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The event was Convened by Rep. Gene Ward and Rep. Barbara Marumoto
Institute for Truth in Accounting
1500 Skokie Blvd, Suite 304
Northbrook, Illinois 60062
Phone (847) 835-5200
Fax (847) 835-3470
Sheila Weinberg, Founder & CEO
Christian Whitney – Energy Planning Analyst
Energy Planning & Policy Branch
Hawaii State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism
Jay Griffin — Assistant Specialist & Project Manager for Maui Smart Grid project
Hawaii Natural Energy Institute
“The case of Hans M. Kanuha and Laurence H. Dorcy shows that it is all too easy to get a hold of an elderly person’s assets here in Hawaii. There needs to be more protection in place that prevents people from conning an elderly person into giving everything away. The legislature has not done enough.”
Rep. Pine introduced HB 1465, relating to powers of attorney, which is still alive in the legislature. HB 1465 requires that anyone seeking power of attorney for an elderly person must have at least two signatures. She believes that someone from an elderly protection agency should be the second signature. This would ensure a double protection should the overseer believe that the elderly person is not mentally fit to make these decisions or if the elderly person is being threatened.
“Having a power of attorney gives you power to take over everything in someone’s life. You have the ability to change someone’s will in your favor, take ownership of their assets and their money or even have the person adopt you. Mr. Dorcy’s case could have been prevented had we put safeguards like this in place,” she said.
Mr. Kanuha was adopted by Mr. Dorcy two months before Mr. Dorcy died. Kanuha could inherit $70 million from Dorcy’s estate. Mr. Kanuha had previously inherited a Kula gasoline station from one elderly woman and a Kula home from another.
Barbara Marumoto’s District 19 tour 2011
The purpose of the briefing will be to discuss the impact of the national and state debt crisis on Hawaii’s future and ways to control excess government spending. At the national level America is borrowing 40 cents of every dollar we spend. This is unsustainable.
“Hawaii’s families carry the third highest per capita debt burden in the United States, more than $23,000 for every person who lives here,” noted Rep. Gene Ward who will convene the Informational Briefing.
“Hawaii is facing an economic tsunami with unfunded pension and health costs approaching a staggering $22 billion,” warned Rep. Barbara Marumoto who will co-convene the Briefing.
The Briefing will feature national and local specialists including Ms. Shiela Weinberg from the National Institute for Truth in Accounting, Mr. Paul Brewbaker, the former Chair of the State Council on Revenues, and newly appointed State Chief Financial Officer Mr. Kalbert Young.
“We need a real conversation about what government we can afford,” Rep. Gene Ward stated. “We are at a defining moment in Hawaii and we need to focus on options for State legislators to address the looming fiscal burdens and steps individuals can take to weather the economic storms on the horizon.”
The public and media are invited to attend.