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OHA Check Register 2022--Insiders Rake in $1.2M for Kakaako Makai Lobbying
By Andrew Walden @ 11:29 PM :: 4544 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, OHA

by Andrew Walden

Hawai’i Free Press has obtained a copy of the Fiscal Year 2021-22 Office of Hawaiian Affairs check register in response to an open records request.

The register shows 1,653 checks totaling $32,771,019.05--a spending decrease of $2.38M from last year.

View the check register here:

This is the third fiscal year after the departure of former OHA CEO Kamana’o Crabbe.  Is the cash still flowing to insiders?  See for yourself:

Number One on the Hit Parade -- Kuilei Consulting, Inc -- Karl Veto Baker: $1,199,275.57 to funnel money to insiders for promoting OHA’s Kakaako Makai development schemes.  Incorporated April 2, 2021, Kuilei started receiving OHA money with four checks totalling $160,157.00 dated January 6, 2022.  READ: “Dead Bodies, Convicted Felons and Kakaako Makai: Meet the new Gang at OHA.”  NOTE: $1,199,275.57 is the total for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022.  Funding for this year’s Kakaako Makai lobbying effort is likely not included.

Here is the breakdown:

$2.1M -- Lobbyists, PR, Kakaako Makai

Robin Danner Etal -- $262,515.41  (down from $576K last year and $977K year before)

Interesting Factoid: With $977K as a baseline, Danner’s schemes have lost a total of $1.029M over the last two years.  This is very close to the $1.199M scooped up by Kuilei Consulting.  Does OHA have a fixed budget line-item dedicated to grease insiders?

$1.2M -- Consultants, Computer Software, Engineering, Training and Marketing

  • $7,902.43  Access Information Management (shredding service)
  • $6,420.15 CDW GOVERNMENT, INC. (network solutions)
  • $31,449.60 CHERRYROAD TECHNOLOGIES INC. (systems integration and consulting services)
  • $65,000.00 DATAHOUSE (consulting)
  • $109,289.00 DL CONSULTING LIMITED (Veridian software, NZ)
  • $148,245.87 paid to Forest Solutions, LLC -- (owned by Mrs. Michael Saalfeld) See: “Secrecy surrounds Parker Ranch's sale of 3,509 acres to biofuel pioneer” and “Parker Ranch files lawsuit against German industrialist’s 3,500-acre purchase.”
  • $65,100.00 Ohanasoft, LLC (Oracle Consultant Joon Kwok)
  • $91,504.72 Oracle America, Inc
  • $50,000.00 Orrick, Harrington (investment consultants) 
  • $4,860.00 PBR Hawaii (planning)
  • $18,433.80 QUEST SOFTWARE INC
  • $70,611.51 SEGAL ADVISORS, INC. (investment consultants)
  • $86,514.37 SHI INTERNATIONAL CORP (Software House Int’l)       
  • $12,500.00 Supporting the Language of Kauai, Inc (For OHA Insider Cash Bonanza Comes with Poi Mill)       
  • $11,931.73 The SystemCenter, Inc
  • $23,390.03 THOUGHTFOCUS, Inc
  • $74,999.80 TMB CONSULTING CORP.
  • $19,477.80 Wilson Okamoto Co. (engineering and planning)
  • $70,029.28 World Wide Technology, Inc
  • $3,280.22 WPEngine, Inc
  • $54,925.28 Xerox Corp
  • $33,785.41 ZR Systems Group, LLC (computer consultants)

$2.1M to Lawyers (NHLC and McCorriston big winners)

Over $1.9M to Banks

  • $116,532.43 paid to Bank of America.
  • $1,721,088.03 paid to Bank of Hawaii.
  • $82,960.89 paid to First Hawaiian.

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