First Hawaiian Bank

~ Conquered by the French in the Financial Wars of ‘98 ~


Sightings from The Catbird Seat

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August 31, 2006


By Bumpy Kanahele


The following mana’o is in preparation to provide an immediate Economic plan to counter federal funding programs which provide the elderly, children, health, housing, education, employment programs and services to the Kanaka Maoli (native Hawaiian) people. The Kanaka Maoli community have the worst social conditions in Hawai’i. In fact, the Kanaka Maoli are the worst economically distressed population in Hawai’i.

Economic Self determination means that the Hawaiian people have an undivided interest in the land and natural resources, but also in the wealth (kala) of our Ali’i, public and private trusts and agencies. Billions of dollars of Hawaiian trust funds in cash are in at least the top three financial institutions today, Bank of Hawaii (BoH), First Hawaiian Bank (FHB) and American Savings (ASB) in which they have benefitted hundreds of billions of dollars in leverage.

If this is so, then hundreds of Millions to BILLIONS of dollars in local Banks now are making tons of money through a 10 to 1 capital leverage formula. We’re not talking about service fees and interest rates, these fees are merely “added value” to the Banking business, we’re talking about a 10 to 1 leverage of profit-making potential.

OHA is a great example of this leverage, I believe in 1998 to 2000, they had something like 300 to 600 million dollars in First Hawaiian Bank, with their “capital leverage formula” that is 3 to 6 billion dollars in leverage to lend and invest in the community. The other thing to know about FHB is that it is owned by Bank Nationale de Paris of France. This means that Kanaka Maoli funding is also financing programs and projects in other countries, and that is just FHB.

As for Bank of Hawaii (that’s my Bank!) it makes you wonder whose Bank that really is. Of course it also makes you wonder about Connie Lau, Kamehameha Schools Trustee CEO who is also the CEO of American Savings Bank (ASB). One of the biggest shareholders of ASB is multi-national corporation, Helco.

This is just a small portion of what we find when we Follow the Money….

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June 1, 1998


Business Week Online, Edited by Douglas Harbrecht

The consolidation wave in banking and financial services has swept to the shores of Hawaii. In a move that could be just the first of a slew of buy-outs and mergers among Hawaii’s banks, First Hawaiian Bank announced on May 29 a merger with French-owned Bank of the West.

In this deal, Hawaii’s second-largest financial institution (assets of $8.15 billion) will merge with California’s fifth-largest bank (assets of $5.8 billion). The new superregional financial institution will be called BancWest and will serve 800,000 customers through 218 branches in Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and California as well as in Guam and Saipan. First Hawaiian’s Pacific One subsidiary operating in the Pacific Northwest will become part of Bank of the West.

The new company will be headed by CEO Walter A. Dods Jr., of First Hawaii. He says the merger will reduce the two banks’ combined operating expenses by 9%, or $41 million, by the millennia. Some 400 positions are also expected to be eliminated through attrition, about 8% of the banks’ total workforce. First Hawaiian branches will retain their names, and the company will retain a good amount of operational autonomy.

The deal involves a tax-free stock swap with more than $1 billion in First Hawaiian stock going to Bank of the West’s parent company, Banque National of Paris (BNP), in exchange for a 45% stake in the new combined company. First Hawaiian shareholders will receive 55% ownership in BancWest as well as 11 of the 20 corporate board seats. The combined company will be based in Honolulu. As part of the deal, BNP agreed to a four-year standstill period during which it will not attempt to acquire a larger stake in the new company. BNP is the second-largest banking group in France, with assets of $300 billion.

The diversification of Hawaii’s banks has become more urgent of late with the state’s economy mired in an eight-year slump. Hawaii bank earnings have lagged far behind national benchmarks because of problem loans left over from Japan’s real estate bubble and the double whammy of exposure in Asia. Tourism from Asia tourism has also dropped significantly.

Hawaii’s banks are considered too small to compete in the global marketplace and are unable to maintain the levels of technology that will be required for 21st century banking. The struggling Hawaii economy, however, could slow merger mania in the short term.

Analysts have long predicted that Hawaii’s large banks would need to diversify further outside of the state or risk being swallowed by larger regional or national banks. The state’s largest bank, Pacific Century Corp. (parent company of Bank of Hawaii), also has extensive operations on the West Coast and around the Pacific Rim, but the bulk of its business remains in Hawaii.

So far, however, Hawaiian consumers have been loath to accept outside banks: Bank of America sold its Hawaii retail banking operations last year to locally based American Savings Bank after BofA failed to make significant headway in the Hawaiian market.

