Saturday, May 27, 2017   Search

Current Articles | Archives | Search

Sunday, March 22, 2015
Full Text: Hawaiian Roll Commission Releases Financial Records
By Andrew Walden @ 9:16 PM :: 5906 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA
 

by Andrew Walden

In response to an open records request from Grassroot Institute, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs has released the complete non-payroll check register for the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission.  The NHRC Expenditures report from inception to February 28, 2015 shows total expenses of $4,030,525.85. The check register totals only $2,999,969.69. The source of the discrepancy is not clear. 

In late 2013, OHA trustees had voted to close out Kanaiolowalu.  In an email exchange leaked separately to Hawai'i Free Press, former Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Oswald Stender says as of October 2013 over $3M had been spent on Kanaiolowalu and "most Hawaiians are distrustful of the effort and just not interested." 

An October 16, 2013 report on the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission FY 2014 Operating Budget to the OHA Committee on Asset and Resource Management shows 25% of names on the now-combined Roll are "without any contact information" boosting the report's estimate of "bad contacts" on the Roll to 45%. (ARM #13-09 last page)

Responding to Roll Commissioner Mahealani Wendt, Stender explained: "The one mission for the Commission was to make a list-not to build the nation.  After spending over three million dollars with a goal of 200,000 registrants, the effort produced 20,000.  When you add what was spent for Kau Inoa, OHA has spent over $10,000,000 for 120,000 registrants out of 500,000.  When Kanaiolowalu had sign up booths at events that had 300 to 400 people in attendance and then signed up less than 10% of those in attendance, you need to ask 'Why?'  For the many I have spoken to -- many are not interested;  many are confused with all these lists; and many are distrustful of the effort.  So after 12 years and $10,000,000- I say stop...."

But Kanaiolowalu was not stopped in 2013.  According to a source close to OHA, "This prompted an agreement and deal. OHA would reconsider their 'no more money for Kanaiolowalu' vote and OHA would continue funding the Commissioners but it had to be part of the OHA Plan for Federal Recognition."

A year and a half later, Kanaiolowalu's spending of OHA's rapidly depleting Trust is in excess of $4M.  But now, thanks to Grassroot Institute's open records request, we can discover where the money went.

The NHRC Expenditures report shows:

  • $2,005,032 went to "Services on a Fee Basis"
  • $1,060,545 went to salaries and fringe benefits
  • $216,328 for rent, CAM, 'leasehold improvements' and misc.
  • $114,963 in state and out of state travel expenses
  • $94,251 for "conferences"
  • $93,870  furniture & fixtures, other expenses, rentals, and supplies, software & equipment, and rental of equipment
  • $55,014 for "parking" and "parking validations"
  • $46,846 for "legal services"
  • $44,699 for "Grants-in-aid-sponsorships"
  • $8,788 for "honorarium"

These administration expenses --in excess of $3.7M-- were matched by less than $270K in expenditures for outreach materials:

  • $143,119 for advertising
  • $98,609 for printing
  • $23,926 for promotional items
  • $3,623 for postage

The check register reveals $1.775M went to five vendors:

  • $673,485 paid out to Makauila, Inc ("Makauila is normalizing the Hawaiian language and perspective through the production and distribution of Native Hawaiian educational, language, and cultural multimedia content. Because of our unique competency in Hawaiian knowledge, we are a strong partner for Native Hawaiian organizations and institutions to effectively engage their target audience through media."  Directors include KSBE operatives Leslie K Kimura and Ann Botticelli and Exec Dir is Amy Kalili, girlfriend of Roll Commissioner Naalehu Anthony)
  • $574,946 paid out to ASIO Corp. ("Deployed innovative solutions including SMS based financial management, large scale ancestry verification, and infrastructure support for a worldwide voyage."--co-founded by Donovan Kealoha and Olin Lagon)
  • $370,000 paid out to "1013" (A 'branding and production company' headed by Jason Suapaia.)
  • $5,716 to convicted criminal and political operative Harry Mattson. (Associate of Norma Wong and Roll Commission Chair John Waihee III.)
  • $151,422 to Norma Wong (Associate of Roll Commission Chair John Waihee III, and convicted criminal Harry Mattson.)

A much larger group received smaller checks:

*NOTE: Some of these numbers have been corrected from the original.

The pattern?  Politically connected individuals and company owners receiving thousands of Kanaiolowalu dollars from the OHA Trust to fulfill nebulous responsibilities.

