August 5, 2018, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Carroll is now broadcasting on the Internet at www.talk808.com. Download the mobile App from the website link and listen live on Sunday mornings, 9-11 a.m.
Today Carroll talks more about the Department of Land and Natural Resources' (DLNR) issues with the proposed training academy, the jet ski situation, and other concerns.
As previously discussed, the jet ski issue involves violation of a Memorandum of Agreement between DLNR and the marines to store two jets skis at Kaneohe Marine Corps Base so, if needed, the DLNR could respond to incidents in a timely manner. However, a private, commercial company, iWaterman Pacific LLC, owned by DLNR officer Patrick Chong Tim, allegedly was
using the area to store more jet skis and conduct water training commercially on state-owned equipment. A video on the iWaterman website, since removed, even showed training taking place on the DLNR jet skis.
After the issue was exposed, DLNR Chairperson Suzanne Case and DLNR Chief Robert Farrell had the business quietly remove their jet skis from the base and tried to cover the problem up. The jet ski business was moved to Sand Island, and they put in an application for an after-the-fact permit. However, their application was for an event with 15 jet skis. Carroll
notes, instead of DLNR trying to cover up their problems, they should be recognizing and correcting them.
NGO and Private Interests taking over DLNR
Carroll also discusses the training academy Farrell is trying to set up with his old boss from the California Department of Fish and Game, the University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law, and the H. L. Castle Foundation instead of using the proper procurement process. DLNR is also requesting approval and funding from the State Legislature.
For the past three years we have received various complaints and
concerns expressed by fishermen, hunters, hikers, environmentalists and
others regarding Governor David Ige’s tolerance for the “unofficial
takeover” of the Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources
by non-governmental organizations and special interest entities.
attached emails (link here) Carroll recovered via FOIA confirm their concerns and provide an inside look at
one instance of Governor David Ige’s relinquishing government functions
to non-governmental organizations and special interest entities. Note the potential procurement violations, the possible circumventing of hiring practices, and the possibility of hiring without qualifications.
An academy would be great, but do it right. This must stop.
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