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KoOlina and Hanabusa: Another land deal, another ex-cop, steroids, broken teeth, and Saigon Passion
By Selected News Articles @ 1:58 AM :: 15743 Views :: Ethics, Land Use, Law Enforcement, Politicians

EXCERPTS FROM www.HawaiiReporter.com

by Jim Dooley

…(KoOlina developer Jeff) Stone, his companies and close business associates have donated $130,000 to Hanabusa’s political campaigns since 2002, election records show.

In the current congressional race, Stone, his wife and daughter have donated $11,000, while other Ko Olina-related donors contributed another $47,150 to the Hanabusa election effort, according to Federal Election Commission records.

The Ko Olina-connected donations total about 5 percent of the $1.2 million in individual contributions reported by Hanabusa’s congressional campaign through October 25. Counting money from political action committees, the Hanabusa campaign has raised more than $2.1 million….

Two Stone companies, Kahe Homes LLC and Commercial Property Advisors, sold a plot of industrial-zoned land near Ko Olina to a Souza-owned company, Pueo Enterprises LLC, in 2007 for $412,500, according to real estate records….

Last year, Souza provided equipment used for a beach-cleaning contract at Ko Olina held by a company headed by Paul Hospodar, chief of security at the Ko Olina Resort, business records show….

Hospodar was fired from the police force in 1995 for violent behavior and alleged drug abuse, but this year won a long-running court suit against the city, which claimed HPD had wrongfully terminated him. A jury awarded him $82,000 in damages in 2006 and the state Intermediate Court of Appeals upheld that verdict in a ruling issued early this year.

Hospodar’s lawyer in the case was Dean Choy, a longtime legal associate of Hanabusa’s who served as treasurer of her unsuccessful 2006 congressional campaign.

Choy and Hanabusa shared office space in the mid-2000’s in a Fort Street Mall building that was owned by Jeff Stone and leased to John Souza.

(click the link to read about the steroids, the broken teeth, and Saigon Passion)

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