Allegedly trucks like this are overloaded and allowed to bypass the state inspection station.
August 18, 2013
the past few years, I have worked to make the State Department
of Hawaiian Home Lands' (DHHL) policies and actions more transparent to
the public through our investigative reports. Unfortunately,
the snake has reared its ugly head once again, revealing another unethical and unlawful practice involving DHHL land lessees, employees, and truckers.
For some while I have heard rumors that a number of truckers providing commercial hauling services were skirting or avoiding the Hawaii State Department of Transportation's checkpoint that is generally located on Kalaeloa Boulevard in Campbell Industrial Park. It was finally revealed to me today that several trucking companies,
including Road and Highway Builders, LLC, used a road passing through DHHL's property, behind a locked gate, to circumvent the
checkpoint. And, they financially compensated individuals for access
and use of the roadway blocked by the gate. Not only that, they used
the roadway with the knowledge and instructions of Mr. Ward Kalei
Young, the DHHL land branch manager.
involved in the matter allege that Mr. Ward K. Young authorized Robert
Cole, a manager with Pasha, to give a key to Road and Highway
Builders, LLC and other trucking companies, and permission to use the
gate to conduct trucking from the deep draft harbor at Barber's
Point. Sources allege that some of these companies became "customers" of Pasha, renting or sub-leasing from Pasha, who in turn leases a large plot of land from
the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.
of this (the subleases and keys to the locked gate) was done to assist
Road and Highway Builders, LLC, and other truckers, avoid the Hawaii State Department of
Transportation's inspection checkpoints at Barber's Point so, when
transporting their materials from the deep draft harbor at Barber's
Point, or other locations in Campbell Industrial Park, their trucks could avoid inspection and possible overloaded detection.
Now hundreds of truckloads are coming and going to and from all points on the
Island Oahu, avoiding detection by DOT with the aid of DHHL. This is
one of the main reasons our roads are so bad.
should be noted, that some of the companies and workers who are aware of this
situation would talk, but are afraid if they speak on record they would
be retaliated against and lose their leases and/or jobs.
many instances involving wrongdoing by government officials, we
routinely hear from individuals who may come forward and speak up, but
were afraid to do so, fearing retaliations that could cost them money,
loss of business or bodily harm. Retaliation is a real threat in the
DHHL "Gravel Gate" because the DHHL land manager reportedly is the one
who authorized the use of the gate by truckers such as Road and Highway
Builders, LLC to evade or avoid the DOT checkpoints. Many of the people
involved also say the Abercrombie Administration turned a deaf ear and a
blind eye to their many attempts to blow the whistle on this
I visited Mr. Robert Cole, PASHA's manager. On arriving at Pasha's
facility, the security guard however, demanded my driver's license. He said he
would allow me in but must call the office first because he got in
trouble for letting me in previously. On this occasion, when I spoke
with Cole, he informed me Road and Highway Builders was a "customer" of
theirs but refused to list any other companies leasing from him.
However I did confirm one company he leased to, and described as a "customer", was Pueo Trucking, owned by Mr. John F. Souza, the husband of
Hawaii Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa.
appears that Pasha's relationships cause questions and concerns about
how a Congresswoman's husband can own a business benefiting from leases
be allowed to operate under Pasha's DHHL lease. Did Congresswoman
Hanabusa pull strings to aid her husband's business?
How is it DHHL, under recent scrutiny themselves, is claiming they are revisiting
leases and revocable permits to make sure they come into compliance, but continues to let this situation develop and flourish? How is it DHHL
has knowingly allowed Colleen Hanabusa's husband to sublease, and
allowed his business to operate out of DHHL property while DHHL is
evicting others from their land?
ironic. Just recently, in a KITV News story, Mayor Caldwell praised Road and
Highway Builders, LLC for their good work and announced a contract to fix
streets, when in fact Road and Highway Builders is participating in
"Gravel Gate", allegedly by transporting their gravel in overloaded trucks while
avoiding detection by DOT. How is it they are being allowed this alleged behavior, that may be contributng to the destruction of our roadways, while they have a city
contract to fix them?
We saw what happened with Nixon's Watergate. How will our politicians handle their Gravel Gate?