I’ve very disappointed in Governor Abercrombie’s
administration.Transparency has taken a large step backwards during his
It is very difficult to get any significant updates on two stalled (and
important) highway projects, the second phase of Queen Kaahumanu
Highway widening and the realignment/reconstruction of the final 5.7
miles of the Daniel K. Inouye Highway in Hilo.
I have to jump through hoops to get any updates on these projects, as
the governor refuses to acknowledge any of my e-mails. The lack of
transparency also applies to the State Department of Transportation and
Federal Highway Administration upper management on Oahu
and the mainland.
This wasn’t a problem during Governor Lingle’s second term. Both the
State Department of Transportation and FHWA were much more open, at
least with my inquiries. We, as taxpayers, deserve to know where things
stand with both of these highway projects without any smoke and mirrors.