THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
OFFICE OF THE U.S. TRUSTEE
David C. Farmer, Successor Trustee
Bobby N. Harmon
(Formerly Mary Lou Woo vs. Harmon and James Nicholson vs. Harmon)
United States District Court, District of Hawaii
Judges: David A. Ezra; Kevin S. Chang
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George Ariyoshi is a former governor of Hawaii; signed Act 253 into law on May 29, 1985, enabling Hawaii to be a captive insurance company domicile; Of Counsel with Watanabe Ing Kawashima & Komeiji, LLP; Chairman of Prince Resorts Hawaii; former board member of Pihana Pacific, Inc.; Director, Accela, Inc.; Chairman of the Board of East-West Center.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
George Ryoichi Ariyoshi (born March 12, 1926), served as the third Governor of Hawaiʻi from 1974 to 1986. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He assumed the governorship when John A. Burns was declared incapacitated. When he was elected, Ariyoshi became the first American of Asian descent to be elected governor of a state of the United States. He also holds the record as the longest-serving state governor in Hawaiʻ?i, a record that will likely never be broken because of term limits. Ariyoshi is now considered an elder statesman of the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi.
Born in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, to Japanese immigrant parents, Ariyoshi graduated in 1944 from McKinley High School. As World War II drew to a close, he served as an interpreter with the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Service in Japan. Upon returning stateside, he first attended the University of Hawaiʻi at Māanoa, then transferred to Michigan State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1949. He then went on to receive his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
Ariyoshi's political career began in 1954 when he was elected to the territorial house of representatives. He was later elected to the territorial senate in 1958, then to the State Senate in 1959. He served in the senate until 1970 when he ran for and was elected Lieutenant Governor of Hawaiʻi in 1970 with Governor John A. Burns. When Governor Burns fell ill in October 1973, Ariyoshi assumed his constitutional role as acting governor.
In the election of 1974, he was elected governor in his own right, with Nelson Doi as his lieutenant governor. He was re-elected in 1978 with Jean King as lieutenant governor and in 1982 with John D. Waihee III as lieutenant governor. Ariyoshi's administration was marked by fiscal conservatism as the post-statehood economic boom came to an end. He guided the state through its first economic recession. Barred by term limits from seeking another term in 1986, Ariyoshi was succeeded by Waihee. After leaving public office, he served in a variety of corporate and non-profit capacities.
Ariyoshi married Jean Hayashi Ariyoshi, in 1955, in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. They have a daughter, Lynn, born in 1957; and two sons, Ryozo, born in 1959, and Donn, 1961.
In her book "Washington Place: A First Lady's Story", Jean Ariyoshi credits former police officer Larry Mehau as becoming responsible for her family's safety. Mehau was also named "Neighbor Islands Coordinator" for her husband's campaign for governor. In the book she states that Mehau, although having a reputation as being honest and tough, was nicknamed in the press as "the Godfather." She does not mention why he was given this nickname, but the press did so because he was accused of having ties to the criminal underworld. According to Jean Ariyoshi, Mehau offered his help but told her husband: "I know I'm controversial, so don't put me up in front." Her husband responded: "I've known you for a long time and I've known you to be a good and honest person. What kind of friend would I be if I said 'I want your help but I don't want anyone to know you're helping me?' I'm not afraid to have people know of our friendship."
In his own 200-page autobiography, "With Obligation to All", George Ariyoshi does not mention Larry Mehau at all.
Ariyoshi has also served as president of the Hawaii Bar Association and served on the board of directors for First Hawaiian Bank, the Honolulu Gas Company and Hawaiian Insurance Guaranty Company. He also served on the board of governors at the East-West Center, based in Honolulu, an internationally known education and research organization that was established by U.S. Congress. As governor, he is credited with revitalizing the organization, and joined the board when his term as governor ended. He served five terms as chairman, until he was not reappointed by Republican Governor Linda Lingle, in 2003.
Honolulu Star Bulletin Article about Ariyoshi's Wife and her book, Washington Place: A First Lady's Story
Honolulu Star Bulletin Editorial Column
The Hawaiʻi Connection
George Ariyoshi Tribute Site
See also: Witness: J.C. Shannon
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LAND AND POWER IN HAWAII
by George Cooper, Gavan Daws
... Not only did legislative leaders get extensively involved in development, but in their land business and their other enterprises they crossed lines of political party, political faction, and social class.
