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.

Hawaii House leader fined a record $50,000 for ethics violations

By   /  September 29, 2014  /  Hawaii, News, State Government  /  No Comments

House Majority Whip Romy Cachola

By Malia Zimmerman | Watchdog.org
HONOLULU – State House Majority Whip Romy Cachola, a Democrat from Kalihi, has been fined $50,000 by the Honolulu Ethics Commission for alleged ethics violations after settling his case with the panel.
Chuck Totto, the commission’s executive director and legal counsel, said this is the largest civil fine approved by the commission.
“Public corruption [...]

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Second Amendment advocates score victory in Hawaii court

By   /  September 26, 2014  /  News  /  No Comments

Photo by U.S. District Court-Hawaii

A legal victory for Second Amendment advocates will lead to a significant change in Hawaii’s firearms law.

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Fired chief procurement officer blows whistle on Hawaii DOE procurement troubles

By   /  September 25, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Audits, News  /  No Comments

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he former chief procurement officer for the Hawaii State Department of Education has filed a whistleblower lawsuit in Oahu’s 1st Circuit Court.

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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 | Watchdog.org
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 | Watchdog.org
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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