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Honolulu City Councilwoman To Ask for Forensic Audit on Rail

Wayne Yoshioka

Honolulu City Councilwoman Heidi Tsuneyoshi will be introducing a resolution to conduct a forensic audit of the 8.6 billion dollar Rail Transit Project. She says this was her top priority after taking office last month.









“A forensic audit could result in criminal charges and the hope that I really have is that once we get an honest account of what has happened then we have a better place of knowing what to do now and how to best move forward.  Even with the public-private partnerships, those contract are now underway of being processed and awarded and it seem that also doesn’t really have a clear path moving forward, so I feel we have to be very honest with ourselves and move to a place of better accountability for our taxpayers.”


The full Council is expected to consider the resolution at its March 8th meeting.  The audit must be budgeted for by the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation.



Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka is an award-winning journalist who has worked in television, print and radio in Hawaiʻi. He also has been on both sides of politics as a state departmental appointee and political/government reporter. He covered Hurricane Iwa (1982) as a TV reporter; was the State Department of Defense/Civil Defense spokesperson for Hurricane Iniki (1992); and, commanded a public affairs detachment in Afghanistan (2006). He has a master's degree in Communication from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and is a decorated combat veteran (Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and 22 other commendation/service medals). He resides in Honolulu.
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