The market response to the merger was lukewarm, with First Hawaiian stock moving up only 1/8 in very heavy trading. The company’s p-e ratio of 14 likewise reflects the market’s general indifference to First Hawaiian in this era of white-hot bank stocks.

By Alex Salkever in Honolulu


November 17, 2004

House Probes U.N.-Saddam Scam

WASHINGTON (AP) – Lawmakers are questioning whether a French bank failed to comply with U.S. money-laundering laws, possibly helping Saddam Hussein manipulate the $60 billion U.N. oil-for-food program. The bank denies any wrongdoing.

In the latest in a series of congressional investigations of alleged corruption in the oil-for-food program, the House International Relations Committee was homing in on the role of the U.S. branch of BNP-Paribas, which handled most of the oil-for-food money.

The humanitarian program, begun in 1996, allowed Iraq to trade oil for goods to help Iraqis get food, medicine and other necessities that became scarce under strict U.N. economic sanctions imposed after the Gulf War. It was credited with preventing widespread starvation.

Prior to today’s hearing, congressional investigators said Saddam diverted money from the U.N. oil-for-food program to pay millions of dollars to families of Palestinian suicide bombers who carried out attacks on Israel.

Investigators who have been following a money trail say the former Iraqi president tapped secret bank accounts in Jordan — where he collected bribes from foreign companies and individuals doing illicit business under the humanitarian program — to reward the families up to $25,000 each.

Committee Chairman Henry Hyde said the panel found evidence that BNP in some cases improperly approved payments of oil-for-food funds to companies that weren’t supposed to receive them. The bank may also have allowed payments to companies that were shipping to Iraq goods prohibited by international sanctions.

“There are indications that the bank may have been noncompliant in administering the oil-for-food program,” Hyde said in remarks prepared for Wednesday’s hearing. “If true, these possible banking lapses may have facilitated Saddam Hussein’s manipulation and corruption of the program.”

He said he was providing the committee’s findings to the House Financial Services Committee, which oversees banking issues.

BNP officials say the bank’s role in the program was limited and it had no control over how the money was spent. It acknowledges regulators had raised some issues on compliance with banking laws, but said none of these would have contributed to the oil-for-food abuses.

A series of investigations have found that Saddam, as Iraqi president, used oil smuggling, bribes and kickbacks to generate up to $21.3 billion or more in illegal revenue while under international sanctions from 1991-2003.

Though smuggling accounted for most of that money, the most sensational revelations have involved on the oil-for-food program, with allegations that Saddam and his aides bribed U.N. and foreign officials in an effort to break down the sanctions.

“We all knew that Saddam was doing everything in his power to evade sanctions,” the panel’s top Democrat, Rep. Tom Lantos said in prepared remarks. “But it is truly infuriating to discover the depth of the contempt and greed displayed by the governments of nations such as France, Russia and Syria who evidently jumped at the chance to participate in Saddam’s crimes against the international community.”

Hyde said the committee found evidence that Saddam used kickback revenues to make $25,000 payments to families of Palestinian suicide bombers who carried out attacks on Israel.

Lawmakers have clashed with U.N. officials over what documents would be provided to congressional investigators. The United Nations has raised concerns that congressional investigations could interfere with an inquiry by a committee led by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker. That committee was appointed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in April to investigate corruption allegations.

On Tuesday, Volcker told leaders of a Senate subcommittee investigating oil-for-food that the committee won’t hand over documents until its own investigative reports are issued starting in January.

Volcker also said he opposed letting U.N. staff or contractors testify before Congress because it could risk their cooperation with his investigation. Volcker was responding to a letter from Sens. Norm Coleman and Carl Levin, respectively chairman and ranking Democrat on the Senate Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

Coleman said in a statement Wednesday that Volcker assured him in a conversation Tuesday “that any efforts to thwart our investigation, or prevent my staff from interviewing witnesses, would come to an end.”

Hyde warned that “if cooperation from those agencies and institutions involved in this program continues to be inadequate, then we will exercise such enforcement remedies as the law makes available to us. This inquiry is just beginning.”

Investigators also said they had evidence BNP illegally allowed letters of credit, or payments for import deals, to be transferred to third parties.

BNP has denied the allegations.

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May 12, 2004

Update: U.N. Oil for Food Scandal Continues to Grow

Center for Individual Freedom

Last week, the Center for Individual Freedom outlined the growing scandal surrounding the United Nations’ Oil for Food program. But in the last few days, even more information evidencing the breadth of the scandal and the possible extent of the cover-up has come to light.

