Why? Because the two brothers who own it have been convicted of human trafficking. They shipped 44 farm laborers from Thailand and then once they were here, took their passports and used them as cheap slave labor with threats of sending them back to Thailand where they would have to face the money lenders who helped them get here.
The kicker? One-hundred and twenty letters have been written on behalf of the two brothers asking for leniency with "little or no jail time" because their farm is too important to the agriculture industry and because the brothers really have excellent character (other than the fact that they own slaves, apparently).
Those who support the brothers include Former Democratic Governor Ben Cayetano, Former Democratic Governor John Waihee, the former head of the State Land Board, the state Department of Agriculture, the Hawaii Foodbank, and many others.
Seriously?? They want these men to have a lenient sentence because they are nice guys?
Let me tell you something.....nice guys don't own slaves. They don't engage in human trafficking. They don't ruin other people's lives in order to make a higher profit and increase their business. The fact that these men are pleasant to those whom they do not own does not make them men of great character. Making political contributions and advocating for the homeless does not make you a good person if you are holding hostages at your business and forcing them to work for you. Being able to shake hands and smile and go to dinner and laugh and joke and make people like you while you are secretly buying slaves does not mean you have a high moral character. It means you are slick, and dirty, and really, really creepy.
And anyone who thinks otherwise has been sucked in and fooled.
Like all those people who thought Charles Manson had a great personality.