By Hugh Clark
Faye Hanohano is back in the statewide news again times two for her alleged racist behavior in the state house where she is under consideration for censure or removal as a committee chair.
Not surprising given the fact her nasty racist outburst are the second and third in little more than one year. The Puna representative, who proudly claims she is a warrior, has run afoul of not only her embarrassed colleagues but stunned college students and a noted native Hawaiian activist for her latest tirades.
Her House profile said in 2013 she held three college degrees so she must know the meaning of the word recidivism, a term she also must have learned as a state prison system employee prior to her state house election.
She initially ran against good sense and civility in a 2013 outburst against the state Cultural and Arts by attacking Chinese, Japanese and Caucasian artists a fourth group her critics never agree on.
She promised to retrain herself and her staff, for some unexplained reason, to be more racially sensitive. The outcome of that pledge was never forthcoming nor its it known year later. Empty? False?
She has insulted a college student interested in conservation because he is “a westerner.” and is at odds with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, led by native Hawaiian activist William Aila Jr. Aila said this week he tried to meet with Hanohano to discuss his staff’s misgivings over her persistent behavior. She has declined to meet with the department head.
And she has declined interviews with reporters seeking an explanation of the alleged misbehavior, much as she did in 2013.
A police friend once described repetitive criminal acts as chronic misbehavior. He said he did not use recidivism because few people knew what it meant.
But Hanhano does.
And Puna goes essentially unrepresented since she has ice boxed herself from her fellow Democratic colleagues and has lost most credibility for her outrages.
(Hugh Clark is a retired Honolulu Advertiser reporter who lives in Kaumana.)