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THE PLOT THICKENS: Top Hawaii GOP Officers Push Self-Destruct Button, Over and Over and Over

Over the course of these few hours, it became clear that ‘deep state’ RINO control of the Hawaii Republican Party is worse than ever.



Photo: HIRA News

Unbeknownst to island Republicans, the new executive officers of the Hawaii GOP gathered around their computers last Thursday (06 (06 July 2023) and held a virtual “Executive Committee” meeting over the CCP’s Zoom teleconferencing software – a depressing meeting which sowed the seeds of another two years of disastrous party management and continued domination of Hawaii policy and politics by liberal Democrats.  Over the course of these few hours, it became clear that ‘deep state’ RINO control of the Hawaii Republican Party is worse than ever.  The deep state RINO’s from Team Dalhouse, Team Ostrov, Team Finnegan and Team Garcia really twisted the knife in the backs of real Republicans with a combination of bad results, bad direction, bad decisions, and an enduring culture of corruption.

Since party leaders don’t share any news of value to party members, the media or the public, HIRA News is providing verified and highly sourced info about the Hawaii GOP.  So, here’s a brief summary of what happened, plus a sneak preview of the agenda items pushed to TODAY’s HRP Exec Cmte Zoom meeting (closed to guests, as party leaders know that your stomach would turn if you saw what these RINOs have been doing and are still planning to do).  Sorry, folks.  The picture is quite bleak . . . but none of the bad news will keep them from asking for your money.  [You can always say “no”.]


HUGE PARTY DEBT EXCEEDS CASH ON HAND:   A massive amount of funds was allegedly stolen by previous party officers to pay lawyers for unapproved legal work, leaving the state party up to its eyeballs in debt.  To be sure, “stolen” means that the party’s governing State Committee of several dozen elected party leaders from Hilo to Hanalei were PREVENTED from knowing about or deciding on the $33,000 in expenditures on lawyers.  So, when HIRA News reports that “funds were stolen by previous officers to pay lawyers”, that’s what this means.  No permission was obtained to put the party in debt to the attorneys who somehow magically got picked out of the Yellow Pages without any input from the governing State Committee.

New state chair, Cheatin’ Tom Dilhouse, asked his immediate predecessor Diamond Garcia (who was on the Zoom call) why Garcia and Lynn Finnegan and treasurer Steve Holck and executive director Maryann “Mele” Songsong would commit tens of thousands of dollars (a.k.a. steal $33,000) without getting permission from the State Committee.  But Garcia stayed SILENT when asked about why he and Finnegan handed over a broke party to Dalhouse or why he and Finnegan had no problem giving attorneys a blank check or why Ostrov and Holck weren’t being held liable for the $60,000 fine incurred by HRP, or why Lynn Mele and Diamond aren’t being held liable for the $33,000 in unauthorized legal costs, even though he was clearly still connected to the call.

Garcia flunkie and Kauai county chair Ana Mohamed Desmarais (who goes by the stage name “Ana Mo Des”) went on the defense and tried to fill the void of Garcia’s noticeable silence by pretending that Diamond Garcia had nothing to do with the massive expenditure.  Further, Ms. Mohamed didn’t seem to mind that the meter for attorney fees was still running and that the $33,000 owed by HRP to the attorney was still growing and growing.  Indeed, “Ana Mo Des” pushed the Finnegan/Songsong/Garcia position of refusing to negotiate or settle or mediate the lawsuit against HRP filed by party members who are sick of the corruption and cheating by party leaders.  The discussion merely petered out while these new leaders simply let the legal fees grow and grow and grow, despite the party being broke and unpopular with its own members, let alone the public.  Members would be disgusted to learn how casually party leaders regard this financial sinkhole, as if nobody would ever find out and that the debt will somehow magically disappear.

From Tom Dilhouse’s presentation slides at last Thursday’s Exec Cmte meeting

Dilhouse gave a “Fundraising Update”:  No $$ raised yet.  Nothing to report.  Working on a plan. RNC said NO to helping with any $$.  “RNC has no funding sources to give. I’ve already pushed that button a few times,” reports Dilhouse.  Yes, those delinquency lawyers from the property management company who’ve been waiting for the back rent (and current rent) will be very unimpressed with the lack progress and the sad financial state of affairs.

Discussion was held that maybe a fundraiser should be organized.  Nobody volunteered.  Dilhouse opined that he hopes people will buy HRP t-shirts from the state party’s online store.  Well, that “Fundraising Update” solved nothing.  The self-described “most unpopular person in the party” Sheila Walker (Team Dalhouse’s cheating coordinator on Maui and a failed candidate from the Dalhouse slate) participated in last Thursday’s Zoom call.  When running for state treasurer, Walker laughably said that the treasurer’s job was to raise money, rather than to ensure all monies were accounted for.  HRP mainland donor and long distance puppetmaster Kevin Spillane menacingly and threateningly insisted that Sheila Walker get the treasurer job and that Dilhouse flunkie Joel Borgquist be tossed aside or else he’ll stop donating to HRP altogether.  Well, neither of those demands were realized, as Walker lost ‘bigly’ and Borgquist has taken over Dilhouse’s shady self-funded SuperPAC.  So, HRP is in an even bigger financial trouble than the new officers probably realize.

In case you’re wondering, Team Dalhouse’s Keone Simon won the office of vice chairman of coalitions for HRP by only two votes (through dozens of improper votes in the rigged convention and runoff election).  His first order of business was to appoint Dalhouse’s cheating coordinator Crooked Sheila Walker to take his place at this crucial meeting, since he was unavailable.  That’s right, Keone Simon actually picked crooked Sheila Walker to substitute for him even though he knows she coordinated the cheating that resulted in his own squeaker of an election and Tim Dalhouse’s election.  If that sleazy decision to give slimeball Sheila Walker a place at the table doesn’t tell you everything you need to know about Mr. Simon, then you haven’t been paying attention.  Plus, with absent national committeeman Gene Ward appointing Crooked Shirlene Ostrov to take his place on the crucial Zoom meeting, that tells you everything you need to know about Gene Ward.


PARTY HOMELESSNESS IS FAST BECOMING REALITY:  The homelessness problem in Hawaii continues to worsen.  Now, island Republicans are about to become homeless, as HIRA News recently broke the story that party leaders stopped paying rent for its official headquarters for HRP at 725 Kapiolani Blvd.  This is the same HQ that RINOs insisted be purchased and repeatedly saved from foreclosure for the past two decades, resulting in the diversion of funds away from winning elections and into the black hole of a barely utilized office suite where there is more dust and mold than volunteers or strategizing.  Now, top party leaders hope to sell off this once crucial HQ (if is doesn’t get foreclosed on first) and blow all the proceeds from the sale on the 2024 election campaign.

New HRP state chair Tom Dilhouse confirmed the HIRA News story . . . only with a higher figure than we reported:  HRP now owes $12,674.28, because Lynn Finnegan, Diamond Garcia and Steve Holck weren’t paying the rent.  Indeed, the figure is even higher since July’s deadline for another month of rent was due on the 1st, which came and went.

From the draft minutes of last Thursday’s Exec Cmte meeting

The surprise admission that hundreds of thousands of dollars have been wasted over the past 10 election cycles on this overpriced, money-losing albatross appears to have the support of building co-owner, the Oahu League of RINO Women (OLRW); the organization of closet Democrats who play the lead role in picking HRP’s officers and ensuring that conservatives never run the party or control its agenda.  Current OLRW president and disgraced former HRP state chair Shirlene Ostrov (who fired the executive committee during her tenure, when she wasn’t busy illegally laundering party monies) made it clear that she hopes to convince OLRW bigwigs to sell the very HQ that they have been aggressively guarding for years and years (as they have a free office in perpetuity, all utilities included, inside the HRP HQ).

At last Thursday’s meeting, Ostrov said:  “The OLRW would like to cease further discussion (about the sale of HQ) until we have our meeting so we can have a synchronized position.  We just need to move in tandem and with our attorney.”  Ostrov didn’t bother to mention to her largely uninformed colleagues that she became state chair several years earlier because that same OLRW organization went into overdrive making sure HRP elected a chair who opposed EVER selling the office space.  Now, with a chance to make some serious money off the sale of the HQ for both HRP and OLRW, the only obstacle to HRP chair Tom Dilhouse and OLRW president Shirlene Ostrov getting their grubby hands on the proceeds (estimated $400K each).

