Civil Beat Catches Rail Leaders Trying to Go 'Deep Undercover' in Washington

Adrienne LaFrance/Civil Beat

WASHINGTON — Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle looked like he had seen a ghost.

HART board Chairwoman Carrie Okinaga actually winced, like she was nauseated or maybe about to cry.

It's safe to say that the duo, along with HART interim executive director Toru Hamayasu, were not expecting to run into Civil Beat in one of the ornate hallways of the U.S. Capitol on Thursday afternoon.

It's not that they didn't know we wanted an interview.

We made repeated requests. Multiple spokeswomen repeatedly turned us down. We emailed Hamayasu directly. He didn't write back.

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