Editor's Note: Jim Medeiros Sr. is the president of Protect Keopuka Ohana (PKO). In March, under pressure from the Legislature, PKO got $200 million in "concessions" from the developers of the Hokulia project in Kona in exchange for dropping PKO’s lawsuit blocking construction. The statements made by Pansy Medeiros are in line with her sworn statements in filing for a Temporary Restraining Order against Jim Medeiros Sr.
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I Trusted Jim Medeiros ...
by Pansy Medeiros, 6/28/2006
“The war is over now” says Jim Medeiros Sr.
It has just begun for me, Pansy W. Medeiros, 76-year-old mother of Jim Medeiros Sr -- a name no longer easy to mention. I refer to him as the “monster” for all that he took from me so cleverly and premeditatedly. I trusted him and gave him my Power of Attorney in November 2004 when he said, "I’m going to take care of you." (That was) the biggest mistake I ever made in my life.
This he said often while he quietly and secretly emptied out my bank accounts (my life’s savings) without my knowledge. (He) took away any identification I had -- Medicare card, HMSA card, credit card, safety deposit keys and state ID card. I am so angry. I saw so many signs but kept telling myself he’s going to take care of me, even when I checked my accounts and saw what he was doing and began hiding my monies from him several times between 2004 to 2006. As soon as he discovered the ATM card was denied he would come screaming into my house in rage -- yelling and cussing about his master plan for the farm and caring for me. And like a kitten I believed him and he took me directly to the bank and took control again.
What have I done? How could I have trusted him? Too late now, he took it all -- my money, my house, all my land and any interest I had in any property anywhere. (He) even claims all of my personal property in the house.
Beware Hokulia! Hooponopono is a word Jim Medeiros Sr. uses a lot to manipulate good honest people into believing that he is “pono.” (Jim’s words) “I control! I have the power! I’m into the money now!” How pono is that?
“I oki from you ma -- I don’t need you b****** any more, I’m into the money now!” A lot of harsh, forceful and mean accusations were viciously shouted at our family hooponopono in March of this year. I hid my head and covered my ears. I didn’t want to hear or see his ugly rage toward me and my other children that were there. Violet Leihulu Mamae, Lorna Takizawa, Ronald Medeiros and Adult Protective Service Agent Mr. A Nagata were all present at this “Hooponopono,” which turned out to be “very unsuccessful.”
Hokulia beware! So far how much freedom of expression, speech or suggestion has he allowed you? Does he have “a very real and relevant voice in the process,” which “is what we set out to achieve?” (Quotes taken from “PKO, Hokulia work together to Implement Settlement Agreement” written by Jack Kelly, interviewing Jim Medeiros, Sr.)
Imagine my shock when after JM Sr. left our “hooponopono,” after a private conversation outside Yano hall with Mr. A Nagata, when I was told that JM Sr. would allow me to continue living in his house. My other children present and myself were outraged to hear it: That’s my house until I die and I am alive and well, thank you.
This is what Mr. A. Nagata directed me: to produce the deed showing my ownership. In February 2006 I revoked the Power of Attorney that Jim Sr. had and made a Durable power of Attorney naming all six of my children 4 to yea and 4 to ney. So I asked those present to help locate the deed to my house and property. I was so shocked two days later to learn that I didn’t own my house or property. The Bureau of Conveyance faxed us a copy that was recorded on Dec. 19, 2005, which I signed on Dec 14, 2005; which I have no recollection of. However I recall that I was given so many pills by JM Sr. during that period that I was so sleepy and out of it and certainly not in my right mind.
Suddenly I realized that I was homeless. Homeless in the way of all my husband -- Clarence Sr.’s and my life’s hard work was pulled right out from under my foot, just like the money my husband left me when he died in February 2000 for me to live on until I die -- all gone.
“Life estate” means “until and up to the day I die -- how generous of JM Sr. I am alive and well, Thank you. But how can I even live there with the fear that he will come and scare me to death. He has scared me many times before. I want to get my personal things. Everything in the house, around the house, the house is mine; how can it not be mine? I still can’t believe how clever he was (is) using the Power of Attorney to wipe me out. I was so blind! I want to see if anything is left in the house. There are TROs on three of my children and just to go to the house I need a police escort. See all the trouble he has caused. Anyone reading this, I need help! I need advice. He is even claiming that everything in the house is his -- my things!
Another thing that bothers me a lot: How dare Mr. Kelly mention my husband’s name in relation to Jim Sr. Jim Sr. “Oki” (divorce) from me and my family and that means my husband too. My husband is remembered in the community in a very respectful and pono way. Do not smear his good name by JM Sr.’s disgraceful and disrespectful tactics. JM Sr. says to the community and “the people on the project”: “I don’t want to be on the project and still holding bad feelings or feel like they have to hide things from us.”
People of Kona, I am so ashamed to have had such a disgraceful, rude and disrespectful son -- no longer my son -- he Oki from me and I oki from him. Please do not hold my husband, Clarence A. Medeiros Sr. responsible for the bad things JM Sr. has done and is doing.
Hey, Jim Sr.: “Malama our Kupuna”? How can you even say that? What does that mean to you? How did you malama me -- your mother?
I want my home back, my money, my belongings, my property, my pride, my dignity, my life -- everything you took from me. You know what you took from me -- you did it. My other children have only given me love, hope, forgiveness, money, their homes to live in and their families after you made me turn them away in the past. So many people I meet in the community tell me of how mean and disrespectful and rude you have been to them and I am so ashamed.
How could I have created such a monster, let you get away with so much wrong, saw you evade work for years and helped you feed your kids and help you every time you needed money. Let you have such an easy life, every time you needed anything, mom helped. So greedy never let me help anyone else.
I want restitution JM Sr.! You have left me penniless and homeless. Anyone out there who wants to see some justice and can help me, I need to hear from you. What JM Sr. did was so smoothly done within the law with the help of his lawyer, Robert Kim. Scary, every way I turn for help is like walking into a brick wall. There must be a way -- help! Anyone! Please call Lorna Takizawa, Violet L. Mamac, Roland Medeiros or Clarence Jr. -- I live with any one of them.