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OHA LLCs Funnel Dollars to COO, Individuals, Lawfirm
By Andrew Walden @ 9:45 PM :: 2800 Views :: Ethics, OHA

by Andrew Walden

In FY 2021 OHA paid $264,387.80 paid to its’ LLCs: $205,420.80 to Hi’ilei Aloha and $58,967.00 to Ho’okipaipai, LLC. 

Where is that money going?

In response to a UIPA request from Hawai’i Free Press, OHA LLCs handed over 2019-21 check registers and financial statements in PDF format:

Hi’ilei Aloha LLC

Hi’ipaka LLC

Ho’okipaipai LLC

We combined the 2019-21 check registers and transformed them into a searchable and sortable XCEL format for each LLC. 

Here are the highlights:

Hi’ilei Aloha LLC

--OHA gave $205,420.80 to Hi’ilei Aloha

--$1,521,237.09 spent overall

--$22,798.83 to Mona Bernardino, chief operating officer of Hi’ilei Aloha LLC, including checks for $4,000 on July 15, 2020 and $2,000 on August 6, 2020.

--hundreds of payments directly to other named individuals.

--$20,256.11 to ES&A Law Firm

--$8,939.92 to Ning Lilly & Jones Law Firm

--$33,551.60 to Hi’ipaka, LLC

Hi’ipaka LLC

--$14,040,552.09 spent overall operating Waimea Valley

--hundreds of payments to Amazon, Best Buy, Home Depot and other retail outlets

--hundreds of payments directly to named individuals.

--$26,577.02 to ES&A Law Firm

--$20,000.00 to Hi’ilei Aloha LLC March 3, 2020

Ho’okipaipai LLC

--OHA gave $58,967.00 to Ho’okipaipai, LLC.

--$286,318.22 spent overall.

--$15,397.97 to Mona Bernardino in four checks all dated September 6, 2019 

--several checks paid directly to named individuals.

--$20,000 to ES&A Law Firm June 27, 2019

--$24,255.31 to Hi’ilei Aloha LLC

Money Trail

--The $58,967.00 OHA gave to Ho’okipaipai in FY2020-21 is only $686.28 less than the $59,653.28 Ho’okipaipai paid to ES&A, Bernardino and Hi’ilei Aloha.

--The $44,255.31 Ho’okipaipai and Hi’ipaka gave to Hi’ilei Aloha LLC is only $1,200.37 more than the $43,054.94 Hi’ilei Aloha paid to ES&A and Bernardino.

OHA Trustee Dan Ahuna calls OHAs LLCs ‘a profitable model’.  

Click the links above and search the record yourself—who are the “beneficiaries” of the OHA “friends and family plan”? 



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2019: OHA LLCs Agree to Provide Check Register

2019: After Years of Illegality, OHA LLCs Hand over Check Registers—Trustees Repeal Nepotism Clause

2019: OHA Refuses to Cooperate with Auditor—May Lose Legislative Appropriation to Hide LLC Secrets

2021: Legislative Audit of OHA’s Limited Liability Companies Cancelled 

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