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Hawaii State Ethics Commission

Chad Blair: Is Rowena Akana’s Political Career On The Line? Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Is Rowena Akana’s Political Career On The Line?

The longest-serving OHA trustee faces allegations of ethics violations while also waging a re-election fight.

Bills Would Water Down Financial Disclosures For Unpaid State Officials Flickr: Images_of_Money

Bills Would Water Down Financial Disclosures For Unpaid State Officials

Supporters say current requirements discourage volunteers, but opponents say they help prevent conflicts of interest.

Hawaii Auditor Demands Investigation Into Leak Of OHA Audit Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Auditor Demands Investigation Into Leak Of OHA Audit

Les Kondo says a release to the media of a draft audit into problems at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs violated state ethics law.

DOE Official Fined For Using State Resources On Her Doctoral Work Civil Beat file photo

DOE Official Fined For Using State Resources On Her Doctoral Work

The Department of Education has now opened its own investigation of Suzanne Mulcahy.
Chad Blair: Special Interests Spend Big On Their Lobbyists Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Special Interests Spend Big On Their Lobbyists

Ethics Commission reports provide some details about what Hawaii’s professional persuaders spend, and what they earn.

Chad Blair: Hawaii’s Surprising Number Of Lobbyists Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Hawaii’s Surprising Number Of Lobbyists

It doesn’t take a whole lot to satisfy the state’s legal definition of a lobbyist.

Ian Lind: Tightening The Rules For Lobbyists Wikimedia Commons

Ian Lind: Tightening The Rules For Lobbyists

Lobbyists spent millions trying to influence lawmakers last year.

How Hawaii Companies Pay To Party It Up With Public Officials Flickr: David Brooks

How Hawaii Companies Pay To Party It Up With Public Officials

A conference held last month on Kauai shows how Hawaii’s business elite pay money to help wine and dine influential public officials.

School Cleared In Ethics Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat

School Cleared In Ethics Case

The Hawaii Supreme Court has overturned a conflict-of-interest case due to conflicting state statutes.
Ethics Investigation Ends In Penalty Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ethics Investigation Ends In Penalty

Failure to report real property interests results in $300 administrative penalty for Sen. Josh Green.
Hawaii Lawmakers Again Balk At Ethics, Lobbying Reform Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmakers Again Balk At Ethics, Lobbying Reform

Bills to close loopholes and tighten restrictions died mysteriously at the end of the legislative session.
Hawaii Ethics Commission Picks Interim Director Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Ethics Commission Picks Interim Director

More than two weeks after advertising for a new executive director, the commission still awaits a first applicant.
Hawaii State Ethics Commission