On May 11, the Wall Street Journal uncovered a third “hush” letter from the office of U.N. Deputy Secretary General Benon Sevan. Recall that Sevan managed the Oil for Food program and has been implicated in the scandal. Though Sevan remains on vacation pending his retirement, the letter from his office is a clear warning to the recipient, an Oil for Food consultant, that the U.N. will take legal action should any information be disclosed to Congressional or other investigators outside of the U.N.

As the Journal points out, “The Secretary-General has the authority to waive all these confidentiality agreements. The fact that Kofi Annan has chosen instead to pursue a campaign of legal intimidation is a pretty good indication that he intends as much of a whitewash as he can get away with.”

Also this week, the New York Post reported that the French bank BNP Paribas, which handled the bulk of the $111 billion worth of Oil for Food transactions, has hired attorney and Washington insider Bob Bennett who represented President Bill Clinton in the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit. According to the Post, the bank is expecting subpoenas from any of the three Congressional committees now investigating the scandal-plagued program.

Rather than hiding behind gilded lawyers, BNP Paribas ought to provide all of its Oil for Food records to Congressional and other investigators post haste. There have been enough cover-ups. And Congress needs the complete facts, especially the bank’s records of Oil for Food transactions, if it’s going to make a useful independent assessment of the damage the corruption of this program has done to U.S. interests, the war on terrorism and the Iraqi people….

Most important, it’s time for Secretary-General Annan to direct the U.N. bureaucracy to stop stonewalling. If he’s unwilling to do so or unable to bend the bureaucracy to his will, he should resign.

The Oil for Food scandal is already undermining the U.N.’s ability to contribute usefully to the reconstruction of a liberated Iraq. Thanks to the scandal, Iraqi citizens are reported to be very skeptical of the U.N. — and rightfully so, as it is now clear that Oil for Food money which was supposed to be feeding them was instead employed for bribes and pay-offs with billions going to Saddam, himself, and other enemies of peace, possibly even including Al Qaeda.

In order to preserve any notion that the U.N. can play a roll in achieving peace and democracy in Iraq, it must come clean about Oil for Food — right now.



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The money trail, French bank, BNP Paribas

This is the way to do it.

Next up in the U.N. oil-for-food scandal is a trip down the money trail, by way of the French bank tapped by the United Nations – in cahoots with Saddam Hussein – to handle the main escrow account of the graft-laden U.N. program.

BNP was picked in 1996 for the role of chief oil-for-food banker by the former U.N. secretary-general Boutros Boutros-Ghali. The U.N. inquiry into oil for food led by Mr. Volcker has reported that in choosing BNP, Mr. Boutros-Ghali bypassed U.N. procedure for competitive bidding.

Mr. Boutros-Ghali has also been described in a recent Associated Press dispatch as “the subject of speculation” regarding likely targets of the federal bribery investigation.

The AP further described him as “good friends” with the accused bagman for Saddam, South Korean Tongsun Park.

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First Hawaiian names 3 directors

Pacific Business News (Honolulu)

Hawaii’s largest bank today named executives of two of Hawaii’s largest insurance firms and the state’s largest private land trust to its board of directors.

Newly elected to the board of First Hawaiian Bank are Robert P. Hiam, president and chief executive of Hawaii Medical Service Association, the state’s largest health insurer; Faye Watanabe Kurren, president of Hawaii Dental Services, the state’s largest dental insurer; and Dee Jay Mailer, chief executive of Kamehameha Schools, the state’s largest private landowner.

“First Hawaiian is fortunate that these three talented executives, all of whom have deep roots in Hawaii, have agreed to serve,” said Don Horner, First Hawaiian’s chief executive. “They add a wealth of experience to our Board.”

Hiam has held the top post at HMSA since 1995 and has been with the firm since 1970, previously serving as chief financial officer. He attended Pacific Lutheran University in Washington and graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is chairman of the board of Aloha United Way, Pacific Health Research Institute and the HMSA Foundation.

Kurren has been president and chief executive of Hawaii Dental Service since 2003. Previously, she was president of Tesoro Hawaii Corp. from 1998 to 2003, overseeing its refining, distribution and retail operations for the mid-Pacific region. Kurren originally joined Pacific Resources Inc. as legal counsel in 1984. PRI later became BHP Hawaii and then Tesoro.

A graduate of Punahou School, Kurren holds a law degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University. She is the chair of the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women.

