Sunny Skies, Shady Characters: Cops, Killers, and


    Download Book Best Sellers in PDF format island society, names of respected public figures and those of violent criminals filled his notebook entertainer Don Ho, US Senator Daniel Inouye, Governors George Ariyoshi and Ben Cayetano, Mayor Frank Fasi, and notorious felons Henry Huihui, Nappy Pulawa, and Ronnie Ching Woven throughout is the name of Big Island rancher Larry Mehau was he the godfather of organized crime in Hawaii as alleged by the FBI, or simply an ex cop who befriended power brokers in the course of doing business for his security guard firm The book includes a timeline of Mehau s activities to allow readers to judge for themselves."/>
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  • 238 pages
  • Sunny Skies, Shady Characters: Cops, Killers, and Corruption in the Aloha State (A Latitude 20 Book)
  • James Dooley
  • English
  • 07 April 2018

10 thoughts on “Sunny Skies, Shady Characters: Cops, Killers, and Corruption in the Aloha State (A Latitude 20 Book)

  1. Peter Shirts Peter Shirts says:

    Some interesting stories and research highlighting corruption and crime in Hawaii desperately in need of a good editor.


  2. Robert Robert says:

    This is a better review than I could write It s a bit of a choppy read but full is recent history Shady Characters Tell a Spicy History of HawaiiVeteran reporter Jim Dooley s new book recounts his coverage of the state s darker side political scandals, crime and corruption.By Neal MilnerRonald Ching, the first and only hit man Hawaii s long time investigative reporter James Dooley ever interviewed, was not your average professional killer.Dooley writes about Ching and many other Hawaii crim This is a better review than I could write It s a bit of a choppy read but full is recent history Shady Characters Tell a Spicy History of HawaiiVeteran reporter Jim Dooley s new book recounts his coverage of the state s darker side political scandals, crime and corruption.By Neal MilnerRonald Ching, the first and only hit man Hawaii s long time investigative reporter James Dooley ever interviewed, was not your average professional killer.Dooley writes about Ching and many other Hawaii crime and corruption stories, all of which he first brought to light as a news reporter, in his new book Sunny Skies, Shady Characters Cops, Killers, and Corruption in the Aloha State Ching wasn t a loner protecting his anonymity by living quietly and staying in the shadows In his day job he was a Teamster TV and movie production truck driver who regularly appeared on the set of Magnum, P.I Ronnie, as his friends called him, was also different because he was not interested in murder contract offers from some anonymous person thousands of miles away No flying first class with a thin valise concealing who knows what to bump off a stranger.Instead, Ching liked to do his killing close to his home Really close to his house.Among other murders, Ching was convicted of a kidnapping and killing that took place in the parking lot of his Kapiolani Boulevard apartment He also admitted to a hit that took place in a bar just a block from that same building.In fact, less than an hour after that bar killing and while the cops were still there, Ching strolled back to the bar to see how things were going down there.Have gun, will travel between Chinatown and Ala Moana.As Dooley shows, some of the corruption in Hawaii, like Ching himself, was bloody and sinister, involving the Mob, Yakuza, and pitched battles between rival Teamster Union members Other scandals like the Bishop Estate and Kukui Plaza affairs, may not have involved violence, but in their own way they were as outrageous, crude and blatant as a Mafia hit.Crookedness Openly DefendedThe state s corruption, again like Ching, was also kind of quirky It had a simple, small time crudeness that you hardly see in Hawaii any .No government official today would defend crookedness the way that the head of Mayor Frank Fasi s Honolulu redevelopment agency justified the corruption that was involved in building and occupying the city s new Kukui Plaza apartments.The city built the downtown Kukui Plaza supposedly for people with low or moderate incomes People who were displaced by the project were supposed to get first crack at the units Instead, Fasi s friends and supporters got to jump the line Sometimes in our system the people who have the right kind of friends, they get what you might call equity