From Tom Dilhouse’s presentation slides at last Thursday’s Exec Cmte meeting

With the increasingly likely prospect of HRP campaigning statewide for the first time in decades without any headquarters to call home, one of the funniest and saddest moments of the meeting came when Dilhouse had to be persuaded that HRP needs a well thought out plan how it can operate during Election 2024 and beyond as a homeless party BEFORE deciding to sell the HQ.  Eagerly wanting to blow $400K on the next election and related expenses appeared to blind Dilhouse to the obvious need to perform any due diligence as a political party already struggling for survival in a state that is FAR more “blue” than when a grand opening was held for the HQ decades earlier.

In a state where $30 billion gets spent each year by county and state politicians, a few thousand dollars per month spent on rent for office space would seem a small price to pay for a multi-million dollar Hawaii Republican movement which ostensibly is designed to unseat Democrats from power.  Like a good closet Democrat, GOP State Chair Dilhouse already has plans for those proceeds . . . big, expensive plans which will enrich his cronies.  More about that below . . .


LAWSUITS AGAINST INDIVIDUAL PARTY OFFICERS FOR ALLEGED MALFEASANCE ARE NOT COVERED BY ANY INSURANCE POLICY:   HRP’s repeated malfeasance under several consecutive state chairs caused HRP to get sued; with cases still pending.  As mentioned above, attorneys were secretly given a blank check to run up legal fees, which now exceed $33,000 in non-budgeted and questionably approved expenses and debt.  New state chair (and political ally to those past state chairs) Tom Dilhouse admitted that his fellow RINOs could have avoided such costly legal expenses by simply purchasing “directors and officers insurance” for as little as $2,800 per year.  Sadly, voters put people like Diamond Garcia and Gene Ward and Lynn Finnegan into office . . . politicians and HRP officers who have zero business sense (or common sense) and who recklessly ran up a huge tab which keeps rising.  Why is it still rising?  Because none of these executive officers yesterday or today demanded a cessation to the billable work by the attorney and because the committee failed to see this past Thursday how settling the case and meeting with the plaintiffs could be of any benefit.  In the meantime, these same monkeys who control HRP’s executive committee control a party which is broke and can’t even afford the D&O insurancethereby exposing each of them to personal liability for the lawsuits.  And, so that there’s no doubt, D&O policies are NOT retroactive to cover bad deeds of the past.  Judging from last week’s meeting of these top party bosses, they are sure to get HRP in more legal and even criminal hot water going forward.

From Tom Dilhouse’s presentation slides at last Thursday’s Exec Cmte meeting


DEEP STATE CORRUPTION AT HRP GETS DEEPER STILL:  HRP chair Dilhouse has been working feverishly on filling a key position at the state party which is essential to continued RINO control of the state party – the chairman of HRP’s rules committee.  This person gets to decide when party rules get ignored, twisted, or ‘reinterpreted’ so that his or her boss (the state chair) can do whatever he or she wants to do with the HRP, its money, its elections, its conventions and much more.  With corrupt Celyn Chonkee of OLRW unable to fulfill her duties after years of crooked leadership of HRP’s rules committee, Dilhouse attempted unsuccessfully to install crooked RINO dinosaur Boyd Ready into the post.  That humiliating defeat several weeks ago led to last Thursday’s need for Dilhouse to break the tie when the Exec Cmte voted on the latest corrupt RINO dinosaur to be nominated for the post:  Closet Democrat “Silent Mary” Smart.  More than almost anyone, HRP’s past state treasurer Mary Smart was directly responsible for the election of Crooked Shirlene Ostrov as state chair, which wrought nearly four years of political self-destruction and a veritable crime wave at HRP which cost the party $60,000 in fines to the FEC for reckless lawbreaking in the form of apparent money laundering, secret bank accounts and off-the-radar bookkeeping.  In case you just came to the party, Ostrov was the same state chair who forbade Republicans in Hawaii from protesting the draconian Covid lockdowns which destroyed our economy and delivered record price inflation which persists today.

Well, the very same RINO who led the charge to install Crooked Ostrov is now the rules chair, with Mary Smart endorsed by Ostrov herself at last Thursday’s meeting.  Barely confirmed by an embarrassing 9 to 8 vote following national committeewoman Laura Nakanelua’s unhinged rant against anyone who dared to speak negatively about Mary Smart’s past actions in HRP, Dilhouse broke the tie to ensure that Smart would be his loyal, corrupt soldier going forward.  Perhaps Smart will be as loyal to Tom Dilhouse as Boyd Ready was to Lynn Finnegan, who had no problem with the Rules Cmte being prevented from holding meetings for nearly two years, in order to keep a lid on HRP’s internal corruption, rigged conventions, election interference, and related scandals.

Observers and participants of last Thursday’s Zoom meeting commented that the entire discussion of “Silent Mary’s” nomination was a scripted infomercial by RINOs, including the righteous indignation by deep state RINO Laura Nakanelua attacking new HRP vice chair for community service Joelle Seashell for daring to express her reservations about Mary Smart based on extensive negative experience with Smart.

What went undiscussed during the awkward conversation about Silent Mary’s nomination is that she previously remained silent and did jack squat about Shirlene Ostrov’s crimes, so it’s no wonder Ostrov returned the favor during the Zoom meeting by vouching for Silent Mary.  Never forget that Mary Smart never spoke out against Ostrov’s money laundering or the firing of Ostrov’s exec committee or last-minute usurpation of HRP’s platform committee (throwing away all its months of work in favor of some drivel that Ostrov and her crony wrote instead) or any of Ostrov’s dictatorial or downright criminal actions.  Critics of Mary Smart explained last Thursday that Mary Smart wants a top-down party, not a collaborative body of fellow Republicans.  HIRA News can report that Mary Smart did NOTHING at all about all Team Dalhouse’s cheating in party elections during 2023 and has no plans to EVER do anything to obtain justice for the assault on election integrity at caucuses, conventions and such.  NO wonder she was also endorsed during the Zoom conference by morally bankrupt ‘minister’ Diamond Garcia, leader of the pro-Dalhouse cheating effort.  The new rules chair is not expected to take action on all the cheating in the party’s rigged convention, carrying on the same blindness as her predecessors Boyd Ready and Celyn Chonkey.  Installing Crooked RINO Mary Smart as the rules chief of this corrupt state party was and is a slap in the face to real Republicans from Hilo to Hanalei.

“Silent Mary” Smart (on right, in pink) fits right in with the RINOs who have destroyed the Hawaii GOP . . . RINOs like Democrat Charles Djou (far left, really), Anti-USA activist Al Frenzel (in back), crooked Shirlene Ostrov (always front and center), Illegal Immigration advocate Gene Ward (back-center, but really far left), Ostrov’s shady boyfriend Mark Blackburn (2nd from right in back row), and assorted other closet Democrats who control HRP.



Their wide-reaching and mostly unfinished agenda will be continued again tonight at 6pm via another Zoom meeting (since Tom Dilhouse doesn’t even live on Oahu).  Based on the nearly dozen matters of unfinished business from last Thursday’s agenda, here is a sneak preview of the major travesties to come.

“Membership Terminations” – While state chair Dilhouse hasn’t initiated any terminations of party memberships like his thin-skinned, dictatorial predecessors, he’s just getting started.  The HRP roadside is littered with expelled party members who have dared to expose the corruption and lawlessness of the deep state RINO cabal which has controlled HRP for decades.  Throwing out registered Republicans (usually conservatives) is an easy way for a state chair to curry favor with other RINOs.  Dealing with the aftermath of such actions might be why Dilhouse has added this to tonight’s agenda.  Or, he already has more targets in mind for removal.  Stay tuned . . .

“Establishment of State Officer Expectations & Ground Rules” – Starting with the rein of terror under Shirlene Ostrov, state chairs have rarely asked permission from the Executive Committee or the larger State Committee (the true governing body of HRP) to do anything.  That’s why the party is in so much trouble, financially, legally and otherwise.  With eight HRP executive officer posts up for election in May 2023 and with only a mere three of those posts being filled by Dalhouse and two allies, the new state chair is surrounded by five reform-minded executive party officers from the competing slate at the state convention.  So, it’s no wonder that Dilhouse wants to put those five on the tightest possible leash through the ‘establishment of expectations and ground rules’ for those do-gooders who ran because they were sick of HRP’s corruption and its political irrelevance.

The past few weeks have revealed Dilhouse to be out of his depth in running a volunteer organization; clearly hoping he could be regarded as a ‘chief executive officer’ or a ‘generalissimo’ who answers only to himself and never gets his motives or decisions questioned by fellow party leaders.  Cheatin’ Tom is in for a rude awakening and possibly an early retirement from politics if he tries to ignore the role that cheating played in his razor-thin victory for the state chair position, let alone the mandate from party members for a fresh look at how HRP does business.  And here’s why Dilhouse needs to be careful . . .

