James B. Nicholson, Trustee vs. Harmon
(Formerly Woo vs. Harmon)
CV05-00030 DAE KSC
U.S. District Court For the District of Hawaii
Judges: David A. Ezra; Kevin S. Chang
HEARING ON MOTION FOR CONTEMPT OF COURT
DATE: January 16, 2007, 10:30 AM
(Cancelled without notice)
JUDGE: Hon. David Ezra
Address to be determined.
Hal Hansen was the Developer of Kukui Gardens and Lakeshore Towers condominium.
Hal Hansen was the seller to Defendant of his condominium apartment at Lakeshore Towers, 2920 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, Hawaii, that was foreclosed upon due to the fraudulent, biased, self-serving, and mismanaged bankruptcy and arbitration proceedings handled by trustee Mary Lou Woo, Steven Guttman, Roy Hughes, Greg Dunn, Bradley Tamm, Susan Tius, Kenneth Hipp, Jeffrey Sia, Matt Tsukazaki, Robert Katz, Gerard Jervis, Nathan Aipa, Louanne Kam, Colleen Wong, and other co-conspirators.
Defendant’s neighbor in this condominium project, William Remular, lived two doors down the hallway. Defendant formerly was a member of the Lakeshore Tower Board of Directors, and Mr. Remular and I regularly attended the Condominium Association meetings. Hal Hansen was also a frequent attendee at the Board Meetings, and my family and I had a very friendly relationship with both Mr. Hansen and Mr. Remular. William Remular was also acquainted with Gilbert Tam, and they attended the same church. Mr. Remular passed away on February 12, 1997, and I attended his funeral as did Mr. Tam.
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January 9, 1978
Honolulu's mayor beats a rap
When a Honolulu grand jury indicted Three-Term Mayor Frank Fasi for bribery last March, Special Prosecutor Grant Cooper thought he had an airtight case.
The flamboyant Fasi, 57, a former junk dealer given to gestures like throwing a birthday party for himself at Aloha Stadium and inviting 20,000 guests, was charged with entering into a "corrupt understanding" with Local Developer Hal Hansen.
Granted immunity from prosecution, Hansen talked a lot. He alleged that Fasi was to have received $500,000 disguised as campaign contributions from Hansen in exchange for the contract to build a $50 million city-sponsored condominium called Kukui Plaza; the mayor.
Hansen said, had already received approximately $65,000 in goods and cash. Fasi insisted that the charge was part of a "political vendetta" against him by Hawaii Governor George Ariyoshi, who had narrowly defeated him in the 1974 Democratic primary and was hoping to avoid a challenge by Fasi for reelection.
Last month, however, Key Witness Hansen shattered the prosecution's case. Claiming that he had been coerced to testify and that he feared the evidence would be used against him in a federal case, Hansen refused to testify in court. Circuit Judge Toshimi Sodetani held Hansen in contempt, jailed him for two weeks, then brought him back to the witness stand last week. Again Hansen kept mum, and Prosecutor Cooper, a prominent Los Angeles defense attorney hired by Hawaii to handle the case, had no choice but to move for dismissal.
Said Cooper to the court as Hansen was set free and Fasi taken off the hook: "Justice has been thwarted." So, too. may be Ariyoshi's hopes for a second term.
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William F. “Bill” Remular, 63, of Waipahu, an architect, businessman and public official, led a many-sided life that also included service as a Navy officer. Remular, who died Feb. 12, 1997 in St. Francis Hospice after a long illness, was born in Santa Monica, Calif. He moved here in 1948. He was graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1951 and later from the University of California at Berkeley, where he earned a bachelor’s in architecture. He then entered Navy service, going through Officers Candidate School. He was commissioned an ensign with the Civil Engineer Corps, eventually attaining the rank of commander. He later took over his father’s import business, involving products of Lorenzana Food Corp. of Manila, and was named “Small Businessman of the Year” by the Filipino Chamber of Commerce here. A registered architect and corporate member of the American Institute of Architects, he worked for several architectural firms and as a civilian with Headquarters, U.S. Pacific Air Forces. Later, he served as deputy director of the city Building Department under both Mayors Eileen Anderson and Frank Fasi....
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October 12, 2003
Latest scandal recalls ’70s case
R.M. Towill Corp. had been investigated for
questionable gifts to then-Mayor Frank Fasi
Harris campaign got $319K
By Rick Daysog, Star-Bulletin
The old adage that history repeats itself might apply to R.M. Towill Corp.'s recent campaign finance woes.
The 73-year-old engineering firm, one of the state's largest, figured in the 1970s scandal that rocked Honolulu Hale during the tenure of then-Mayor Frank Fasi.
During the Kukui Plaza scandal that plagued the Fasi administration, separate state and federal grand juries indicted the engineering company's former head, Richard Towill, for allegedly filing a false corporate tax return.
The 1975 federal indictment, based on an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, charged that Towill awarded $13,850 in bonuses in 1969 to employees who were required to make political contributions with that money to Fasi and other local politicians.
Two years later, a separate Oahu grand jury, prompted by an investigation by Special Prosecutor Grant Cooper, indicted Towill, Fasi and former Fasi campaign treasurer Harry C.C. Chung on related charges.
The federal jury acquitted Towill in 1979 and the state dropped their cases against Towill, Fasi and Chung.
In the latest scandal, Honolulu police, working with the city Prosecutor's Office, in July arrested three Towill executives -- Vice President Roy Tsutsui, comptroller Nancy Matsuno and engineer Kenneth Sakai -- on suspicion of violating state campaign spending laws. HPD also arrested a retired Towill employee and six people linked to Towill's subcontractors.
The donors were not charged and Tsutsui, Matsuno and Sakai have since sued HPD's top white-collar investigator, Maj. Daniel Hanagami, saying he violated their constitutional rights.
Martin Plotnick, who was hired as a special investigator assigned to Cooper in the 1970s investigation, said he sees similarities between the two controversies, based on what he's read in the local newspapers.
But Plotnick, who is president of local market research firm Creative Resources Inc., recalled that the previous scandal apparently involved less money and was limited to a much smaller circle of Towill employees.
"It appears to be on a much bigger scale today," Plotnick said.
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Hal Hanson is expected to testify regarding his business, professional, political and personal relationships with Frank Fasi, William Remular, Hugh Jones, Paul Alston, YY Valley Corporation, Judith Neustadter Fuqua, Wallace Fujiyama, James Duffy, John Marshall, James Nicholson, John Waihee, Gerard Jervis, Gilbert Tam, Robert Kihune, Herbert Horita, and others to be named upon discovery.
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