Many other bad things happened The mayor used the construction as a way to reward his supporters A big Fasi fundraiser got a no bid contract to supply all of the high rise s carpeting The mayor gave another supporter a contract for the building s parking in exchange for political support That was such an obvious quid pro quo that the supporter not the mayor went to prison.So that is what the development official was defending when Dooley quotes him saying this to the City Council Sometimes in our system the people who have the right kind of friends, they get what you might call equity Today, corruption is less dramatic andpeaceful here It is no longer a good time to be a contract killer or a Yakuza trying to hide his maimed finger from the airport customs officials.There are also fewer opportunities for large insider real estate deals like the ones described in the Gavan Dawes and George Cooper book, Land and Power in Hawaii, and it is hard to imagine any future financial and political scandal as huge and smarmy as the one involving the Bishop Estate.Hawaii today is less small time,business like, andwired into the global economy As the place has changed, corruption has changed along with it.Diamond Head with Hotels and condominiums in the foreground 27 march 2015 photograph Cory Lum Civil BeatLike everything else in Honolulu, corruption has evolved.Corruption may be quieter and subtler now, but it continues to exist because the key forces that drove corruption during Dooley s time are still there.These enabling threads of corruption include a tolerance of conflicts of interest the acceptance of the idea that it s OK to use politics to reward your friends and, most important of all, the involvement of government agencies that are either complicit or inept.The Bishop Estate ScandalDooley does an excellent job in reminding people just how outrageous the Bishop Estate scandal was from the late 1980s to the early 1990s.The Bishop Estate scandal where to begin Start with the fact that trustees managed a billion dollar plus charitable trust, with all the proceeds going to Kamehameha Schools.The scandalous laundry list included inappropriate financial behavior on the part of the estate s trustees and conflicts of interest on the part of not just the trustees but also high level political officials In addition, there was arbitrary, illegal behavior by the trustees regarding their administration of Kamehameha Schools It is both fascinating and sadly horrifying to follow the blustery, twisted excuses that then Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Herman Lum used to justify his blatant conflict of interest.One trustee went to jail, the rest resigned No politicians did either.In the Bishop debacle, rewarding your friends and defining away conflicts of interest was rampant among politicians, judges and of course the trustees themselves Just as bad were the hypocrisy and head in the sand rationalizations that judges, politicians, and Bishop trustee used to justify their behavior It is both fascinating and sadly horrifying to follow the blustery, twisted excuses that then Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Herman Lum used to justify his blatant conflict of interest regarding the affairs of the Bishop Estate.His claims could never pass any smell test, but so what Lum could confidently declare that he did not have a conflict of interest because the rules at the time allowed the Chief Justice to decide for himself whether he did or not Show of hands How many of you would like to decide for yourself how much you owe in taxes Not to mention the fact that by the rules of the Hawaii Supreme Court, justices chose the Bishop trustees.Important government officials, like the entire Hawaii Supreme Court for instance, were clearly complicit But at other times the corruption wasinsidious because it was legal The law allowed for this bad behavior.Many of these tawdry dealings, in the words of New York Times columnist Joe Nocera describing some Wall Street behavior, were legal, even as they oozed with sleaze Want the fullest picture of the Bishop fiasco Read Samuel P King and Randall W Roth, Broken Trust Greed, Mismanagement, And Political Manipulation at America s Largest Charitable Trust Today, Money Trumps FriendshipNothing today matches the Bishop Estate affair s score on the sleaze o meter, but there are still significant conflicts of interests, and the law still allows this to happen.Right now, the most