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Trial of Waimana/Sandwich Isles exec now underway

June 24th, 2015 · 11 Comments

The trial of Al Hee, president of Waimana Enterprises and the brother of former State Senator Clayton Hee, started yesterday with jury selection in Honolulu’s Federal District Court. Judge Susan Mollway is presiding. According to the second superseding indictment filed on March 25, 2015, Hee allegedly pursued a plan to evade taxes by claiming personal […]

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Tags: Business · Court · Crime · environment · Politics

Former PUC chair says solar industry pursing narrow self-interest in opposing NextEra buyout

June 22nd, 2015 · 6 Comments

Remember Mina Morita, the former 7-term state representative from Kauai who went on to chair the Public Utilities Commission from 2011 until early this year and push the PUC in positive directions? Henry Curtis described her career in a post on his Ililani Media blog in January 2014: She was elected to the state House […]

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Tags: Business · Energy · environment · Politics

Discovering an employee-owned supermarket chain

June 16th, 2015 · 3 Comments

Disclosure: We arrived in Des Moines, Iowa, a few days ago. Meda is here to make several presentations to judges and other court personnel, and I’m along as her escort. So far, it’s the land of thunderstorms and rising rivers. After landing, we went looking for the nearest grocery store to pick up some supplies, […]

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Tags: Business · Consumer issues · Labor

Speaker Souki stocked up on shares of Hawaiian Electric before merger announcement

June 13th, 2015 · 4 Comments

Sometime in the year before Hawaiian Electric Industries and NextEra Energy announced their proposed merger, House Speaker Joe Souki at least doubled his investment in Hawaiian Electric. And when the share price jumped after the merger was announced, he enjoyed another boost in his investment’s value. That’s the story that emerges from a review of […]

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Tags: Business · Energy · Ethics · Politics

Looking for organic products? Maybe you need to check Costco.

June 2nd, 2015 · 4 Comments

You might be surprised to learn that Costco now appears to sell more organic produce than any other retailer in the U.S., according to recent reports. I was. Organics are now very big business, not the niche market that they used to represent. And perhaps 10% of overall sales of organic products are made by […]

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Tags: Business · Consumer issues