui Official

The county’s former environmental management director was also indicted for accepting more than $2 million in bribes to steer contracts to Choy’s company.

Attorney For Mitsunaga’s Engineering Firm Has Been Arrested In Bribery Case Blaze Lovell/CivilBeat/2019

Attorney For Mitsunaga’s Engineering Firm Has Been Arrested In Bribery Case

Sheri Jean Tanaka, who was arrested in California, is the sixth defendant indicted in the case centered on former Honolulu prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro.

Hawaii Pain Doctor Rudy Puana Sentenced To 7.5 Years For Drug Offenses Hawaii News Now

Hawaii Pain Doctor Rudy Puana Sentenced To 7.5 Years For Drug Offenses

Calling it a gross abuse of trust, the judge also weighed evidence showing that Puana has gotten sober and is unlikely to reoffend.

Federal Judge Denies Katherine Kealoha’s Request For Bail Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Federal Judge Denies Katherine Kealoha’s Request For Bail

A hearing will be held later to determine whether Kealoha can appeal her conviction.