Carroll's guests are Michelle Kauhane, Robin Danner, Renwick "Uncle Joe" Tassill and his wife, "Aunty June". They discuss the confirmation hearing for Jobie Masagatani, Governor Abercrombie's selection to head the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, and what is going on within the department.
There are many people opposing Masagatani's appointment. They submitted testimony and attended a hearing to protest her nomination. Michelle Kauhane's testimony was particularly detailed, and illustrated the climate of bullying and corruption in our government. Senator Hee acknowledged her strong testimony, but no one on the hearing committee asked
any questions. Malama Solomon, without asking questions or asking for evidence, characterized Kauhane's testimony as hearsay. In the end, the committee voted for confirmation. Masagatani's selection now goes before the full Senate for final approval.
Uncle Joe talks about how he was bullied in an attempt to remove him as a Home Land Commissioner. He is concerned that beneficiaries are no longer "coming first" at DHHL.
Robin Danner tells us "when people lead, our leaders will follow". They are stepping up to protect beneficiaries, and Uncle Joe asks the public to also step up and help them fix the problem.
Carroll plays a recording made by Michelle Kauhane, then Deputy Director of DHHL, of a meeting she had with Attorney General David Louie and Governor Ambercrombie's Chief of Staff, Bruce Coppa. It shows their attempt to remove her from DHHL by offering her a job in another department, paid for by DHHL funds. Kauhane says, this is not simply "a personnel issue", as claimed
by Governor Abercrombie and others. It is a political issue.
Carroll also has a recording of the entire hearing. Link here to both the recordings and pictures of meeting participants.