Say it ain't so Kipukai

SUBHEAD: It's become obvious to some that Kipukai Kualii has now gone over to the dark side.  

By Andy Parx on 13 August 2012 for Parx News Daily - (

Image above: Kipukai Kualil and Shaylene Carvalho pose as Starwars Imperial henchpersons. Mashup by Juan Wilson.

The more you know the less you know because as you come to know what you now know you also come to know what you don't know. The trick is to know now what you don't know now and what you didn't know then... ya know? Didn't think so. What we do know is that even a gallon of hot sauce isn't going to make our keyboard more palatable after our misguided ingestion pledge last week. Civil Beat's (CB) robo-calling poll accurately predicted an astonishing 20+ point win by Tulsi Gabbard (54.0%) over Mufi Hannemann (33.6%) in the 2nd US Congressional District Democratic Primary, proving to be more accurate than the Honolulu Star-Advertiser "real live person" poll, which had Mufi up by10.

The fact that the difference was apparently due to exceptionally low totals for Esther Kiaaina (5.7%) and Bob Marx (3.7%)- who had been predicted to come in closer to 10% each- doesn't make our esophagus any wider or teeth any sharper. But the results may have had little or nothing to do with the polling method because in the US Senate race it was the reverse with CB predicting a virtual tie and the S-A prognosticating a 12% margin for Mazie Hirono who actually won by 17% over Ed Case. Go figgah.

Another thing we we got wrong, albeit a year ago, was our support for the winner of this year's Corrupt Pol of the Year award, Kauai Councilmember KipuKai Kualii. Though he didn't actually win in 2010 he wound up being appointed to the council. But the worst part is that he finished in the money this Saturday with an appropriate 666 finish - 6th place with 6.6% of the vote. We do know now what we didn't know then- that asking people to "plunk" for Kualii in 2010 joins our qwerty-chewing pledge as one of our more bone-headed moves because he's turned out to be a first-class hack who's traded in his political soul in support of Prosecuting Attorney Shaylene Iseri-Carvalho's prosecutorial crime spree. He now blindly follows Iseri adherent, her boot-licker-in-chief Mel Rapozo.

Together they lead the goose-stepping cadre that champions our favorite race-baiter, "Ms Shay it, don't spray it." That support grew out Kipukai's apparent back room deal for the redirection of a Victim-Witness program grant from Iseri's office to Kualiis employer at the YWCA. It's become laughingly obvious to anyone who watches the council in action that Kipukai has now gone to the dark side. But not only did he trade various votes to allow Iseri to get away with a slew of shenanigans and outright unlawful activity, it has cost the county a hefty chunk of cash in the form of an EEOC settlement for the firing of Victim Witness Counselor Erin Wilson.

Wilson was succinctly described by Joan Conrow as "the single mom who moved here all the way from Colorado to work as a victim witness coordinator, only to be fired a couple of months into the job because there supposedly wasn't enough work." Of course there wasn't enough work because Iseri shuffled the job over to the "Y" in exchange for Kipukai's undying support for Iseri in the slew of past, present and we presume, future Shay-related scandals. We do know that, unbelievably enough, for now, Kualii finished 1/10% (102 votes) ahead of Gary Hooser and 2/10% (152 votes) ahead of Tim Bynum in Saturday's useless election. What we don't know is how to make sure that by Nov. 6 everybody knows about Kualii's little pact. .


  1. Your characterization is wrong. Kipukai is a great person with a lot of compassion for the people of Kauai. This blog spews falsehood. YOU are the evil ones! Get off our island. You have no Aloha.

  2. Aloha Anonymous,

    I voted for Kipukai. We advocated others vote for him too. I know him to be a wonderful person. I don't know Shaylene well but I've seen her work with kids. It's all great.

    But politically Shay and Mel are poison. And unfortunately, If Andy Parx has it right (and he usually does) it seems Kipukai is to close to this fire for comfort.

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  4. I don't follow local politics and can't judge the facts of the article, but I do applaud Andy and Juan for being willing to speak truth to power. We all have a right to call it how we see it. We should appreciate people willing to speak their minds in a strong way.

    Those in government are in service to the people, not the other way around. It is essential to speak out when we see impropriety or fraud.

    The reason our society is in such a mess now, is that people are holding back from dialoging on the things that are undermining our trust in government and finance.

  5. Aloha Matt,

    I read your comment before you deleted it. I won't share its content, since you apparently don't want to.

    However, I will say that over the years Andy Parx has been right on several issues concerning local politics and corruption.

    He seems to have excellent inside county sources and understands the responsibilities of journalism. I have come to trust much of what he says. I don't think he has an axe to grind here, but I may be wrong.

    If you would like to submit a counter argument to Andy's thesis I would gladly consider it for publication - as long as I can add an illustration - I'll let you see it for approval.

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