Political Radar

Candid camera

March 10th, 2014

State Rep. Faye Hanohano sat down for a 45-minute interview with the Big Island Chronicle over the weekend and faulted state House leaders, House communications staff and the news media for her recent troubles.

The questions, by Tiffany Edwards Hunt, a former reporter for West Hawaii Today and aide to former Hawaii County Councilwoman Emily Naeole, were largely sympathetic.

Hanohano, who was reprimanded last week by the House, has declined interview requests from the Star-Advertiser. She has done brief interviews with KITV and KHON where she explained that she has done nothing wrong and that her words have been misunderstood.

Watch the interview here.

11 Responses to “Candid camera”

  1. Johnson:

    Uh-huh. Sure.

  2. kamaaina808:

    Sounds just like my brother, I swear. No matter what he does or has done - it's everyone else's fault but his.

  3. Ella:

    Rep. Hanohano was a model of decorum today in a highly charged hearing. She shared her wisdom. It seemed like people even wanted to applaud after she gave her input. So, there is definitely a different side to Rep. Hanohano which has not been told. I am glad that she had a chance to tell her side of the rather brutal experience.

    Just because there is trouble that fact alone does not tell the whole story. The first person who ran afoul of the Rep, regarding the Art in the Capitol, is no longer there, having had a serious problem with the way a Hawaiian icon was used by her agency. The next incident involved another government official, who has more egregious problems of his own with other Hawaiians. We were not there for the reprimanded incidents. I can just say that Rep. Hanohano was exemplary today.

  4. kamaaina808:

    Everyone puts their 'good side' forward when they come under the microscope.

  5. ohiaforest3400:

    Really, if Tiffany Edwards worked for Emily Naeole, her standards for civil conduct must be pretty low. Isn't Naeole the former Hawaii County Councilmember who threw an eraser at the head of a testifier or council/staff person during a hearing, did campaign work on office time/premises, and engaged in other off-the-hook behavior?

  6. Hawaiino:


    With respect, you can and should judge Tiffany Edwards by a much larger body of work than this interview. She's reported and published both a blog and a newspaper focused on Puna and the Big Island. In my opinion she's a real reporter, in that she gets out there and grinds on her own without a publisher writing her a check. If the questions are less hard edged than you would prefer, well that's a stylistic difference. There's no reason to characterize her through association with a former employer. BTW, when Ms. Edwards left as staff aide is when the wheels really came off, eventually costing Ms. Naeole her job. I consider Ms. Edwards to have high standards, both in terms of civil conduct and journalistic integrity.
    On the other hand, Rep Hanohano exposes herself as self-absorbed and impervious to self examination. So in that respect, perhaps it's true, you catch more flies with honey than vinegar.

    In response to the above comment from Ella, in which she states that the Rep has had to endure "the rather brutal experience". Reality check. She created it. She perpetuates it.
    Perhaps at the next session the word for the day could be "kuleana". Or perhaps the phrase "nohona ho'omaoopo 'ole"

  7. kalihikid:

    Yeah, Aunty Fayes problems was caused by those GD Parenges.

  8. ohiaforest3400:

    Hawaiino, mahalo for putting things in perspective. Perhaps I was too loose with my words; I have read quite a bit of her work and have no reason to doubt her integrity, independence, work ethic, etc.

    My point was that on the question of civility, Emily Naeole is no benchmark. Since I know nothing of Ms. Edwards in that regard, I offered that her work for the councilwoman may not make her an appropriate person to hold Faye Hanohano to account for her behavior. Nothing more, nothing less.

  9. Ella:

    Hawaiino, we as people get impacted by experiences even if we had a hand in creating them. I am not saying who all contributed to the situation, but just saying that unless we were there, or saw the footage, we cannot really say.

    From what I saw of Rep. Hanohano the other day, she was ably carrying forth with courage against OHA's ill-advised Kakaako Makai residential developments proposed for hazmat landfill lands which are projected to be flooded due to climate change.

  10. Especially Incognito:

    The views from conservatives without breath.

  11. Especially Incognito:

    Big Brother is watching you.

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