The 15 men listed in Table 4 below were all Democratic legislative leaders. The business associations listed occurred while they were legislative leaders. Most though not all associations involved land.
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ARIYOSHI, GEORGE R. - ... Elected director 1966 Hawaiian Insurance & Guaranty Co., Ltd., wholly-owned subsidiary of C. Brewer. As attorney represented Brewer 1967 before Honolulu City Council re improvement district matters involving Brewer downtown Honolulu property....
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January 14, 2008
Red Hot Lava Menaces Old-boy Scam
Special from Hawaii Free Press, by Andrew Walden
Red hot lava threatening Puna’s Royal Gardens subdivision opens yet another chapter in a long-running saga. A hui of elected officials and state and county engineers in 1961 bought the 1,807 acre site from the Bishop Estate (Kamehameha Schools) for $200,000 after easily obtaining preliminary approval to subdivide from the Hawaii County Planning Commission.
Democrat Gov. George Ariyoshi, then a state Senator, was at the center of the Royal Gardens hui and at the center of the early 1960s subdivision boom on the Big Island. George Cooper and Gavan Daws, authors of the landmark 1985 book “Land and Power in Hawaii,” demonstrate how Big Island subdividers modeled their plans on earlier scams to sell swampland in Florida.
“A (Royal Gardens) brochure described the development as being ‘directly adjacent to Hawaii Volcano National Park with its spectacular attractions.’ Another way of putting this would be to say that Royal Gardens was only 12 miles to the east-southeast of an active volcano ….
“In 1960 a lava flow covered much of Kapoho, destroying the village of that name. In 1977 an eruption nearly destroyed the village of Kalapana, about three miles northeast along the coast from Royal Gardens. Then in 1983, 1984, and 1985, a total of seven lava flows entered Royal Gardens, destroying altogether 22 homes, or about one in three of all residences so far built in the subdivision ….
“With this in mind, it is ironic to note that among those who invested in Royal Gardens in the 1960s were several people connected directly or indirectly, then or later, with government response to natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions.
“Investor Arthur Ishimoto was in 1983 state director of civil defense. Engineering consultant Yoshio Inaba had approved Royal Gardens’ creation as county engineer. As county engineer he also had some responsibility for Big Island civil defense plans and operations. One of Royal Gardens’ lawyers, George Ariyoshi, was the state’s chief executive when the volcano erupted (in 1983). The son of two other investors, the Matayoshis, was the Big Island’s chief executive in 1983.”
Other limited partners included judges, senators and representatives, Hawaii county supervisors (council members), a future Hawaii county mayor, and state and county engineering personnel.
Cooper and Daws explain: “Norman Inaba, who brought Milolii Beach Lots Subdivision and Royal Gardens into existence, was among the biggest of Hawaii County’s developers. In 1964 the Hawaii Star-Bulletin described him as ‘the Big Island’s most diversified if not the biggest subdivider with nine developments around the island covering some 7,000 acres.’”
By the end of the boom in the mid-1970s about 80,000 lots had been created on an island with a population of about 80,000. Twelve percent of lot buyers were Big Island residents. This meant that about 25 percent of Big Island families had an investment in the success of the schemes. Another 35 percent were Oahu residents. These local residents were voters who expected to profit from their purchases. They became a political base for the developers and politicians.
This was typical of other developments including Kihei, Maui and Salt Lake Oahu. Elected officials named in development-related corruption scandals often went on to higher office while those who questioned this type of speculative development often lost out.
The first speculative development was Hawaiian Acres -- 12,000 acres subdivided into about 4,000 lots in 1958. The lots sold quickly, inspiring more subdivisions to be formed. On a single day in 1962, just before some changes in the state’s land use law would take effect, the Hawaii County Planning Commission approved 42 new subdivisions totaling 3,500 lots.
In December 1966, the Hawaii County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance requiring paved roads and water lines. This did not end subdivision but rather forced the elected speculators to extract more profit in order to pay for the improvements. The result was developments such as Kona Highlands. Meanwhile sales in substandard subdivisions continued as developers still held many lots.
As many as 60 percent of the Big Island’s subdivisions fall within the U.S. Geological Survey’s “high risk” (Zone 2) and “highest risk” (Zone 1) areas. Volcanic activity along the east rift zone of Kilauea has been frequent since 1955 and constant since 1983. In 1969 a hui of developers attempted to subdivide 6,000 acres of Kapoho. As described by Cooper and Daws, “(Their) planning consultant wrote that the project’s ‘major tourist attractions include…the 1960 lava cone and surrounding lava field providing visitors with an opportunity to experience the awesome forces of nature.’” Although the county Planning Commission supported the application, the state Land Use Commission turned it down.
