Here’s what bothers me as more and more detail about the Michael Miske, Jr., “crime gang” goes public:

How is it possible that all this not-so-hidden criminal activity never came to the attention of police chief Louis Kealoha’s special intelligence unit?

Or did it, and was ignored? Or was somebody in on the “take”? You almost have to suspect the latter because the cocaine trafficking, the kidnapping and the one known murder were so blatant. It was almost like one of those Mexican cartels that never gets busted by the police — and we know why. We have a history here of police problems when it comes to unblemished investigations and official silence about malfeasance.

It took the feds, particularly Trump-appointed U.S. Attorney Kenji Price, to crank up the surveillance that brought on the most of indictments of Miske and his colleagues.

Kidnapping and murder for Miske. Racketeering and conspiracy for 10 others. This was no small criminal operation and all taking place on one small island, and yet Louis Kealoha and his criminal intelligence unit didn’t do squat about it.

That’s why this case needs much more investigation. Something smells very bad.

The federal case reads as follows:

“From at least in or about the late 1990s, up to and including the date of the Superseding Indictment, MICHAEL J. MISKE, JR., aka “Bro,” JOHN B. STANCIL, KAULANA FREITAS, aka “Shorty,” LANCE L. BERMUDEZ, aka “Hammah,” DEA HAN MOON, aka “Dayday,” PRESTON M. KIMOTO, HARRY K. KAUHI, aka “Harry Boy,” NORMAN L. AKAU III, HUNTER J. WILSON, and JARRIN K. YOUNG, the defendants, and others known and unknown, conspired to conduct and participate in the conduct of the affairs of a racketeering enterprise, the “Miske Enterprise,” through a pattern of racketeering activity. The racketeering activity included acts involving murder, kidnapping, arson, and robbery. It also included acts relating to murder-for-hire, chemical weapons, extortionate credit transactions, racketeering, interference with commerce through robbery and extortion, drug trafficking, wire fraud, fraud in connection with identification documents, financial institution fraud, the Currency and Foreign Transactions Reporting Act, money laundering, and obstruction of justice.”

Then it gets into the alleged kidnapping and murder of a 21-year-old man mistakenly though to have caused the death of Miske’s son in a car crash.

And then. . .

* In or about 2016, MISKE, STANCIL, BERMUDEZ, MOON, and KAUHI conspired to commit the murder-for-hire of an individual (“Victim-1”) whom MISKE suspected of cooperating with law enforcement.

* On or about May 23, 2017, MISKE and STANCIL attempted to cause the death of another person (“Victim-2”) and committed an assault of Victim-2, and did so using at least one firearm.

* From the late 1990s and continuing to in or about 2018, MISKE, STANCIL, BUNTENBAH, and others known and unknown, conspired to commit assaults in aid of racketeering.

* In or about October 2017, MISKE, KIMOTO, and others known and unknown conspired to kidnap another person (“Victim-3”) in Honolulu, Hawaii. Two of MISKE’s co-conspirators, acting on MISKE’s instructions, kidnapped Victim-3 in Honolulu and restrained him/her in their vehicle.

* In or about 2016, STANCIL, BERMUDEZ, KAUHI, and AKAU participated in a gunpoint robbery of another person (“Victim-4”) during which they robbed Victim-4 of methamphetamine.

  • On or about August 24, 2016, BERMUDEZ and WILSON participated in a gunpoint robbery of another person (“Victim-5”) during which they robbed Victim-5 of controlled substances.
  • Between on or about April 21, 2017 and July 3, 2017, MISKE and others participated in a scheme to defraud Bank of Hawaii through the preparation and submission of materially false documents as part of loan applications.

To sum this up: you mean all this was going on all these years and not one whiff of it reached the nose of Chief Kealoha, City Prosector Keith Kaneshiro, or Deputy Prosecutor Katherine Kealoha, the chief’s wife?

The stink is overwhelming.


Published by Bob Jones

Journalist since age 19. St. Petersburg Times, Noticias y Viajes in Madrid, Overseas Weekly in Frankfurt and Paris, the Louisville Courier- Journal, the Honolulu Advertiser, KGMB-TV, NBC News foreign correspondent in Africa and Southeast Asia, and MidWeek columnist. LL.B LaSalle University Law. 3 years in the U.S. Air Force. Covered: Biafran War in Nigeria (1968) Vietnam War (1969-73), Iraq in 1991. George Foster Peabody Award for distinguished journalism for reporting in China. 2 Emmys for documentaries. Married to journalist Denby Fawcett; one daughter. Brett Jones, foreign service officer, State Department.

One reply on “Something Was Rotten In Honolulu”

  1. Indeed, the smell of corruption is strong in many places. Ian Lind has been reporting on his blog, too.Let’s hope we keep U.S. Attorney Price.

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