The Big Island Press Club is hosting a lunch featuring Jim Dooley, author of Sunny Skies, Shady Characters: Cops, Killers and Corruption in the Aloha State, as their featured speaker April 22. He’ll be signing books available for sale, and the Press Club will have a couple books as door prizes as well.
In his book, Dooley shares fascinating stories of chasing high-profile scandals that occurred during his 30 years as an investigative reporter for the Honolulu Advertiser and KITV television station. Over the course of his career, Dooley has dug deep into Hawaii organized crime and yakuza (Japanese mafia), government contracting fraud, Teamsters Union movie driver violence, Bishop Estate/Kamehameha Schools, police corruption and secret land ownership huis in Hawaii whose members included political, judicial and criminal syndicate figures. Dooley’s work as an investigative reporter led to the indictment of former Honolulu Mayor Frank Fasi on bribery charges.
There are major Big Island connections to his latest saga, so you won’t want to miss it!
The Big Island Press Club luncheon is Friday, April 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kenichi restaurant, 684 Kilauea Ave. in Hilo, across from the Circuit Courthouse. Tickets are $20 for BIPC members, $25 for nonmembers. Buffet lunch includes chicken katsu, furikake panko salmon, yakisoba, salad, vegetable, beverage.
Register and pay online at http://jimdooley.eventbrite.com. You can pay by sending a check to reach BIPC by Wednesday, April 20, to Big Island Press Club, P.O. Box 1920, Hilo, HI 96721.