Thursday, October 21, 2010

James "Duke" Aiona, Hawaii Candidate For Governor

Republican candidate for governor James "Duke" Aiona is lashing out at the campaign of his Democratic rival Neal Abercrombie for allegedly promoting a video which begins with a clip of Aiona, in July 2008, enthusiastically stating that he was a member of Transformation Hawai'i.

Transformation Hawai'i is a local chapter of an entity called the International Transformation Network, whose leaders appear fixated on fighting gay marriage and burning "idols", "witchcraft items", Books of Mormon, statues of Catholic saints, and native art.

Aiona has starred in Transformation Hawai'i ads and infommercials, attended (and led) multiple Transformation Hawai'i events, contributed a chapter to a book detailing Transformation Hawaii's efforts, accepted cash gifts of over $7,000 to finance a junket to an Argentina conference of Transformation Hawaii's parent ministry, and publicly dedicated Hawaii to Jesus in the name of Transformation Hawai'i.

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