LINING THE POCKETS OF A FRIEND a.k.a. “Financial Auditor Choice” – When outgoing state chair Diamond Garcia and outgoing state treasurer Steve Holck handed the keys for HRP headquarters to Tom Dilhouse and they failed to mention that the party is completely broke, in debt, and at risk of losing the HQ due to failure to pay the rent, even Cheatin’ Tom had to buy into the urgency for an audit of the party’s finances.  Pressure has been quickly building to audit the past few years of party financial activity and records after the new officers inherited a financially bankrupt party organization with virtually zero dollars in any of its bank accounts.

But what’s the plan?  How many years back will the audit cover?  Will the legality and legitimacy of expenditures be reviewed?  What action will be taken to recover improper expenses, say the $60,000 fine which HRP paid to the FEC (which ended up being paid by the RNC which now has denied HRP any more money for its expenses, therefore essentially was paid by HRP)?

That’s right, RNC can’t help HRP with its financial problems, as they already bailed out HRP a few months ago by paying the $60,000 fine for the alleged misconduct of Ostrov and Holck of creating a secret mainland bank account for secretly laundering funds through HRP and never reporting millions of dollars in transactions for mainland campaigns to the FEC.  The big question is WHY isn’t HRP and RNC going after Ostrov and Holck to reimburse for the $60,000 in wasted donor funds thanks to their ‘alleged’ financial impropriety?  Why isn’t restitution on the agenda?  Instead, as mentioned above, Ostrov actually took part in this meeting to return the favor to Mary Smart by pushing the executive committee to approve Smart as HRP rules chair.

Anyway, if you’ve been watching Cheatin’ Tim Dilhouse in action, then you can easily conclude he doesn’t really care about getting to the bottom of the party’s financial problems and has zero intention of dealing with these costly scandals (which he has already likened to retribution and living in the past).  It turns out that he just wants to spend party funds which HRP does not yet have on his crony’s questionable mainland business operation.

Don’t believe it.  His top choice for the auditing contract is Thomas Datwyler, who not coincidentally does the campaign finance reporting for Dilhouse’s failed congressional campaign and for Dilhouse’s shady SuperPAC which is currently being investigated for felonious activity during Hawaii’s 2022 election campaign.  Yes, Dilhouse wants to pay the guy who helped multiple candidates and their campaign committees to cook the books and hide the coordinated support from Dalhouse’s SuperPAC which was funded by own pocket.  [A clever way to evade individual contributor limits, until caught that is.]  As Dilhouse explained, “Hawaii Conservatives was not good at fundraising – Tim and & Alicia Dalhouse were just big donors. Over 95% of the funds spent by that PAC came directly from me.”

Let’s get to know #1 choice for the auditing contract, Thomas Datwyler of AX Capital.  Datwyler also works with swamp creatures like Lisa Murkowski (photo) who likes to vote with Democrats.  According to numerous news stories, Datwyler is reportedly linked to the campaign of crooked nutjob congressman George Santos who is now charged with Fraud, Money Laundering, Theft of Public Funds, and False Statements.  Sure, you know U.S. Rep. George Santos, who allegedly embezzled contributions from supporters and fraudulently obtained unemployment benefits in order to live his disturbing double life as a crossdresser and more.

Earlier this year, the misreporting of $150,000 in contributions to a Republican U.S. Senate candidate resulted in a $15,000+ fine blamed on Thomas Datwyler.  That campaign laid blame for the FEC woes with Datwyler, the former treasurer for the Senate bid.  Elizabeth Curtis, who replaced Datwyler in the role, wrote to the FEC in December that she discovered the errors.

“Due to the stunning number of inexplicable reporting errors made by Mr. Datwyler, including errors in reattributions, errors in reporting correct elections, late filed 48-hour reports, handling of contributions that may or may not be permissible, and incorrect distribution of [joint fundraising committee] funds, ignoring the FEC and potentially incurring significant fines without notifying the Committee, the Committee expects it will take some time to unravel Mr. Datwyler’s mess.”

You can only guess why deep state operative Cheatin’ Tom Dilhouse is so eager to blow the party’s money on his shady crony from Wisconsin.  Even worse than the disgusting cronyism at play here is that Dilhouse wants to award the contract beforethe goals of the audit and/or the scope of work has even been thoroughly developed and approved.  As you probably guessed, this move would give beta male RINO Dilhouse direct control through his buddy Datwyler over what gets uncovered (or what remains covered up) by any audit.  Other members of HRP’s executive committee have put forward other candidates for the auditing work (including tasking new state treasurer Jodi Beaty at no charge).  But, watching how the RINO’s pushed through “Silent Mary” Smart’s horrendous nomination as Rules Chair, Dilhouse has learned how to count votes and get his way by pushing his RINO vision for HRP.

To be sure, word has it that HRP is about to file its fourth consecutive set of fraudulent and illegally nontransparent financial disclosures to the FEC and the State Campaign Spending Commission, with deadlines coming in a few days.  Already under investigation for this ongoing fraud and related ‘alleged’ criminal activity, though the blame is squarely on Dalhouse’s buddies that preceded him, state and federal law will pin the responsibility on the current party officers for the fraud.  Ouch!

CEASE AND DESIST a.k.a. “Use of ‘GOP’ by counties is not authorized” – More evidence that Tom Dilhouse is a clone/puppet of corrupt, deep state autocrats Diamond Garcia and Lynn Finnegan is revealed in this next item on today’s agenda of HRP’s executive committee.  Unbeknownst to 99.99% of island Republicans, Team Dalhouse and its supporters launched an all-out assault on the county party organizations of Oahu and Maui.  Dalhouse supporters, in the form of the cabal of Mele Songsong, Lynn Finnegan, and Diamond Garcia, convinced a low-level moron in the RNC legal office to send threatening “Cease and Desist” letters to the heads of these two (and only two) county organizations, as Oahu and Maui are hotbeds for anti-RINO sentiment within HRP, while the Kauai, West Hawaii and East Hawaii ‘counties’ are considered pro-RINO.  The letters demanded that the Maui GOP and Oahu GOP pull down their websites and social media accounts and ‘cease and desist’ from operating as county GOP entities.

Like hundreds of their counterparts across the nation, HRP’s county GOP organizations have been operating for decades for the advancement of the Republican Party here in the Aloha State.  But just one month before the May 2023 state convention, threatening leaders were received by the county leaders of just two of the five county party organizations.  Why, you might ask?  Well, Maryann “Mele” Songsong, Diamond Garcia, Lynn Finnegan and Team Dalhouse were determined to emasculate the two counties which were most likely to send delegates to the state convention which would vote for change and thereby vote against more RINOs like the random slate of RINO candidates offered up by Team Dalhouse.

Dilhouse’ inclusion of the “Use of ‘GOP’ by counties is not authorized’ in today’s agenda shows that he is 100% complicit with the ill-advised attempt to shut down the two most powerful and organized Republican counties in the state to consolidate control and achieve the type top-down state party RINO’s prefer.  Knowing that only he and two of his eight running mates from Team Dalhouse managed to get elected (versus FIVE from the competing ‘reform’ slate led by Charlotte Rosecrans) certainly drives Dilhouse’s apparent desire to use strongarm tactics to squelch future uprisings among dissatisfied Republicans statewide.

When the ‘cease and desist’ letters were first received, these were initially regarded as a bad joke being played by a leftist forger.  But Finnegan/Garcia henchwoman “Mele” Songsong was VERY quick to let the affected county leaders know that the ‘cease and desist’ order was VERY real.  And today, the legal threat tactic designed by the supporters of Team Dalhouse to influence the outcome of the state convention appears to be part of a long game to bring county GOP organizations to heel in Hawaii.  It was sad to see the RNC so easily manipulated into helping RINOs cheat their way to continued control of our party.  Now, it’s sad to see this problem rear its ugly head on today’s agenda.

Now that the conventions and the runoff election are over, Tom Dilhouse wants to prevent any pushback from strong GOP counties by getting them to take down their websites and social media accounts, hence the Team Dalhouse agenda declaring that the “Use of ‘GOP’ by counties is not authorized”.  It will be interesting to see if Dalhouse sycophant and new Rules Chair “Silent Mary” Smart will help enforce such a ridiculous assertion . . . especially when hundreds of mainland Republican county organizations utilize “GOP” with their websites and more.

That’s right!!!   Hundreds of county level Republican party organizations from coast to coast use the word “GOP” in everything from their website URL to everything else.  Crooked Tom Dilhouse is lying.  And the hack attorney from the RNC is lying.  Are we really supposed to believe that two specific county GOP organizations in Hawaii are forbidden from using the term “GOP” while hundredsof other county parties nationwide are operating just fine and without interference by crooked RINOs??

