By Keli’i Akina, Ph.D.

Leading voices across the state have joined the call to audit the Honolulu rail project, which is good news. However, such an audit must also include two key components to make it effective.

First, it should be done independently, by an outside third party with experience investigating rail projects. It is tempting to ask the city or state auditors to conduct such an audit, but their role, if any, should be to just help the contracted independent auditing firm in any way they can. … Read more.