In a recent episode of E Hana Kakou, Grassroot President Keli’i Akina interviewed LaVonda Atkinson, the now-famous whistle-blower on the San Francisco Rail project. Atkinson’s experience offers some important lessons for Hawaii. Not only in terms of how our Rail project has the potential to overrun costs and timelines in a way that the taxpayers never imagined–though that is a serious concern.
Hawaii News Now recently did a report on the transparency lawsuit which shows Grassroot at work on behalf of Native Hawaiians and the general public. The refusal of the Roll Commission to be transparent and release information the public has a right to know is what required Grassroot and Judicial Watch to intervene. Had the Roll Commission complied with any of the information requests (including once the Office of Information Practices was involved), then there would be no reason to