Check out these county GOP websites and hundreds more like them:

After receiving the cease and desist letter before the state convention, Honolulu GOP county chair Steve Lipscomb wrote a message to Oahu Republicans warning them about the matter:  “Nationally, there are hundreds of counties that use “GOP” in their website and social media title and descriptions. Just looking at one state: California you have Sacramento GOP: “SacCountyGOP” Home Page – Sacramento County Republican Party (; and Orange County: Republican Party of Orange County – Leadership ( I’ve reached out to some other county parties and are awaiting their responses.”

GROUP HUG ALERT:  Perhaps this hullabaloo is why new Lipscomb took time off from his divorce proceedings, the rumored sale of his $2 million Waialae Iki house, and the TRO filed by his soon-to-be-ex-wife to lend his support to the corrupt Tom Dilhouse agenda last Thursday (and even supporting Crooked Boyd Ready for rules chairman at a previous meeting).  Based on Lipscomb’s suggestion, the committee discussed organizing a “Peace Summit” to involve various GOP groups which aren’t getting along.  Apparently, they hope to get these various groups together and somehow convince them that it’s OK to for HRP continue the cheating and corruption and RINO tactics that the party has been engaging in.  Such a ‘peace summit’ will surely stop all the fighting for the soul of the decaying Hawaii GOP, won’t it?

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE a.k.a. “Numinar Campaign Data Platform Proposal” – Dilhouse is pushing for HRP to pay for an AI-based campaign software service called Numinar.  It seems that with nobody at HRP knowing what they are doing in running HRP, and with few leaders and volunteers in HRP actually wanting to do the work of running a state party, Dilhouse wants to spend party funds to employ AI software to tell HRP what it should be doing.  Ostrov tried doing that and she ended up firing her entire executive committee during an election year.  Just think about the concept of combining RINOs and Artificial Intelligence for a moment and you’ll quickly realize that HRP’s ambitions for the 2024 election are doomed, even before you factor in everything else reported herein.


REPEATEDLY PUSHING THE SELF-DESTRUCT BUTTON:  Finally, since the November 2022 election, the Hawaii Republican Party has done absolutely zero voter registration, zero canvassing, zero voter persuasion, or anything else to move the political needle.  They’ve been a failure and THEY’VE NOW LOST EIGHT FULL MONTHS of the 24-month election cycle by doing absolutely nothing.  Hawaii Democrats do not waste that kind of time because they wanna keep their grip on power and advance their socialist agenda for the islands.  At HRP, closet Democrats and RINOs don’t really care about power or our Republican agenda.  They’re just a social club of liberals who don’t actually want conservative reforms ever to take place in Hawaii.  Get to know these deep state RINOs, their past crimes against Republicans and taxpayers, and get to understand the Culture of Corruption.  Only when you know the players can you understand how to take back YOUR party from these closet Democrats and their cronies.  Their nefarious agenda is real and it’s scary.  Especially if you ever hope that Hawaii gets a GOP majority in your lifetime.  All they are doing is continuously helping Democrats to stay in power by destroying our party from within.  Auwe!


THE CORRUPTION CONTINUES: New Financial Scandals Threaten to Topple New Hawaii GOP State Chair Tamara McKay

Breaking News: Illegal HRP Fundraiser Under Investigation By Law Enforcement



THE CORRUPTION CONTINUES:  New Financial Scandals Threaten to Topple New Hawaii GOP State Chair

Honolulu, Hawaii – As of this past Saturday night, the selection of a new state chair – the sixth chair since February – for the Hawaii Republican Party (HRP) is now over and the state party now has a chairperson to last through the 2024 election.  Or will she?  In a fast-moving case of buyer’s remorse, a growing number of party officers who supported the winning candidate at Saturday night’s election held at HRP headquarters and via Zoom have contacted HIRA News since they are having second thoughts after learning about the fast-growing campaign finance scandal which threatens to put the party into even deeper debt.

While Cheatin’ Sheila Walker may have lost the close and hard fought campaign with just 25 votes to Tamara McKay’s 31 votes on the party’s governing ‘State Committee’ (no thanks to the hamfisted attempts by self-destructive interim chair Clueless Laura Nakanelua and her RINO comrades to rig the outcome in favor of Walker), HRP’s finance chair turned state chair McKay has quickly embroiled the state GOP in a scandal already under investigation by state attorney general Anne Lopez and the Honolulu city prosecutor Steven Alm, in addition to lawyers and staffers at the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission (CSC).

Long story short:  the recent micro-fundraiser organized by McKay and held at party headquarters only last month (on August 19th) may end up costing HRP more money in fines and legal defense fees than the paltry $6,200 raised.

That’s a really serious problem for a party which ended up $70,000+ in debt following McKay’s tumultuous two-year tenure on HRP’s ‘Executive Committee’ – during which time McKay reportedly did and said absolutely nothing in the face of unauthorized spending, phony bookkeeping, and bogus treasurer’s reports; the very fiscally reckless circumstances which led to the party’s massive (and growing) debt problem.

The “revive and thrive” fundraiser, which was apparently envisioned by McKay as an opportunity to impress potential State Committee voters before announcing her campaign for state chair, was operated illegally as an under-the-table, off-the-radar fundraiser which clearly violates state laws designed to ensure transparency in the world of campaign finance.  McKay, the sixth individual since the start of 2023 to lead the troubled party, knowingly failed to register the event as required by law with the CSC before the event was to take place.

Yes, state law requires that all political fundraisers be registered in advance with the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission in furtherance of transparency.  Voters have a right to know which politicians, which political parties, and which special interest groups are holding fundraisers, along with when, where, and how much tickets sell for, and who is paying for the fundraiser (and who is benefitting from the proceeds).  McKay knows this registration is required and has done it before, such as she did for this GOP fundraiser last year:

Now, there’s no question that McKay knows she must notify the CSC in advance of a fundraiser, that it was her responsibility and that she already knew how to do so.

Well, the event’s organizer, HRP finance chair (now HRP State Chair) Tamara McKay, broke that law.  Hawaii Revised Statute §11-342:

Following interim chair Laura Nakanelua’s takeover of the vacant state chair position (departed by Lohi Goodwin who assumed power briefly after the resignation of Tom Dilhouse), Nakanelua quickly moved to fire Brett Kulbis as chairman of HRP’s powerful rules committee.  However, despite their frosty relationship, Nakanelua opted to retain HRP finance chair Tamara McKay in that fundraising position, as McKay had already taken charge of the ‘revive and thrive’ event and the pressure was building to pay HRP’s $70,000 in unpaid bills.  As the law reads:  “The person in charge of the fundraiser shall file the notice with the commission prior to the fundraiser.”  That ‘person’ is the “Event Organizer”:  HRP’s new state chair Tamara McKay.


To be sure, at this point in 2023, there are three different ‘noncandidate committees’ which have given notice to the CSC about fundraisers since the last election:  Hawaii Democrats, Hawaii Republicans, and RINO Women on Oahu.  All five of the group’s registered fundraising events have been held in 2023.  Two fundraisers in question were organized by HRP:  the “Kuhio Day” fundraiser on March 26th and the Oahu county GOP’s “painting party” on July 22nd.  HOWEVER, as you can see, HRP’s August 19th “Revive and Thrive” fundraiser is nowhere to be found as a legally registered fundraiser.  That’s because the event was kept secret from the CSC and from the public.  A deliberate and knowing violation of §11-342.


Under Tamara McKay’s, HRP knowingly failed to file a notice of this fundraiser before the HRP microfundraising event and that failure continues to this very day, nearly one month later.


Just ask RINO and fake ‘hate crime’ victim Andria Tupola about the $1,150 fine her campaign committee was forced by the CSC to pay for the exact same violation.  Just like HRP finance chair (now state chair) McKay with last month’s HRP event, Tupola didn’t bother to register her secret February 2021 fundraiser in advance with the CSC.  It wasn’t until HIRA News alerted the CSC about Tupola’s secret fundraiser that Tupola finally complied with the law . . . and was fined $1,150 for her violation of §11-342.  By the time the civil component of this lawbreaking was adjudicated, Tupola belatedly registered her February fundraiser at the end of September that same year.

Tommy Waters and Rail Transit Cabal Leaders all showed up for the Tupola fundraiser


That’s right.  Tupola’s fundraiser, held ostensibly to shakedown the rail industry and other special interests (which enjoy being showered with taxpayer money by Tupola and her equally ‘generous’ big spending pals on the Honolulu City Council), was held in February.  But the suddenly pro-rail councilmember didn’t get around to notifying the CSC about the fundraiser for seven months.  SHE WAS FINED $1,150, as shown in this never before published screenshot from her campaign finance report on file with the CSC.


