Tuesday, July 07, 2020
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Sunday, September 28, 2014
Galuteria Pushed Kakaako Makai Bill While on Payroll of OHA Trustee
By Andrew Walden @ 10:04 PM :: 8279 Views :: Ethics, Development, OHA

by Andrew Walden

Reversing his 2012 position, Sen. Brickwood Galuteria stood in the 2014 legislative session against his own constituents as point man for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs' push to up-zone its new properties at Kakaako Makai. 

This much is known. 

What is not known is that somewhere in between 2012 and 2014, Galuteria landed a lucrative position as "Director, Community and Civic Engagement" with the Pelatron Center for Economic Development (PCED)* headed by OHA Trustee Robert K. Lindsey, Jr.

Galuteria began working for PCED where, according to the PCED website, Lindsey serves as Chairman of the Board, at some point after his May 30, 2013 financial disclosure report but before his February 6, 2014 report.  PCED is a non-profit corporation wrapped around a for-profit subsidiary, Pelatron, Inc, which is an 8-a government contractor.  According to his ethics filings, Galuteria is paid between $50,000 and 100,000 per year by PCED--an amount greater than his legislative salary. 

In a March 30, 2012 Hawaii Senate Majority News Release, Galuteria had said the bill transferring Kakako Makai to OHA, "...brings closure to a long-standing dispute....”  But two years later, with Galuteria on PCED's payroll, things changed.  The Star-Advertiser, January 30, 2014, reported that Galuteria "shares the view that OHA didn’t get enough in its settlement."

Galuteria introduced SB3122 on January 23, 2014 which "authorizes residential development by OHA on specified parcels in Kakaako Makai.... (and) (e)xempts development from public facilities dedication requirement." 

HRS 84-14 (d) reads: "No legislator or employee shall assist any person or business or act in a representative capacity for a fee or other compensation to secure passage of a bill or to obtain a contract, claim, or other transaction or proposal...."

Senate Rule 71 reads: "Members with conflicts of interest shall be excused from voting."

In addition to introducing SB3122 Galuteria voted in favor of it every time it came before him.  He was not excused from any vote.  Galuteria also introduced other OHA-related legislation during the 2014 session, including SB2992 SD1, which would have exempted “meetings of the Board of Trustees, Office of Hawaiian Affairs from (the Sunshine Law) Chapter 92, Part I, Hawaii Revised Statutes, relating to open meetings.”  

"Director, Community and Civic Engagement" is just another way of saying "lobbyist."  Galuteria has not registered as a lobbyist with the State Ethics Commission.

Sen. Galuteria did not respond to a request for comment on this article.

UPDATE December 16, 2014: OHA Trustee Lindsey has responded to this article.  


*Galuteria lists his employer as "Pacific Center for Economic Development" on both of his financial disclosure reports but PCED changed its name to "Pelatron Center for Economic Development" on October 1, 2013 according to DCCA BREG.

Follow Up: Ethics Complaint Filed: Call for Galuteria to Resign 



TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote


808 Silent Majority

808 State Update AM940


ACA Signups Hawaii



Alliance Defending Freedom

Aloha Life Advocates

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

American Council of Trustees and Alumni

American Mothers of Hawaii



Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Astronomy Hawaii

Audit The Rail

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Better Hawaii 

Blaisdell Memorial Project

Broken Trust 

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

CAFR Hawaii

Castaway Conservative

Children's Alliance Hawaii

Children's Rights Institute


Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Citizens for Recall

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

Coffee Break

CSIS Pacific Forum

DAR Hawaii


DVids Hawaii

E Hana Kakou Kelii Akina

E Māua Ola i Moku o Keawe

Farmers For Choice Hawaii


Fix Oahu!

Follow the Money Hawaii

Frank in Hawaii

Front Page Magazine

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Get Off Your Butts!

God, Freedom, America

Grassroot Institute


Hawaii Aganst Assisted Suicide

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Credit Union Watch

Hawaii Crime Victims' Rights

Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defending Marriage

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Advocates

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii Firearm Community

Hawaii Fishermen's Alliance

Hawaii Future Project

Hawaii Gathering of Eagles

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii March for Life

Hawaii Meth Project

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Right to Life -- Big Island

Hawaii Right to Life -- Oahu

Hawaii Shield Law Coalition

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together

Heritage Foundation

HI Coalition Against Legalized Gambling



Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Homeless Crisis

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

Horns of Jericho Blog

House Minority Blog

House Republican Caucus YouTube


Hump Day Report

I Vote Hawaii

If Hawaii News

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

Iowa Meets Maui

Jackson v Abercrombie

Jihad Watch

July 4 in Hawaii

Kahle v New Hope

Kakaako Cares

Kau TEA Party

Kauai Co GOP

Keep Hawaii's Heroes


Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Malulani Foundation

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group


Middle East Forum--The Legal Project

Mililani Conservatives for Change

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

Muslim Brotherhood in America

NAMI Hawaii



National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

National Wind Watch

New Hawaiian

New Zeal

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Northwest Economic Policy Seminar

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

Now What I Really Think

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

ObamaCare Abortion Hawaii


OHA Lies

Opt Out Today


Pacific Aviation Museum

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Pritchett Cartoons 

Pro-GMO Hawaii



Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Republican Party -- Hawaii State

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

Save Dillingham Airfield

School Choice in Hawaii


SIFE Remington

SIFE W. Oahu 

Sink the Jones Act

Smart About Marijuana--Hawaii

St Marianne Cope

State Budget Solutions Hawaii

State Policy Network

Statehood for Guam

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Harriet Tubman Agenda

The Long War Journal

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

Truth About Trade & Technology - Hawaii

UCC Truths

Union Members Know Your Rights

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

Valor in the Pacific

VAREP Honolulu


West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii