Malia Zimmerman co-founded the investigative news organization, Hawaii Reporter, in February 2002. Malia reports daily for KHVH News Radio 830 AM, a local Clear Channel station, and hosts a monthly inspirational television show on the local CBS affiliate called You've Got the Power. Malia has freelanced for ABC 20/20, People magazine, Inside Edition, Fox News and publications such as the Washington Times, Bangkok Post and the Wall Street Journal. Malia and the reporters who worked under her have won numerous awards for their investigative reporting.

Oahu defense contractor sentenced on espionage charges

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  Hawaii, News  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy US Attorney

Benjamin Pierce Bishop, 60, a one-time respected retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and civilian contractor, will spend more than seven years in federal prison after a conviction on espionage charges.

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Hawaii’s ‘most unusual political candidate’ vying to be next congressman

By   /  September 17, 2014  /  Hawaii, News  /  No Comments

Photo by Kawika Crowley

By Malia Zimmerman |
KANEOHE – Kawika Crowley, the Republican running for U.S. House District 2 in November, is quite possibly the state’s most interesting politician in 2014.
The 60-year-old native Hawaiian smokes cigars and fights for smokers’ rights, his home and campaign headquarters are in his 1995 Plymouth Voyager, and in heavily unionized, blue Hawaii, [...]

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Hawaii cannabis minister released from federal prison after extended stay

By   /  September 12, 2014  /  Hawaii, News  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Roger Christie

By Malia Zimmerman |
HONOLULU — Roger Christie, the Big Island minister imprisoned in Honolulu for years for selling marijuana as “sacrament” to his followers, has been released from Hawaii’s Federal Detention Center to a halfway house.
The 64-year-old preacher, who claims marijuana is a religious sacrament and openly sold cannabis in Hilo as part of his [...]

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Hawaii lawmakers may ease access to medical marijuana

By   /  September 11, 2014  /  Hawaii, National, News  /  No Comments

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By Malia Zimmerman |
HONOLULU — Hawaii residents will have a chance to voice their opinion on establishing a statewide system to dispense medical marijuana during a public hearing before the Hawaii Medical Marijuana Dispensary Task Force.
The final hearing will be held Sept. 24 at 5 pm. at the Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium. A first public hearing was [...]

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Controversial sex education program reinstated in Hawaii public schools

By   /  September 5, 2014  /  Hawaii, News  /  No Comments

Hi Rep. Bob McDermott holds up a copy of notes from an 11-year-old student enrolled in the sex education classes in the state's public schools. Many parents complained the content is inappropriate and graphic for their children.

The Hawaii State Department of Education will reinstate the controversial “Pono Choices” sex education curriculum, but after pressure from some parents and lawmakers, the program for middle school students will include some key revisions.

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Hawaii deemed ‘sinkhole’ state by fiscal watchdog for pension debt

By   /  September 2, 2014  /  Hawaii, News  /  No Comments


A report by a fiscal watchdog deems Hawaii one of the worst “sinkhole” states for its growing debt burden to taxpayers.

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