About 49 percent of Hawaii is today owned by state or federal government. Another 47 percent is owned by large trusts such as Kamehameha Schools or Parker Ranch. That leaves 4 percent for the public. This stands in sharp contrast to the other 49 states. For instance in New Mexico, slightly over 40 percent of land is owned by state and federal government. But the top 40 private New Mexico landowners together own only about 8% of the state. In eastern states, the percentage of land in governmental hands is often below 10 percent and private ownership is even more diversified.
Cooper and Daws quote a 1958 editorial from the Hilo Tribune Herald: “This newspaper goes along with the optimists, confident that the eager buying of land, much of it sight unseen, means that the Big Island is finally coming into its own, and that we are on the threshold of development that has kept Oahu singing with prosperity…Here on the Big Island we don’t much care what brings them in as long as they come and as long as they buy ….”
Some look back on this era with disdain. But they are fooling themselves. Today politicians extract far more from the schemes by staying away from active volcanoes and letting professionals do the developing. After the Hokulia decision was announced in March, 2006, West Hawaii Today editor Reed Flickinger opined: "Hokulia has raised the bar in what can and should be offered to the community by developers. It also serves as a significant benchmark for government officials who are too easily cowed by developers claiming an inability to provide benefits or mitigate impacts because the project would then be ‘no longer profitable’. There now exists proof to the fallacy of that allegation by so many developers."
Today more money than ever is being extracted from developers. Hawaii’s economy remains based on land development rather than the development of the educational and economic potential of individuals. And 10,000 residents left for the mainland last year even in the midst of an economic boom.
“Land and Power in Hawaii” (Royal Gardens p263-77):
New Mexico land ownership:
Hawaii land ownership:
Andrew Walden is the publisher and editor of Hawaii Free Press, a Big Island-based newspaper....
HawaiiReporter.com reports the real news, and prints all editorials submitted, even if they do not represent the viewpoint of the editors, as long as they are written clearly....
See also: http://archives.starbulletin.com/2008/02/29/news/story01.html
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NEW DISCOVERY (06-24-08):
June 14, 1994
Guest List for White House Dinner for the Emperor and Empress of Japan
Following is the guest list for tonight's dinner for the Emperor and Empress of Japan, as provided by the White House:
President Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Vice President Al Gore and Tipper Gore.
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.
Kiichi Miyazawa, head of the official suite and member of the Japanese House of Representatives.
Ambassador Takakazu Kuriyama of Japan and Masako Kuriyama.
Shoichi Fujimori, grand steward of the Imperial Household.
Kiyoshi Sumiya, grand master of the ceremories, Imperial Household.
Ambassador Hideo Kagami, the Emperor's press secretary and special assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Yasuo Shigeta, Vice Grand Chamberlain to the Emperor.
Kazuko Inoue, chief lady-in-waiting to the Empress.
Ambassador Makoto Watanabe, chief of protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Tadayuki Monoyama, vice grand master of the ceremonies, Imperial Household.
Katsuei Hirasawa, Deputy Director-General, National Police Agency.
Masaharu Kono, director of the First North America Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Bernard Aidinoff, partner of the Sullivan & Cromwell law firm, and Dr. Betty-Ann Ottinger.
Edward Albee, playwright.
Madeleine K. Albright, United States Representative to the United Nations.
Paul A. Allaire, chief executive of the Xerox Corporation, and Kay Allaire.
George Ariyoshi, former Governor of Hawaii, and Jean Ariyoshi.
Joan N. Baggett, White House political director.
Curtis H. Barnette, chief executive of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, and Joanna Barnette.
Milo Beach, director of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, and Robin Beach.
Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen and B. A. Bentsen.
Samuel R. Berger, deputy national security adviser, and Susan Berger.
Justice Harry A. Blackmun and Dorothy Blackmun.
Senator Bill Bradley, Democrat of New Jersey, and Ernestine Bradley.
Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown and Alma Brown.
Mary Burke, art collector, and Christopher Addison.
August A. Busch 3d, chairman of the Anheuser-Busch Companies, and Virginia Busch.
Ely Callaway, owner of Callaway Golf, and Lucinda Callaway.