That’s the price for failing to uphold transparency and failure to obey the law.

But that’s the least of the fines that HRP needs to worry about, because that’s not Tamara McKay’s only problem.

The stated goal of HRP’s August 2023 ‘revive and thrive’ fundraiser was to sell 200 tickets at $75 each and raise $15,000 for HRP.  One week before the event, only 15 tickets had been sold.  Then, on August 8th, the Maui wildfire ravaged Lahaina.  With ticket sales for McKay’s HRP event stalling and the fundraiser about to become a total flop, the Lahaina wildfire disaster hit the news and sparked an idea.  This tragedy gave McKay and her finance committee the notion to adopt a predatory fundraising strategy which exploited the public sympathy for Maui wildfire’s devastation to put money in HRP’s coffers.

The problem is that this clever rebranding of HRP’s fundraiser into a Maui Wildfire Relief event is completely illegal.  State regulated political parties, operating as ‘noncandidate committees’ are prevented from raising monies and then spending monies on unauthorized expenditures which are unrelated to the political mission of the committee.  The rules are even tighter for political parties than for candidates.  So when McKay promoted last month’s party fundraiser with the promise that “a portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to Maui Wildfire Relief”, that placed HRP in the position of engaging in fraudusing an illegal tactic to sell political fundraiser tickets.  Sources at the CSC tell HIRA News that HRP treasurer Jodi Beaty inquired ahead of time with CSC about the legality of using this event to raise money for HRP and for Maui and was told “not legal”.  Clearly, HRP went ahead anyway and exploited the tragedy to sell tickets which weren’t selling well before the rebranding.


Suddenly, it’s no longer a mystery why HRP’s leaders attempted to keep a lid on the illegality by forging ahead with an under-the-radar, unregistered fundraiser in the hopes that law enforcement would never find out.  Such lawbreaking constitutes a deliberate and knowing violation of §11-342.  This gets into felony territory . . . but more about felonies later this week.


Ultimately, just 50 people showed up which brought in a little over $6,000 . . . most or all of which could very well be seized from HRP by law enforcement agencies to cover fines.  Even if the rumors are true and that HRP has disbursed some of this money to the Maui County GOP for charitable purposes, the party is stuck with having illegally raised monies from this unlawfully unregistered and fraudulent event.

In her campaign speech on Saturday night, McKay boasted about the fundraiser, stating: “We showed what we could do on a small scale . . . We raised $5,000 for the party and we raised over $1,200 to give to Maui county.”  Members of HRP’s State Committee probably don’t recall approving any expenditures from this event because they didn’t.  Just like they didn’t approve laws being casually broken by rookie party leaders desperate to show that they ‘know’ how to deal with a desperate financial situation . . . and hoping they wouldn’t get caught.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of the campaign finance violations and other laws broken by HRP in just the last few months.  In the days ahead, HIRA News will present Part Two of the self-inflicted Tamara McKay financial scandal and related lawbreaking which will consume time and money and energy from HRP – time and money and energy which was supposed to be put into ending the dominance of Democrats in Hawaii since 1954, 70 years ago next year.

Will the Hawai’i GOP become infamous before Election Day for being led by a criminal?  Someone who knowingly broke the law and will soon cost the Hawaii GOP more in BRAND NEW FINES than was raised in its recent fundraiser??  All we can tell you at this point is that Saturday night’s celebration has quickly turned to scandal, as HRP treasurer Jodi Beaty and chairman Tamara McKay are embroiled in more financial scandals than meets the eye.  And HRP simply doesn’t have the funds to mount a criminal defense of McKay, Beaty and other implicated officers.

HRP State Treasurer Jodi Beaty celebrating her official nominee Tamara McKay upon her election as new HRP Chair on Saturday night

As the focus of a new criminal investigation by the Hawaii Attorney General, the Honolulu Prosecutor and the State Campaign Spending Commission, Ms. McKay’s recent, poorly-attended HRP fundraiser is likely to cost the party more money in fines than the piddly $6,000+ it raised off the backs of Lahaina victims.

The chronically uninformed and uninvolved State Committee – which should have been performing due diligence as the oversight and governing body for HRP – was instead so busy imitating immature teenagers in high school cliques picking a class president, that they didn’t bother to do any vetting of the candidates for State Chair.  When Tamara McKay boasted of raising $30,000+ for the Maui County GOP (which has no headquarters, no infrastructure, no utilities, and no overhead), they didn’t bother questioning her next claim that all Maui candidates got funds for their campaigns.  Okay, according to campaign finance reports, six candidates got a mere $500 each.  That’s just $3,000 total.  SO, WHERE DID THE OTHER $27,000 GO?!?  Merely having legitimate contempt for McKay rival Cheatin’ Sheila Walker doesn’t excuse failing to pursue answers to this or any legitimate question before electing a new state chair.

The lack of due diligence by the State Committee has everything to do with why Republicans keep losing in Hawaii and why the party is broke and why HRP is getting into legal hot water, right after a shocking $60,000 fine was assessed by the FEC without waking up these sleepy party officers that they need to wake up and pay attention.  With debt up to their eyeballs in unpaid property taxes, unpaid maintenance fees, unpaid legal bills, unpaid printing bills and more, top party officers need to wipe the sleep out of their eyes and take a look at the unfolding scandals which are increasing in number, rather than decreasing.  Voters and the media are sure to take notice.

When the full picture of wrongdoing and corruption emerges, it’s unlikely that HRP will either ‘revive’ or ‘thrive’ in the wake of Tamara McKay’s questionable leadership and illegal acts, not to mention McKay’s colleagues on HRP’s Executive Committee.  Members of HRP’s governing State Committee and the Executive Committee, expected to meet this week, may or may not care about obeying the law.  But they definitely need to care about what voters will surely see as reckless disregard for lawbreaking.  

As HIRA News pursued this story, McKay told us she has “nothing to hide” and that she’s “very aware of the laws”. Then, threateningly added “But there is liable for lies and slander. Ask CNN.”  With facts being facts, HIRA News is more interested in finding out what the liability is for HRP when the misdeeds of its officers, such as those of its new chairman and treasurer, end up costing the party a bundle of money as well as goodwill with voters. With one year until the election, we’ll find out soon enough.



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HIRA NEWS EDITORIAL: Setting the Story Straight About that Big, Bad Lawsuit Republicans Are Worrying About For No Reason At All

THE BIG BAD LAWSUIT: Setting the Story Straight for Island Republicans — Power-Hungry RINOs Hyping Baloney About Eliminating Hawaii GOP



Many have been asking HIRA News about a controversial lawsuit against the Hawaii Republican Party (HRP).  The lawsuit has secretly cost tens of thousands of dollars to defend . . . a huge new indebtedness to the firm of Durrett Lang Morse, LLLP which corrupt executive officers of the beleaguered state party failed to get the approval of the governing State Committee to even approve, because the issues raised would have pointed the finger at the corrupt executive officers and their misdeeds, instead of the solutions-driven plaintiffs in this case.

Since the suit was first filed, some involved have left HRP, some have been threatened with expulsion from HRP (to this very day), and some have worked very, very hard to change the subject from what the lawsuit was truly about by flinging red herrings in every direction.  At issue is the use and abuse of power in a very powerless political party which repeatedly assured us to trust its leaders, such as when they tell us that Beth Fukumoto, Aaron “Ling” Johanson, Charles Djou, Mike Gabbard and Kym Pine-Ryglowski were true Republicans we should support and donate our money to.  In case you didn’t know, this is the same Hawaii GOP which hasn’t paid its property taxes since last year or its rent for months and months while burning through four state chairs in four months and racking up tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid debt.

Let’s get something straight before diving into this lawsuit madness.  Everyone knows that the Democrat-controlled State Elections Office is corrupt.  They let illegal aliens vote.  They let noncitizens illegally vote.  They let illegal noncitizens onto the ballot as candidates.  And that’s just for starters.

The only remedy against such lawbreaking by state officials who swore an oath to follow the law — but don’t do so — is the threat of legal action against the state officials themselves.  HIRA was successful at having a candidate thrown off the ballot in 2018 who was not even a U.S. citizen.  You won’t be surprised to learn that the corrupt troika of Andria Tupola, Gene Ward and Shirlene Ostrov were trying to put this illegal noncitizen on the ballot, after years of that same individual admitting to illegally voting in our elections.

