State Lists Delinquent Tax Payers… Waiakea Villas Listed at #8 – Boxer Dennis Alexio Also Listed

This is a list of individuals and/or businesses owing large tax debts to the State of Hawaii:
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Gary T Okumura General Excise, Income $1,989,112.79
Dominic L Shewcraft General Excise, Income $1,348,666.57
S W R Office Equipment Inc General Excise, Withholding, County Surcharge, Income $803,747.09
James H Love General Excise, Withholding $734,261.78
James H Love & Blossom J Love Income $386,952.62
Blossom J Love Withholding $309,895.18
Noble George General Excise, Income $682,520.20
Waiakea Villas LL General Excise, Transient Accommodations $676,148.48
Arsalan Darmal General Excise, Income $640,373.62
Arsalan Darmal & Laila Darmal Income $5,491.30
Ronald S Carlson General Excise, Income $574,567.43
Floyd G Bloss General Excise, Income $534,461.03
Dennis R Alexio Income $531,016.31
Mark R Glavor Income $517,238.38
Mark R Glavor & Anita L Glavor Income $3,007.43
Francis K Livingston General Excise, Withholding, Income $493,680.90
Thomas Getty General Excise $482,878.84
Thomas Getty & Neria Getty Income $52,981.06
Glen M Swartwout General Excise, Income $472,199.06
Security Konsultants Inc General Excise, Withholding, County Surcharge $455,393.89
Pat E Keller General Excise, Income $445,777.85
Biodyne Provider Group Of Hi P C General Excise $426,750.78
Leslie H Funai General Excise $394,206.23
Diana Murashige Withholding $391,552.86
Myles Murashige Withholding $274,120.78
Michael E Stewart General Excise, Income $390,230.11
General Projection Systems Inc General Excise $386,315.11
Paul L Klink General Excise, Withholding, Income $371,955.22
Paul L Klink & Hiroyo Klink Income $211,578.57
Charles H Smith General Excise, Withholding, Income $358,946.84
Chris A Loughran General Excise, Income $350,715.64
Patrick J McCarthy Income $285,900.37
Eric Maehara Income $284,821.20
Michael G Moran General Excise, Withholding, Income $265,357.21
Charles M Vandersnick General Excise, Transient Accommodations, Income $208,334.73
Herbert A Heyward General Excise, Income $190,021.86
Tina A Pliura-Mohr General Excise, Income $161,057.44
Herbert J Irvin General Excise, Income $138,251.73
William D Matthies Income $125,047.52
Sandra D Thompson General Excise, Income $121,063.03

I have to snicker a bit at Waiakea Villas because I used to live there.

Hawaii Corporation Counsel Statement on County Employee Internet Scandal… County Investigating CURRENT Sites Being Visited

I just noticed that the Hawaii County Office of the Corporation Counsel has put out the following message regarding the internet scandal:

Why investigative reports must remain confidential. A recent media article discussed a Council Member’s request to obtain information from the County’s Department of Data Systems concerning alleged internet abuse by County employees. The Department of Data Systems declined to provide the Council Member the records, explaining that an ongoing investigation into this alleged abuse is ongoing. Unfortunately, subsequent blog entries and even an editorial written by a journalist professional characterized the conduct of County employees as pervasive. We understand how erroneous conclusions can be drawn based upon the fact the County cannot make these records public at this time.

Investigation into internet abuse in the County began in mid-2008 and has been ongoing. One employee has already been disciplined and his case remains pending with an administrative agency. There are other potential cases that remain under investigation. This is what the County can disclose at the moment:

1. The records compiled by the Department of Data Systems are highly sensitive, and have not been shared outside of their department with any County department, agency or person, other than on a need to know basis. This is because many County officer and employees (including the Council) may be called as witnesses in future cases.

2. If the records are released prior to formal charges (administrative or criminal) being filed, the integrity of the case and investigation may be compromised. When I served as a prosecutor, such unlawful premature release of information would be cause for dismissal or other disciplinary action.

3. These records will ultimately be released, once all investigations are completed.

Some may wonder what the harm is if these records reveal only past internet sites visited. The reason this could harm future cases and the County is because:

1. The investigation includes sites currently being visited in order to establish trends. This also involves forensic examination of hardware and downloading of saved content.

2. Disclosing the records would identify particular individuals who may not be eventually charged administratively or criminally.

No doubt the public is entitled to view these records. The sole issue is one of timing. Once the investigations are completed and final decisions are made on administrative and criminal charges, the records will be released. The County is committed to conducting and completing thorough investigations in all allegations involving employee misconduct. We are also committed to being fair to all persons involved in the investigation, and not do anything that would jeopardize its integrity.

As ever, if you have any comments or questions on the above or any matter, please feel free to email our office at Lashida@co.hawaii.hi.us, or call me at (808) 961-8304, extension 118.

(Wasn’t my blog that called it pervasive and what’s a journalist professional?  I thought they were professional journalists)

Skateboarding Down a Volcano

I used to love “Luging” when I was younger with a skateboard.

This dude “Luged” down Mt. Haleakala recently.

He’s just as crazy as I used to be… I just never had any hills like this when I was growing up.

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2009 “Kick The Boys to States” Mens Kickball Tournament

The 2009 Kick The Boys to States Kickball Tournament is happening today at the Pahoa High Field.

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This annual fundraiser is going on to help the Pahoa High School Volleyball team earn funds to go to the State Tournament this year.

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There is a good turnout of people watching the games.

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And the weather is holding up for now considering the flash flood warnings we had the last few days.

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Although, it’s only kickball, these guys are serious about the games.

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Many of the teams had matching team shirts.  This guys team was called “SWAT” (Special Weapons and Tactics: Puna)

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FBI Rival?

The tournament is held not only for the kids volleyball team, but the grown ups get to have bragging rights for the  year as well.

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And besides bragging rights, the winning teams also can take home these HUGE trophies.

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So if you drove by the High School today and you were wondering why a bunch of grown ups were playing kickball… now you know.

Here’s the Double Decker Bus I Was Talking About

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From the West Hawaii Today

Nancy Cook Lauer has an excellent article in today’s West Hawaii Today that had the above picture in it of the Double Decker bus that I blogged about yesterday.

Ms. Cook Lauer writes:

…Brown says Hawaii County currently has nine buses on order, but of the smaller variety: Five 49-passenger coach buses and four 33-passenger buses, paid for primarily with federal funds.

He’d love to get a double-decker or two for the long haul between Hilo and Kailua-Kona, Brown said. At $800,000 to $900,000 each, it depends on whether federal funding becomes available for them, he said.

“We were checking to see how it does on our roads,” he said, terming the experiment a success…

More Here

The Best Merrie Monarch Blog Post of 2009

I’m just gonna send this right over to Macario’s Blog as his recap of the 2009 Merrie Monarch is by far the Best Merrie Monarch Post I have seen this year.

If you haven’t seen his coverage of some of the events that happened last week, I suggest you check it out.

I also suggest you peruse all of his other blog posts as well as it’s a very well put together blog.