visible ones have to do with the Honolulu City Council The city s Ethics Commission recently fined two former City Council members for failing to disclose their conflicts of interest while in office Romy Cachola, one of the guilty parties, has claimed that other City Council members have done the same.State Representative Romy Cachola sits at the House floor 14 april 2015 photograph by Cory Lum Civil BeatNow a state representative, Romy Cachola claimed he wasn t the only Honolulu City Council member who didn t disclose conflicts of interest.While the laws worked in those two cases, a silly and potentially paralyzing legal conflict between the Honolulu Mayor s Office and the Ethics Commission could potentially limit any further investigation of Cachola s charges.During much of the period that Dooley covers, rewarding your friends was about personal connections.He describes the way Pundy Yokouchi, a Maui real estate developer with strong connections to Gov John Burns and the Democratic Party and a member of the Maui Planning Commission, justified the land deals that made a number of Maui Democratic politicians rich It wasn t a nefarious plot, he Yokouchi said It just happened Maui is a small place, everybody knew everybody else, family and personal connections were deep and complicated Today things are less personal andpolitical campaign donors rather than friends and relatives Pay to play, whereby a company needs to donate to a politician s political campaign in order to get government contracts, is certainly not new, but relative to rewarding your friends and neighbors, it has becomeprominent Though pay to play may be hard to prove legally for one thing it is difficult to show that there was an explicit quid pro quo , it does not take an expert in campaign finance to figure out who the big campaign donors are and what results from that calculated generosity.Pay to play s success depends either on government complicity or government cluelessness.Just Read the State AuditsYou can see evidence of both in the state s procurement process, where state agencies draw up the qualifications a company must have in order to qualify for a government contract.There are procurement laws in place, as there have been for a long time, but as the state auditor regularly reports, the procurement process is bereft and shady in a number of state agencies.This is a constant problem, especially with some key agencies.Time and again the state auditor s reports show that state agencies often have little clue about what s going on in their operation Agencies fail to monitor both the criteria for getting governments and the results of the contractors work Back in the days of Kukui Plaza, friendship brought about access Now, it slikely big money does the trick.That s not new In the early 1990s when Dooley was trying to investigate the political connections of tax delinquents, he discovered that the state s Department of Taxation had no reliable list of tax delinquents and no hope of getting one In fact, the director of the tax department told him just that.When it comes to bad monitoring and lax procurement practices, the state Department of Transportation is one of the biggest violators This was true when Dooley was digging up stories He shows how during the Cayetano administration the DOT s Airports Division wrote job specs that illegally loaded the dice in favor of local contractors Dooley also describes Cayetano s unconvincing attempt to deny any involvement in this The most recent state auditor s report shows that the Department of Transportation continues to get just about every part of the procurement process wrong.This trashing of the procurement process invites corruption In the past, that is exactly what some high level politicians and low level bureaucrats wanted There is no reason to think that the past is entirely behind us Taken together, these longstanding corruption enablers enhance sleaze by helping some people get unfair access to the makers and shakers that make illicit deals possible.Back in the days of Kukui Plaza, friendship brought about access Now, it slikely big money does the trick.Access corrupts Absolute access corrupts absolutely Just as it has in the past Neal Milner is a former political science professor at the University of Hawaii where he taught for 40 years He is a political analyst for KITV and is a regular contributor to Hawaii Public Radio s The Conversation His most recent book is The Gift of Underpants