Enter the RINO-controlled Hawaii Republican Party (HRP), already inclined to break the law as a matter of habit.  HRP simply can’t help itself but look for laws to break, large and small.  Hawaii state law requires all political parties to prove their viability by (among other requirements) annually filing their updated list of officers and their updated party rules with the Chief Election Officer.  Easy right?  Should only take five minutes with a quick e-mail message to the State Elections Office.  Naturally, the incompetent boobs at HRP dropped the ball for three straight years and then relied on their crooked friend, Hawaii’s Chief Election Officer Scott Nago to let them slide, since you can’t count on RINOs to obey the law.  Again, these RINOs are the same closet Democrats posing as Republican Party officers who nearly succeeded at running the above-referenced illegal noncitizen on the ballot for state house in 2018 until caught by HIRA.

When patriots and reformers inside HRP caught on to the cozy connection between these RINOs and the Democrats at the State Election Office, these reformers had no choice but to demand that the law be obeyed.  Only when Crooked Scott Nago failed to follow the law (to protect his closet Democrat buddies at HRP), these same reformers had no choice but to do what conservatives nationwide are often forced to do:  SUE THE BUREAUCRATS OR SUE THE BENEFICIARIES OF THE ILLEGAL ACTS OF THOSE BUREAUCRATS.  That meant suing our crooked and incompetent state party organization to enforce the law.

As linked above, the Hawaii laws in question leave zero room for interpretation:  Turn in certain documents by certain deadlines each and every year.  Soooo simple, even a caveman can do it.  Any caveman. except for Maryann “Mele” Songsong or other RINO party leaders who set this legal brouhaha into motion through ineptitude followed by corruption.

The process of submitting a list of current party officers and a copy of the current party rules should only take five minutes, right?!?  That’s sooooooo simple.  And THIS simplicity combined with the indisputable clarity of the laws in question are WHY critics of the lawsuit against NEVER tell this crucial part of the story.  These RINO insiders only obsess over the 100% unlikely yet hyperdramatic and unrealistic outcome of the lawsuit which could (but won’t) decertify HRP as a political party during the years it failed to obey the law.  Those years in question are 2019, 2020, 2021.  Said years are in the PAST, not the future.

Another VERY IMPORTANT oversight is that the lawsuit filed by reformers is both motivated by and purposed to deal with the flagrant breaking of party rulesover and over and over again, by the RINO party officers who have turned HRP into the dumpster fire that it is today.  One of the defendants is Steve Holck, the corrupt and morally bankrupt HRP state treasurer who was found liable for breaking campaign finance laws involving a secret, offshore bank account which only a few top HRP officers even knew existed.  This resulted in HRP being fined $60,000 by the Federal Elections Commission.  Such corruption by sworn party officers (including Holck and many others) is only the tip of the iceberg.

Malfeasance by corrupt party officers who swore to uphold our party’s rules is at the heart of the matters raised by the lawsuit:  “the multiple and continuing violations of HRP rules, regulations, and by-laws” . . . “a very small group of the HRP . . . has exceeded their authority by continually disregarding HRP by-laws, Rules, and Parliamentary Procedures while routinely committing violations that usurp the authority of the State Committee” . . . “infringements have occurred impeding due process, depriving members of their rights, and engaging in acts of discrimination, nonfeasance, misfeasance, malfeasance, and other rights not specifically listed.”  Any reader of HIRA News will not be surprised by these claims or the facts supporting such claims.

Unless you haven’t been paying attention, you already know that scumbags, liberals and losers have run the Hawaii GOP into the ground over the past few years, if not decades.  HRP is definitely NOT the squeaky clean, conservative Hawaii chapter of the RNC.  It is a complete and filthy mess of do-nothingness about Hawaii problems and do-nothingness about the Democrat politicians, bureaucracies and unions which cause those problems.  For apologists of these RINO’s to pretend that they are innocent victims of the lawsuit’s plaintiffs and to pretend that these plaintiffs are REALLY hoping to abolish the Republican Party in Hawaii from today forward (or that they could actually achieve that feat) is A RIDICULOUS AND INSINCERE SCARE TACTIC TO MAINTAIN RINO CONTROL OF HRP.  PERIOD.

Congenital buffoon and nincompoop interim state chair Laura Nakanelua might have had a little too much to drink or smoke when she exaggerated about the risk posed by this lawsuit in an embarrassing e-mail a couple days ago to other party leaders:  This litigation is still on-going and if successful could make it impossible for ANY of our Republican Presidential candidates  to be eligible to run for President in the State of Hawaii in 2024.  Not Trump. Not DeSantis. Not Ramaswamy… not any Republican.”  Nakanelua unironically added that anyone who is not a current fan of her terrible leadership is “only looking to burn our party down to the ground”.  Okay, psycho.  Let’s get you back on your medications and into that special jacket in a padded room.  Most of the worst problems with HRP’s finances and corruption which led to this lawsuit happened right under Laura’s nose with her consent during the past three years since coming out of nowhere to be National CommitteeLoser.  SHE is at this moment living in total denial and needs to look in the mirror.

Any fair reading of the lawsuit reveals that it’s merely TACTICAL in nature, designed to use the court to FORCE these crooked RINO’s to follow party rules rather than constantly breaking those rules and getting the party into deeper trouble, financially, legally, and in too many other ways to list here.

Remedies called for by the plaintiffs include hearings by the Elections Commission, arbitration, possible removal from office of abusive HRP officers, and (sure, the big hammer) “possible decertifying of HRP as a party in good standing”.  No Democrat judge in Blue Hawaii, where Democrats like to pretend we have a two-party system because Fevella is in the Senate and Ward is in the House, is going to eliminate the social club run by RINOs masquerading as a party.  It won’t happen.  The illusion of a two-party system is too important for Democrats to maintain while they continue their march to socialism.  Thank goodness (for Dems) that Hawaii’s majority party has cooperative miscreants like those photographed below (Nakanelua, Yoder, Ready, and Walden) who are always willing to fight back against REAL Republicans who have the nerve to call for new and better leadership.  With 300 days completely wasted since the last election while HRP blows endless opportunities to educate voters on the desperate need to vote incumbent bums out from county, state and federal offices, Democrats can feel confident that the same RINO party officer chumps will fritter away the remaining 428 days until the November 2024 elections.

Folks, BE CAREFUL what you allow yourself to believe about this lawsuit.  Crooked RINOs like Clueless Laura Nakanelua and her scumbag pals Crooked Steve Yoder, Doubletalking Boyd Not-So-Ready and Andrew “Why Doesn’t Anyone Like Me?” Walden are looking to distract you from HRP’s huge, huge problems by making you worry that the Hawaii GOP is on the verge of being eliminated from the ballot by external forces.  Nope.  Rubbish.  The Hawaii GOP is actually on the verge of being permanently irrelevant in Hawaii politics thanks to RINO’s who engage in endless corruption, incompetence and liberalism . . . and are unfortunately STILL running the party today and for the foreseeable future.  Their horrifying record truly speaks for itself.  HIRA News has been at the forefront of uncovering, reporting, and recording that sorry record of HRP failure.  It ain’t pretty.

BOTTOM LINE:  If HRP has done nothing wrong, it has nothing to worry about.  All HRP has to do to maintain its existing and untouched ballot status is to obey the law and follow its own rules.  This lawsuit forced HRP to finally meet important legal deadlines (Goodbye, “Mele” Songsong).  Today, after tens of thousands of donor dollars have been improperly expended by corrupt HRP leaders on lawyers to defend their indefensible misdeeds, and with a vote for a new state chair less than one week away, RINOs are today ratcheting up the B.S. machine several notches higher by pretending that Republicans won’t be allowed on the ballot in 2024 or ever again.

HIRA News calls “bullshit” on this RINO nonsense.  Nakanelua knows better, Walden knows better, Ready knows better, and Yoder knows better.  And the RNC and its lawyers know better, which is why they don’t get involved with HRP nonsense resulting from RINO misbehavior.  Again, once HRP starts following its own rules and starts obeying state and federal laws, there’s NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT.  Republicans are on Hawaii’s ballot in 2024.  But that’s precisely why RINOs refuse to talk about the merits of this case and refuse to admit why it was filed.  HRP’s thug leadership cabal has had a long time to admit to the error of its ways and a long time to promise to do better.  But with RINO insiders cheating like crazy to retain control of HRP (which makes local Democrats giddy with excitement), the state party is getting further and further from an amicable solution to the lawsuit and a plethora of other self-inflicted party problems.

Mind you, HIRA and HIRA News have absolutely nothing to do with this case.  Karl Dicks of Klean House Hawaii (KHH) is the primary litigant and complainant in this matter.  High ranking party officers are the defendants.  But it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that party reformers were backed into a corner as RINO’s turned HRP into a dumpster fire and kept pouring fuel on the flames with endless wrongdoing.

