Case Study in Hawaii Ethics Enforcement

Michael Levine/Civil Beat

In Hawaii, we have rules. But we don't always follow them.

Case in point is what I learned about how the Hawaii Ethics Commission handled the mandatory financial disclosure statement filing from William Aila Jr., Gov. Neil Abercrombie's nominee to run the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.

An investigation of a possible conflict of interest revealed by a Big Island newspaper led me to the Ethics Commission Monday. What I discovered was that Aila failed to file his statement on time and that he may not be alone.

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