Gerhard Casper, president of Stanford University, and Dr. Regina Casper.
Anne Cox Chambers, chairwoman of the Cox newspapers, and Maurice Sonnenberg.
Secretary of State Warren Christopher.
Hume Cronyn, actor, and Jessica Tandy, actress.
Lloyd N. Cutler, White House counsel.
Anne d'Harnoncourt, director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Joseph Rishel, senior curator.
Robert J. Eaton, chief executive of the Chrysler Corporation, and Cornelia Eaton.
Lawrence J. Ellison, chief executive of the Oracle Corporation, and Kathleen M. O'Rourke.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, and Richard Blum.
George Fisher, chief executive of the Eastman Kodak Company, and Patricia Ann Fisher.
Representative Thomas S. Foley of Washington, Speaker of the House.
Representative Richard A. Gephardt, Democrat of Missouri, and Jane Gephardt.
William Gleysteen Jr., president, of the Japan Society, and Marilyn Wong.
Joseph T. Gorman, chief executive of TRW.
Katharine Graham, chairman of The Washington Post Company.
Marcia L. Hale, White House director of intergovernmental affairs.
Representative Lee H. Hamilton, Democrat of Indiana, and Nancy Hamilton.
Alexis M. Herman, White House public liaison director.
Senator Daniel K. Inouye, Democrat of Hawaii, and Margaret Inouye.
Will Ito, national security aide, and Melinda Ito.
Satoshi Iue, chief executive of the Sanyo Electric Company, and Masako Iue.
Judith Jamison, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey dance company, and Masazumi Chaya, associate director.
Mickey Kantor, United States Trade Representative, and Heidi Schulman.
Masahiko Kasuga of Japan Green Stamp America, and Nadine Kasuga.
Anthony Lake, national security adviser, and Kristie Kenney.
Gerald M. Levin, chairman of Time Warner, and Barbara Jo Levin.
Ambassador Winston Lord, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and Betty Bao Lord, author.
Mike Mansfield of Goldman, Sachs & Company, and Maureen Mansfield.
Representative Robert T. Matsui, Democrat of California, and Doris Matsui, White House deputy director of public liaison.
Jerry Maulden, chief executive of the Arkansas Power & Light Company, and Sue Maulden.
David McCullough, author and historian, and Rosalee McCullough.
John McDonnell, chief executive of the McDonnell Douglas Corporation, and Anne McDonnell.
Thomas F. McLarty 3d, White House chief of staff, and Donna McLarty.
Representative Robert H. Michel, Republican of Illinois, and Corinne Michel.
Representative Norman Y. Mineta, Democrat of California, and Danealia Mineta.
Representative Patsy T. Mink, Democrat of Hawaii, and John Mink.
Walter F. Mondale, Ambassador to Japan, and Joan Mondale.
Paul Montrone, chief executive, Fisher Scientific International, and Sandra Montrone.
Thomas S. Murphy, chief executive of Capital Cities/ABC, and Suzanne Murphy.
Matsuichi Nakamura, chairman of Daiwa Steel Tube Industries, and Nobuko Nakamura.
Samuel I. Newhouse Jr., chairman of Conde Nast Advance Publications, and Victoria Newhouse.
Energy Secretary Hazel R. O'Leary.
Michael Ovitz, chairman of the Creative Artists Agency, and Judy Ovitz.
Dr. George Packard, director of the Reischauer Center, and Lavinia Packard.
Senator Claiborne Pell, Democrat of Rhode Island, and Nuala Pell.
Defense Secretary William J. Perry and Lee Perry.
Ambassador Molly Raiser, State Department chief of protocol, and Douglas J. Bennet, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations.
Carol H. Rasco, White House domestic policy adviser.
Senator John D. Rockefeller 4th, Democrat of West Virginia, and Sharon Rockefeller.
Mstislav Rostropovich, music director of the National Symphony Orchestra, and Galina Vishnevskaya, soprano.
Robert E. Rubin, White House economic policy adviser, and Judith Rubin.
Richard T. Schlosberg, publisher of the Times Mirror Company, and Katharine Schlosberg.
Michael P. Schulhof, chief executive of Sony Corporation of America.
Bernard Schwartz, chief executive of the Loral Corporation, and Irene Schwartz.
Donna E. Shalala, Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Gen. John Shalikashvili, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Joan Shalikashvili.