How did OHA get into this situation?  Trustee Peter Apo at the January 27, 2015 ARM Committee meeting explains what happened in the Legislature in 2011: "So here we are negotiating the ceded lands settlement, two hundred million Kaka'ako, and in the eleventh hour, that bill gets inserted in Act 195. Okay? You either have to agree with Act 195 or we may not give you the two hundred million dollar settlement. That's how we got into Act 195. We had no control over that unless you wanted to turn down the settlement and so when we move forward and I don't know how many millions of dollars we're into that now...."

After signing Act 195 into law, then-Governor Neil Abercrombie appointed the five members of the Kanaiolowalu Roll Commission on September 8, 2011

This is the record of Abercrombie's last 'gift' to the Hawaiian people.   

---30---

PDF: Payout by Recipient in Declining Order

PDF: Roll Commission Check Register

PDF: NHRC Expenditures Report

PDF: ARM 13-09

PDF: Stender-Wendt Emails Oct 2013

Comments
LINKS:

TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

ARCHIVES: Daily News Read

ARCHIVES: HawaiiFreePress

JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST

RSS FEED Latest 25 articles

TWITTER HawaiiFreePress

FaceBook: HawaiiFreePress

Register to Vote

2aHawaii

808 Silent Majority

808 State Update AM940

ABCDEFG Blog

ACA Signups Hawaii

ALEC

Alliance Defending Freedom

Aloha Conservative Alliance

Aloha Life Advocates

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

American Council of Trustees and Alumni

American Mothers of Hawaii

AMVETS-Hawaii

AntiPlanner

Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A'ole Eradication

A Place for Women in Waipio

Atomic Monkey

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Better Hawaii

Broken Trust

CAFR Hawaii

Castaway Conservative

Children's Alliance Hawaii

Children's Rights Institute

Choice is an Illusion

Christian Home Educators of Maui

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Citizens for Recall

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

Coffee Break

Conservative Forum for Hawaii

CSIS Pacific Forum

DAR Hawaii

December 7 Battlefields at risk

DeedySupport.com

DefendOurKeiki.com

DVids Hawaii

Education Institute of Hawaii

E Hana Kakou Kelii Akina

E Māua Ola i Moku o Keawe

Farmers For Choice Hawaii

FIRE

Fix Oahu!

Follow the Money Hawaii

Frank in Hawaii

Friends of Lanai

Front Page Magazine

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Get Off Your Butts!

God, Freedom, America

GoGoGMO!

Grassroot Institute

Habele.org

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 Credit Union Watch

Hawaii Crime Victims' Rights

Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defending Marriage

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Families for Educational Choice

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-Israel Alignment

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Knights of Columbus

Hawaii March for Life

Hawaii Meth Project

Hawaii Open Budget

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

HawaiiReporter.com

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Right to Life -- Big Island

Hawaii Right to Life -- Oahu

Hawaii Senate Informer

Hawaii Shield Law Coalition

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Votes

Hepsy's Kuleana

Heritage Foundation

HHUA

HI Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

HIEC.Coop

Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu TEA Party

Honolulu Traffic

Horns of Jericho Blog

House Minority Blog

House Republican Caucus YouTube

HPACC

Hump Day Report

Hunting, Farming and Fishing Assoc.

I Vote Hawaii

If Hawaii News

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

Iowa Meets Maui

Jackson v Abercrombie

Jihad Watch

Judgepedia Hawaii

July 4 in Hawaii

Kahle v New Hope

Kahua Group

Kakaako Cares

Kau TEA Party

Kauai Co GOP

Keep Hawaii's Heroes

KeyWiki

Kona TEA Party

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

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

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

NARTH

Natatorium.org

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

National Wind Watch

New Zeal

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

No Hawaii Beverage Tax

Northwest Economic Policy Seminar

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

Now What I Really Think

NRA-ILA Hawaii

ObamaCare Abortion Hawaii

OHA Lies

Ohana Policy Group

OpenHawaii.org

Pacific Aviation Museum

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Perry and Price Show

Pritchett Cartoons 

Pro-GMO Hawaii

P.U.E.O.

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Republican Party -- Hawaii State

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

Salvage The Rail

Save the Plastic Bag

School Choice in Hawaii

Senate Minority FB

SenatorFong.com

SIFE Remington

SIFE W. Oahu

Smart About Marijuana--Hawaii

St Marianne Cope

State Budget Solutions Hawaii

State Policy Network

Stop SB2424

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

TEA Party Maui

TFB Micronesia

The Harriet Tubman Agenda

The Long War Journal

The Real Hanabusa

The Voice of Kapolei

Time Out Honolulu

Truth About Trade & Technology - Hawaii

UCC Truths

Union Members Know Your Rights

United Veterans Hawaii

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

Valor in the Pacific

VAREP Honolulu

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii

YAL UH Hilo 

Yes2TMT


Maui TEA Party
Maui TEA Party