professor-rothREMINDER Harvard Club Brownbagger- The Price of Paradise

Join us and bring your guests on Wednesday, November 13th for a frank assessment of local corruption by a renowned authority, Professor Randy Roth.

Hawaii’s unique culture and geographic location make it a paradise to many.  However: 

 ~ federal prosecutors recently secured guilty pleas and verdicts regarding senior members of our justice system; 

~ ongoing federal investigations reportedly target other public officials, a state agency, and the rail project; 

~ a local contractor admits to paying bribes for government contracts. 

Will these federal enforcement activities lead to greater transparency and accountability in local public institutions; or instead, a push for “closure and healing?”  Professor Roth will provide historical context for the latest outbreak of public corruption, beginning with what he calls unlearned lessons from the Bishop Estate Controversy of the late 1990s.  

A former Harvard Club brown bag speaker, Randy Roth examined issues unique to Hawaii in The Price of Paradise books and radio show during the 1990s, and co-authored Broken Trust, a 2006 exposé of the “plundering of the Bishop Estate Charitable Trust." More recently, he has written extensively about problems at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawaii Department of Education, and Honolulu rail project. Honolulu’s Centennial Committee included Randy on its list of 100 Who Made Lasting Contributions During the City of Honolulu’s First 100 Years. Currently, Randy is an emeritus professor at the UH law school.

Don’t miss this chance to listen and chat with Randy about how corruption affects Hawaii today.

Date: Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

Time: Noon - 1:30 pm 

Place: The Ohana Room at Architects Hawaii, Ltd, through the courtesy of Harvard Club member David Miller. It's on the 29th floor of the Makai Tower of Pacific Guardian Center, 733 Bishop Street. 

Cost: FREE
Lunch: Bring your own sandwich, bento, beverage, etc. 
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12:00PM - 1:30PM Wed 13 Nov 2019, Pacific/Honolulu timezone


Ohana Room
733 Bishop street
Honolulu, HI 96815-2941

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