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Crooks and Cronies: Who’s Getting Paid from the FY 2016-17 OHA Check Register
By Andrew Walden @ 8:40 PM :: 6424 Views :: Ethics, OHA

by Andrew Walden

Hawai’i Free Press has obtained a copy of the Fiscal Year 2016-17 Office of Hawaiian Affairs check register in response to an open records request.

For the second year in a row, OHA provided the complete (except payroll) register with 10 work days of our request, as prescribed by law, without their usual delaying tactics.

View the Check Register here >>> PDF.  The register totals $34,338,671.74.

Highlights found by searching the register include

OHA LLCs -- $777,887.07

OHA keeps claiming the LLCs are becoming ‘self-sufficient’ but the flow of OHA Trust money to the LLCs shows otherwise.  Meanwhile, the LLCs refuse to comply with Hawai’i Free Press open records request for their check registers.  They just don’t want anybody to know where OHA’s money is flowing.  Background: OHA LLCs—A License to Self-Deal

  • Hiilei Aloha LLC Two checks total $622,531
  • Hookipaipai LLC One check total $130,000     
  • Hiipaka LLC Four checks total $25,356.07 

Mystery Money $337,751.83

Misc. Cronies $622,810.12

$1,770,873.28 to Lawyers

  • Native Hawaiian Legal Corp – 7 checks total $1,095,431.18
  • Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing -- 40 checks total $300,509.70
  • McCorriston, Miller, Mukai, Mackinnon -- 49 checks total $271,625.62
  • Sherry Broder, ESQ. –7 checks total $47,622.97
  • ES&A, Inc, A Law Corp – 6 checks total $46,643.43
  • Ogawa, Lau, Nakamura & Jew – 7 checks total $6,165.93
  • Cades Schutte, LLP – 5 checks total $2,874.45

Robin Danner Etal -- $229,962.00

  • CNHA  Five checks total $224,512  
  • SCHHA  Two checks total $5,450

Kakaako ‘Planning’ – $371,041.09

Indian Tribe --  $419,722.50

  • Broken Trust DC Lobbyists Marsh USA Inc  8 Checks total $294,969
  • US Dept of Interior – Five checks total $64,303.50
  • Law College Assn of Univ of Arizona -- Three checks total $20,000
  • Nat’l Cong of American Indians -- Three checks total $10,450
  • Smithsonian—Nat’l Museum of American Indian – One check total $10,000
  • Nat’l Indian Education Assn – Two checks total $10,000
  • Alaska Federation of Natives -- Two checks total $10,000

UH Gets $896K

  • Univ of Hawaii – 23 checks total $808,103.51
  • UH Manoa -- Four checks total $88,103.79

Schools/Youth $2,288,522.97

  • Kanu o ka Aina Learning Ohana – 2 Checks total $1,350,000.00  Flashback: “OHA Chair’s Charter School Gets Seven Times More Than All Other Charters Combined 
  • After School All-Stars – 3 checks total $219,221.50
  • Boys & Girls Club of Maui Inc -- 4 checks total $117,894.48
  • Kualapuu PCS -- 4 checks total $116,944.00
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island -- 5 checks total $103,874.00
  • Parents and Children Together -- 4 checks total $103,223.45
  • Hui Malama Learning Center – 2 checks total $102,496.04
  • EPIC Foundation (Registration expired July 18, 2016) Agent Educational Services Hawaii Foundation  (Not in good standing) – 3 checks total – $69,892.50 
  • Ma Ka Hana Ka Ike Building Pgm – 3 checks total $58,725.00
  • Kamehameha Schools – 3 Checks total $38,250.00
  • Friends of Molokai HS & Middle School Foundation – 1 check total $7000
  • Hakipuu Learning Ctr PCS  -- 1 check total $1000

PDF: 2016-17 Check Register  (Use Ctrl-F to search)

Related: Full Text: After Two Months, OHA Coughs up Check Register (Previous years OHA check registers.)


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