Let’s be honest – the lawsuit only has merit if its allegations are true.  And the defendants (the crooked party officers, to put a fine point on it) are OPENLY ADMITTING that this case is legitimate by portraying a bleak future for HRP as a party which will no longer be allowed on the ballot in Hawaii due to this lawsuit.  Otherwise, to be clear, if HRP thug officers were really innocent, then two things would be true:  (1) The now expensive legal case would have already been thrown out by the judge months and months ago; (2) these RINO’s wouldn’t be obsessed with mischaracterizing this suit as a death blow to HRP.  They’d instead be proudly raising money off of winning the lawsuit just like it shamelessly tried to raise money recently off those poor souls killed in Lahaina.  If the Dicks v HRP lawsuit was indeed frivolous, wouldn’t RINOs simply be making fun of the litigation instead of portraying the entire situation as a hopelessly lost cause in which “The Hawaii Libertarian Party would theoretically become the ‘second party’ instead of the ‘third party.’”  [Won’t somebody please pull the theoretical meth pipe out of Andrew Walden’s drama queen mouth?]

THE BIG TAKEAWAY:  The only death blows being dealt to HRP are the self-inflicted wounds from the raging corruption, raging liberalism, and raging incompetence of the fake Republicans leading the party for years and years and years.  They should ALL RESIGN TODAY.  Every member of HRP’s Executive Committee and every member of the governing State Committee.  Every last one of them.  THEY are the reason things have gotten so bad.  THEY are the reason Democrats sleep so well at night.  THEY are the ones who allowed corruption, incompetence and liberalism to thrive unchecked for so long in Hawaii’s chapter of the RNC.  HRP needs to start over from scratch.  No crooked officers.  No lousy office suite.  Just a strong set of beliefs which inspire, mobilize, and energize Republicans in Hawaii to persuade voters to let Republicans rescue the Aloha State and its residents from the horrible Democrat Political Machine.  THEN, we can build a real party rather than merely fueling a dumpster fire.

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FRAUD ALERT: Delegates Not Told That HRP Is Delinquent In Rent

THEY LIED ABOUT PARTY FINANCES TO GET ELECTED: While Hawaii GOP Delegates Voted, Team Dalhouse Campaign Fraudulently Assured Everyone that PLENTY of Money was Sitting in the Party’s Bank Accounts . . . but RINO’s Stopped Paying the Bills, They are Flat-Ass Broke and The Deadbeat GOP HQ Might Soon Be Evicted



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THE BIG QUESTION:   Did the Team Dalhouse campaign to install wannabe party officers KNOWINGLY LIE TO PARTY MEMBERS ABOUT PARTY FINANCES to get elected at the May 2023 Hawaii GOP Convention and the subsequent runoff election?  HIRA News has your exclusive answer to this and other burning questions.

Those who attended the rigged state convention on the Big Island in May distinctly recall HRP treasurer Steve Holck leaving the clear impression that the state party had tens of thousands of dollars in its bank accounts and that HRP was a picture of healthy finances.  Nothing to worry about, only to celebrate.  Well, Holck was not telling the truth.  He noticeably spent more time helping the Team Dalhouse slate promote its candidates and by helping them to pull a huge con (known as a ‘bait and switch’) by omitting the stark realities of the party’s dire financial situation.  Even after the state convention, Holck and the rest of the Team Dalhouse campaign kept Republicans (especially voting delegates) in the dark during the ensuing ‘runoff elections’

The reality is that the Hawaii GOP stopped paying its bills months ago and the state party is officially broke and delinquent in paying its rent for its rarely utilized headquarters.  The RINOs in charge finally (and unsurprisingly) ran the state GOP into the ground.

Don’t believe it?  Read on . . .

After spending months conning party members about the financial health of the Hawai’i GOP under the control of RINOs, it turns out that party leaders swindled convention delegates with a rosy and completely phony financial picture which imploded over the past 24 hours.

Here’s the inside scoop . . .

Thanks to anonymous sources at the Oahu League of RINO Women and the Hawaii GOP – the co-owners of the poorly located, overpriced, and largely unutilized waste of space at Suite C105 of the Imperial Plaza which masquerades as the ‘headquarters’ for the Hawaii Republican Party (HRP) – HIRA News has learned that the Board of Directors of the Imperial Plaza has hired lawyers to sue the Hawaii GOP for more than $9,000 in unpaid fees, utility costs, and various assessments due from the delinquent state party to the building owners.

It seems that high-ranking RINO party leaders like Lynn FinneganDiamond GarciaTom Dilhouse and Steve Holck haven’t been paying the bills.  It’s also clear that state convention delegates and party members and even the governing State Committee of the party were kept completely in the dark by HRP’s executive committee and the Team Dalhouse campaign about the party’s MASSIVE financial problems.  Indeed, these top party officials and their hand-picked successors were perfectly content to let state treasurer Steve Holck mislead delegates last month into believing there were tens of thousands of dollars in the party’s bank accounts.

Alas, there is barely $3,000 left.  Fully $6,000 short of preventing the lawsuit which could lead to the eviction of the party, not to mention putting the party’s already shortchanged donors on the hook for legal fees and related costs.  And HRP needs thousands more dollars on top of that to pay its current bills DUE TODAY and to continue making its monthly rent payments so HRP can provide the bloodsucking Oahu League of RINO Women with a free office in perpetuity (aka FOREVER).

Don’t believe us?  Here’s the letter from two days ago which authorizes legal action against HRP for the delinquency.  Read it for yourself . . .


June 28, 2023TO:  Republican Party of Hawaii

725 Kapiolani Blvd. #C105
Honolulu, HI 96813Dear Owner:

We have not received a response to our prior notices concerning your delinquent account.  Accordingly, the Board of Directors has authorized legal action against your unit to collect the amounts listed above.  ($9,073.54)

Note:  These figures do not include amounts becoming due on the first of next month.  (July 1, 2023)

We are forwarding a copy of this letter to the Association’s attorney to proceed with legal action.  The Association will hold you responsible for payment of all attorney fees and costs incurred in this matter.

For the Board of Directors,
Jane Najera, Accountant
Imperial Plaza c/o Hawaiiana Management Company, Ltd.


As if the terrible management of the Hawaii GOP wasn’t bad enough, we have arrived yet again at the point where “saving the headquarters” is fast becoming the central issue which yet again will trump REAL issues on which HRP should be providing leadership (but isn’t); like exposing Democrats, advocating our values and solutions, registering voters, organizing a ground game, recruiting REAL Republicans as candidates, and beating Democrats at the early voting ballot harvesting game.

So, prepare yourself for another round of endless “Save our Headquarters” shibai, as if a room on Kapiolani Blvd. which sits empty and unutilized for 98% of the year (after year) has anything to do with whether or why Democrats keep winning.  Fundraising for this albatross is like asking taxpayers for even more money to build rail transit.  At this point, we all know better.  We know we’ve been played.  Any fair reading of the TRULY STUPID contract between HRP and the Oahu League exposes party leaders as idiots and the blue-haired RINO women as deadbeats.

The blue-haired RINO ladies of the Oahu League have been using their status as co-owners of ‘the headquarters’ to control and destroy the Hawaii GOP from within for several decades now.  The Oahu League’s handpicked puppets (from Shirlene Ostrov to Signe Godfrey to Lynn Finnegan to Diamond Garcia to Tom Dilhouse) have ALWAYS put the freeloaders at the Oahu League and its precious ‘headquarters’ ahead of taking on the Democrats using 21st Century political tactics and strategies.  And these RINOs have never stopped making sure that the only kind of candidates getting targeted for real support are ‘community celebrities’ who are indistinguishable from Democrats except for maybe one wedge issue, such as Bob McDermott’s endless crusade for the anus, which never interfered with McDonut’s voting like a Democrat again and again.  [Yet McDermott pummeled the new state chair Tim Dalhouse during their contested 2022 primary election for US Senate, with McDermott spending ZERO dollars on his race while Dalhouse wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars to be humiliated into demonstrating his lack of ability to win an election honestly.]

It’s clearer than ever that HRP’s controlling RINOs will squeeze blood from this ‘kokua for the headquarters’ turnip for as long as blue-haired RINOs outnumber conservatives and actual Republicans for control of the Hawaii GOP.

In fact, so much desperation has set in at HRP over its sudden discovery of hidden financial problems, that new state chair “Cheatin’ Tom Dilhouse” is hitting up other party leaders for money in hopes of stalling legal action by the building management against its nightmare tenant.