  3. John Madinger John Madinger says:

    Terrific book on the inside of organized crime in Hawaii from somebody who knewabout it than almost anybody I know I ve given the book all five stars although some who aren t from Hawaii may think it s too much inside baseball True, but you ll see that Jim got as far inside this game as any outsider ever got in Hawaii and not without some serious risks, personal, professional, financial, even physical These are were serious people he s described for us, and even someone who s never Terrific book on the inside of organized crime in Hawaii from somebody who knewabout it than almost anybody I know I ve given the book all five stars although some who aren t from Hawaii may think it s too much inside baseball True, but you ll see that Jim got as far inside this game as any outsider ever got in Hawaii and not without some serious risks, personal, professional, financial, even physical These are were serious people he s described for us, and even someone who s never been to the islands should come away with a different view of a Hawaii that has long been buried under the cloak of the Paradise of the Pacific image and the aloha spirit I ve got to hand it to him I had a badge and a gun and the power of the state and federal governments behind me when I was dealing with the people in this book Jim had a notepad and a pen, and he s doneto expose the truth about organized crime in Hawaii than anybody I know


  4. Craig Walsh Craig Walsh says:

    Off to a great start, but deteriorated into lists of namesThe first half orof this book is great when the author is in storytelling mode I particularly enjoyed the insights into his activities as an investigative journalist, and his skirmishes with editors Towards the end, however, the storytelling is largely gone, replaced by long lists of names that were hard for me to keep straight The story of the movie truck drivers felt like it could almost be the plot of its own movie but i Off to a great start, but deteriorated into lists of namesThe first half orof this book is great when the author is in storytelling mode I particularly enjoyed the insights into his activities as an investigative journalist, and his skirmishes with editors Towards the end, however, the storytelling is largely gone, replaced by long lists of names that were hard for me to keep straight The story of the movie truck drivers felt like it could almost be the plot of its own movie but it was hard to follow because of all the names involved To me the book felt rushed at the end, which is a shame


  5. Kendra Kendra says:

    I wanted to like this book, but it fell short I bought and started reading it over 2 years ago and only just finished because it didn t capture my attention While I appreciated some of the detail of stories I had heard only anecdotally, my overall impression was that it was mostly a compilation of notes collected by the author over his career without much weaving into a cohesive story By the end I was left feeling there wasn t much point to the book other than reciting a laundry list of names I wanted to like this book, but it fell short I bought and started reading it over 2 years ago and only just finished because it didn t capture my attention While I appreciated some of the detail of stories I had heard only anecdotally, my overall impression was that it was mostly a compilation of notes collected by the author over his career without much weaving into a cohesive story By the end I was left feeling there wasn t much point to the book other than reciting a laundry list of names, some of which were mentioned only once without any context other than their occupation


  6. Sekina Sekina says:

    To be honest, this book isn t a fun book to read if you don t know a darn thing about the situation in Hawaii and the people that the author mentioned in his book.But if you want to know about the life as an investigative reporter and how does politic works in Hawaii in general, then it s still worth picking this book.


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Sunny Skies, Shady Characters: Cops, Killers, and Corruption in the Aloha State (A Latitude 20 Book)❮Reading❯ ➻ Sunny Skies, Shady Characters: Cops, Killers, and Corruption in the Aloha State (A Latitude 20 Book) ➳ Author James Dooley – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk For thirty years starting in the mid s, the byline of Jim Dooley appeared on riveting investigative stories of organized crime and political corruption that headlined the front page of Honolulu s morn For thirty years starting in Shady Characters: Epub à the mid s, the byline of Jim Dooley appeared on riveting investigative stories of organized crime and political corruption that headlined the front page of Honolulu s morning daily In Sunny Skies, Shady Characters, James Dooley revisits highlights of his career as a hard hitting investigative reporter for the Honolulu Advertiser and, in later years, for KITV television and the online Hawaii Reporter His lively backstories on how he chased these high profile scandals make fascinating reading, while providing an insider s Sunny Skies, Epub / look at the business of journalism and the craft of investigative reportingDooley s first assignment as an investigative journalist involved the city housing project of Kukui Plaza, which introduced him to the pay to play method of awarding government contracts to obliging consultants In later stories, he scrutinized bloody struggles over illicit gambling revenue, the murder of a city prosecutor s son, local syndicate ties to the Teamsters Union, and the dealings of Bishop Estate His groundbreaking coverage of the forays by yakuza into Hawaii and the continental Skies, Shady Characters: eBook ´ United States were the first of its kind in American journalism As Dooley pursued stories from the underside of island society, names of respected public figures and those of violent criminals filled his notebook entertainer Don Ho, US Senator Daniel Inouye, Governors George Ariyoshi and Ben Cayetano, Mayor Frank Fasi, and notorious felons Henry Huihui, Nappy Pulawa, and Ronnie Ching Woven throughout is the name of Big Island rancher Larry Mehau was he the godfather of organized crime in Hawaii as alleged by the FBI, or simply an ex cop who befriended power brokers in the course of doing business for his security guard firm The book includes a timeline of Mehau s activities to allow readers to judge for themselves.


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