Frank A. Shrontz, chief executive of the Boeing Company, and Harriett Shrontz.
Robert Singer, curator of Japanese art at the Los Angeles County Museum, and Sean Powell.
John F. Smith Jr., chief executive, the General Motors Corporation, and Lydia Smith.
Nancy Soderberg, national security aide.
Barbra Streisand, singer and actress, and Peter Jennings, ABC News anchor.
Strobe Talbott, Deputy Secretary of State, and Brooke Shearer.
Laurence A. Tisch, President of CBS, and Wilma Tisch.
Gary Tooker, chief executive of Motorola, and Diane Tooker.
R. E. (Ted) Turner, chairman of the Turner Broadcasting System, and Jane Fonda, actress.
Ezra F. Vogel, professor of social sciences at Harvard, and Charlotte Ikels.
Lewis Wasserman, chairman of MCA Universal Studios, and Edie Wasserman.
Oprah Winfrey, talk-show hostess, and Quincy Jones, music producer.
James D. Wolfensohn, chairman of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Elaine Wolfensohn.
Mortimer B. Zuckerman, editor in chief of U.S. News & World Report, and Diane Von Furstenberg, fashion designer.
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Disavow: A CIA Story of Betrayal
By Rodney Stich & T. Conan Russell
The Saga of
Ron Rewald and Bishop, Baldwin, Rewald & Wong
CAST OF CHARACTERS
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George Ariyoshi is expected to testify with regards to his business, professional and personal relationships with Kamehameha Schools, J. Douglas Ing, Judge Kevin Chang, Judge Robert Faris, William S. Richardson, Judge Eden Elizabeth Hifo, Kathleen Sullivan, Paul Alston, Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, William Chee, John Komeiji, Judith Neustadter Fuqua, Royal Gardens, Mary Lou Woo, Michael Chun, Rockne Freitas, Guy Lam, Constance Lau, Wayne Minami, Dianne Plotts, Chris Hemmeter, Sukamto Sia, Guido Giacometti, Susan Tius, Hawaiian Electric Industries, Robert Clarke, Edwina Clarke, Prince Resorts Hawaii, Tsutsumi Yoshiaki, Seibu Hawaii, Jeffrey Stone, Richard Wong, Henry Peters, Walter Dods, First Hawaiian Bank, BankWest, Federal Deposit Insurance Company (FDIC), Donna Tanoue, Kirk Caldwell, William Simon, Goldman Sachs, Sumitomo, Mary Bitterman, Linda Chu Takayama, Cliff Miyoi, Wayne Metcalf, J.P. Schmidt, C. Brewer & Co., Elizabeth K. Lindsey Buyers, Doc Buyers, Robert Katz, Mark Polivka, Neal Kunde, Gerald Takeuchi, Four Star Insurance Agency, Hawaiian Insurance & Guaranty Company, HIG/UNICO, Zephyr Insurance, Sukamto Sia, Ron Rewald, John Waihee, Ben Cayetano, Jeff Watanabe, Rockne Freitas, Oswald Stender, Dan Inouye, Daniel Akaka, Ed Case, Jeffrey Case, Larry Mehau, Kamehameha Schools, University of Hawaii Foundation, East West Center, William Perry, Madeline Albright, Earl Anzai, Lyn Anzai, Hiroyoshi “Scrub” Tanaka, Judge E. John McConnell, Lawrence Johnson, Summit Communications, Steven Guttman, Alan Ma, Accela, Inc., Convergence CT, Bradley Mossman, Sr., Pihana Pacific, Mark Recktenwald, Colbert Matsumoto, Robin Campaniano, AIG, Warren Price, Judge Wendell Huddy, Dee Jay Mailer, Art Woolaway, Alexander & Baldwin, Rocco Sansone, Marsh & McLennan, Inc., Mufi Hanneman, Asia Pacific Consulting Group, Mike Amii, David Farmer, Barack Obama, and others to be determined upon discovery.
Bias Complaints / Motion to Recuse
Documents, Letters, News Articles and Related Links
Equity 2048 -The Richards Report
XL Reinsurance Policy No. XLRKS-01796
Equity 2048 - Related Correspondence and Documents
IRS Closing Agreement for Kamehameha Schools
Broken Trust - The Book
First posted: October 20, 2005, by The Catbird
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March 13, 2007: Judge David Ezra signs Order to shut down website
January 13, 2010: Latest update on www.kycbs.net
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