But the desperation doesn’t stop there.  Unwitting Oahu taxpayers are probably going to be hit up for their support to keep HRP in its mold-infested, dust-covered, and mostly-abandoned ‘headquarters’.  How, you might ask?

In the wake of the debate over how much salary should be paid to members of the Honolulu City Council and their staff members, leftist RINO and professional crybaby Andria Tupola appears to be offering her full-time taxpayer-funded staff members to spend even more time performing political consulting by letting HRP use her City aide Braedon Wilkerson (one of those guys who was holding up signs and telling May 2023 GOP state convention delegates to vote “NO” on any and all proposed reforms and rules changes) to help raise money so that HRP can become solvent and so that more RINOs who support Democrat policies can get into office.

As HIRA News reported last November, City employee Wilkerson has a green light from his boss RINO Tupola to work for the political campaigns of as many Democrats as he wants; thereby helping as many Republicans to LOSE as possible.  Today, HRP state chair “Cheatin’ Tom Dilhouse” wants HRP to hire Tupola’s Democrat-loving political thug Braedon Wilkerson to help raise money so that RINO’s and closet Democrats can continue controlling the weak state GOP for years to come (aka ‘controlled opposition’).  Laughably, we’re supposed to believe that Wilkerson never sleeps, so he is somehow able to perform his job at Honolulu Hale without ever letting his political consulting business illegally interfere with his work day.  [Believe this and you probably believed that the rail project would only cost $3 billion like we were all told by Andria Tupola’s (and Val Okimoto’s) mentor Mufi Hannemann.]  Of course, we’re also supposed to believe that Tupola raked in tens of thousands of dollars for her one-woman political consulting business over the past two years without such work creeping into her government workday either.

Yes, these RINOs think we are all blind and stupid.  They didn’t think we’d find out that Wilkerson’s client, freshman Democrat state representative and AOC clone Natalia Hussey-Burdick (a far-left nutjob and self-identified social justice warrior) voted just like AOC once she got elected to the state legislature with Team Tupola’s help.  That’s because RINO’s truly despise what real  Republicans stand for.  RINO Tim Dalhouse’s choice for HRP fundraising consultant Braedon Wilkerson makes no secret that he equates conservatives with fascists.

RINO’s like Tupola herself — who openly supports racial discrimination, higher taxes, wasteful spending, illegal immigration, and too many other liberal policies to list here — have run HRP for decades, and it shows.  Sure, Tupola (riding on Augie Tulba’s coattail) tried in vain to make a name for herself by opposing the proposed 64% pay raise for City Council members.  But what she FAILS to tell you is that she’s already been making a small fortune in Joe and Hunter Biden fashion by exploiting her position on the City Council and the HRP hierarchy to supplement her income far beyond what that pay raise will bring.  In fact, Tupola has supplemented her income by more than $62,000 during the past two election cycles; working for Megan Kau, Makua Rothman, and Keone Simon.

A review of her campaign finance reports show that she (and her staff) have been moonlighting and daylighting as political consultants while raking in taxpayer funded salaries.  They’ve already been living large long before the proposed pay hikes.  Sadly, the same weak Honolulu Ethics Commission and Office of the City Prosecutor which protected crooked Louis Kealoha and Katherine Kealoha from charges for misusing City resources (later prosecuted by the Feds) will likewise protect Tupola, Wilkerson and others for illegally performing (allegedly) political work during the City workday.  But, without question, VOTERS will learn about what they’ve done as time goes on.  That’s why Tupola will never attain higher office outside a Waianae Coast district where she can wave a separatist, anti-USA sovereignty flag or an upside-down American flag and get elected to the state house or city council with her shades of racism and social justice warrior whining.  But she’ll NEVER become mayor or governor.  She’s simply too corrupt and too liberal.


At this moment, the REAL issue for HRP to deal with is how to get rid of all the lying, cheating, incompetent, corrupt RINOs and their cronies who keep getting the party into financial, legal and political trouble.  You know that story about the fox watching the chicken coop?  Well, now that the chickens are all dead, the fox wants more of your money.  And, if history is any guide, the phony urgency of this self-inflicted financial disaster will be shamelessly and noisily exploited by HRP in hopes that nobody asks why Tom Dilhouse and HIS SUPPORTERS (Diamond, Lynn, Steve, Gene, Laura and the rest) FAILED TO WARN US that they had stopped paying the bills and that Steve Holck’s treasurer reports were as phony and fraudulent as can be.

Did HRP treasurer Steve Holck (or Tom Dilhouse or Diamond Garcia or Lynn Finnegan or Gene Ward or Laura Nakanelua) tell state convention delegates about how Tom Dilhouse’s loathsome running mate Shirlene Ostrov caused HRP to be fined $60,000 by the Federal Elections Commission for secretly laundering millions of dollars through fake bank accounts which NOBODY else in HRP (except apparently Steve Holck) knew existed, and therefore weren’t properly reported in Holck’s campaign finance reports, leading to his conviction by the FEC for violating federal laws?  Naturally, delegates and party members were left in the dark.  They also weren’t told how badly the party’s most recent fundraising event (“Prince Kūhiō Lūʻau Celebration Annual Fundraiser” in March 2023) came up way short of putting money in HRP’s now empty bank accounts.  That’s why the governing state committee and the executive committee still have no idea to this very day about how many unpleasant surprises that an audit would uncover about the past decade of shady finances at 725 Kapiolani Blvd.

Today, in the wake of forthcoming legal action against deadbeat HRP leaders for non-payment of rent, everybody’s finding out the hard way that top HRP officers were failing to pay the bills and were lying to cover up those failures are just two more reasons why island voters don’t trust island Republicans.  Sadly there are so many, many, many more reasons.  You can probably think of a few.

Yes, island Democrats who were already sleeping really, really well at night thanks to RINO control of HRP will sleep even better knowing that even more financial desperation and possible eviction of Republicans from their rarely-used ‘headquarters’ have arrived in time to celebrate independence this coming week on July 4th.  It might be the same week that process servers deliver the lawsuit to Tom Dilhouse and that moving trucks arrive to remove the mold-infested, dust covered crap in the mostly abandoned and costly HRP headquarters.

While all of this was kept under wraps until Team Dalhouse’s campaign to control HRP was concluded, Dilhouse himself has now admitted, “(W)e are not in a good financial place as a State Republican Party. All pressing bills are paid, but we need to raise money in order to cover just our operational expenses for next month, which hover around $8,000 per month. We also owe slightly over $30,000 in attorney’s fees for defending the party against a lawsuit.”  Those were his words nearly six weeks ago.  Imagine how Republicans must feel betrayed and misled knowing that Team Dalhouse’s corrupt campaign for power kept a lid on SO MANY financial problems in order to swindle delegates for their votes in recent weeks.  Not a single delegate knew that the party was on the verge of being sued and possibly evicted for not paying its bills.  Just like Democrats, that’s the ‘bait and switch’ game RINOs like to play.

Let’s be honest.  Right now, in the mind of voters, Democrats actually appear to be more competent and less corrupt than Hawaii Republicans.  Knowing how crooked and incompetent Democrats are makes you realize how far HRP has fallen.  That’s why Hawaii can be run into the ground by Democrats for 70 years and still handily win election after election.  Meanwhile, we’re stuck with losers like Gene Ward and Kurt Fevella and “Cheatin’ Tom Dilhouse”.

Enough already.  It’s time to GET RID OF THAT OFFICE SPACE, say goodbye to the RINOs at the Oahu League, purge HRP of corruptniks and hacks and liberals, and start the Hawaii Republican Party all over again from scratch.

Lyin’, Cheatin’ Tim Dalhouse needs to resign.  His campaign knowingly LIED to party members and to voting delegates to con them for their votes.  And, surprise surprise:  HIRA News has it on good authority that the $60,000 fine assessed to HRP by the FEC is anything but the last costly fine they’ll be paying for flagrant lawbreaking in 2023; fines which pale next to the self-inflicted political damage to the GOP brand in Hawaii.

So, folks, when HRP’s RINO leadership comes begging for money, don’t flush your hard-earned dollars down the toilet like closet Democrat councilwoman Andria Tupola likes to do with your taxes on that overpriced rail boondoggle known as Skyline.  Donating even one dollar to HRP would be like handing a dollar to a meth addict.  We know that the addict won’t be buying any food or making any life changes using that money.  You actually just paid for their next fix and brought them closer to death.  Let’s starve out the RINOs and build a new and improved Hawaii GOP once they’re all gone.  Unless you prefer keeping closet Democrats in control of HRP’s life and death.  Goodbye Sheila Walker.  Next, let’s say goodbye to Tim Dalhouse.  Auwe!!

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