Before becoming Kamehameha CEO last year, Mailer had a 27-year career in health care, including serving as chief executive of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. She later worked as chief administrative and operating officer of Health Net Inc., a California health insurance program, and as chief operating officer and executive director of The Global Fund, a Swiss foundation that supports health programs in developing countries.

A graduate of Kamehameha, Mailer earned a degree in nursing and an MBA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has been active in the Hawaii Business Roundtable and in several nonprofit boards of directors.

Hawaii’s oldest and largest bank, First Hawaiian has $10.8 billion in assets. It is a subsidiary of BancWest Corp., which is a subsidiary of the French banking giant BNP Paribas.


March 12, 2000

Bishop Estates first trustees played key role in overthrow

Editorial by Bob Dye, Honolulu Advertiser

They were American annexationists, these first five trustees of the estate of Bernice Pauahi Bishop.

Within three years of their appointment, they helped strip King Kalakaua of his power. When, upon his death in 1891, Pauahi’s hanai sister Lili‘uokalani succeeded to the throne, they joined with others to depose her, establish a provisional government and a so-called republic.

The annexationists realized their ultimate political goal four years later when the Hawaiian Islands became a U.S. territory. Their political agenda had a profound effect on Bishop Estate and the Kamehameha Schools.

Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop was the last of the Kamehameha dynastic line. Upon Pauahi’s death, in the 11th year of Kalakaua’s reign, the royal lands of the Kamehamehas — one-ninth of all land in Hawaii — passed to the control of five esteemed haoles — the trustees. None had a drop of Hawaiian blood.

Those lands became a base of wealth for two great estates — those of Bishop and Damon.

The trustees were:

Charles Reed Bishop, president, founder of Bishop Bank (now First Hawaiian) and Pauahi’s husband. Born in Glenn Falls, N.Y., in 1822, he came to Hawaii in 1846 and accepted a clerkship in the U.S. Consulate. He became the Collector General of Customs in 1849, and a year later, he married the princess. She was 16 and he was 26. Her missionary teachers at the Royal School — Amos Starr and Juliette Montague Cooke — encouraged the courtship.

“I’m decidedly in favor of annexation, not only because I’m an American, proud of the ‘stars and stripes’ and expect to gain something by such a move, but because I’m an Hawaiian too, and believe that while such a change might bring its evils, it would be the best thing for the great majority of the population both native and foreign,” he wrote in 1853.

In 1873, as Lunalilo’s minister of foreign affairs, he urged the cession of Pearl Harbor to the United States for a naval base. In addition to being a trustee of the Punahou School, he headed the public board of education. He served as president of the Legislative Assembly, and was a member of the House of Nobles.

The Rev. Charles McEwen Hyde, vice-president. Hyde was born in New York City on June 8, 1832. His father, an attorney, was treasurer and general agent of the American Bible Society, and his uncle William was a board member of American Board of Commissioners of Foreign Missions.

A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and the holder of a doctor of divinity degree from Williams College, Hyde came to Hawaii in 1877 to be secretary of the Hawaiian Evangelical Association. He reorganized a Honolulu theological school as the North Pacific Missionary Institute, and served as principal. He was named a trustee of Punahou School in 1877.

Supporters called Hyde a “typical American, combining all the energy and persistency of the New Englander with the refinement and culture of the Christian Gentleman.”

Charles Montague Cooke, secretary. A son of missionary parents and teachers of Princess Pauahi, Amos Starr and Juliette Montague Cooke, he was born in Honolulu on May 16,1849.

He began his business career with Castle & Cooke, a firm founded by his father.

At the time of his appointment, he was a partner in Lewers & Cooke. He married missionary daughter Anna Charlotte Rice in 1874. They had six children. He became a trustee of Punahou School in 1880. He was a charter member of the Hawaii Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Samuel Mills Damon, treasurer of the board. A son of missionary parents, the Rev. Samuel Chenery Damon and Julia Mills Damon, he was born in Honolulu on March 3, 1845. A partner of Charles Reed Bishop in the Bishop Bank after Sept. 1, 1881, he inherited from Bernice Pauahi Bishop the ahupua‘a of Moanalua. That bequest contained about 7,000 acres, and stretched from the Koolau Range to Keehi Lagoon. He coordinated her funeral.

Earlier he had coordinated the funeral of Princess Ruth. He married missionary daughter Harriet Melinda Baldwin. Her brother, Henry P. Baldwin, was a founder of Alexander & Baldwin. At the time of appointment Damon was a member of Kalakaua’s privy council. With Charles R. Bishop, he was an executor of Princess Pauahi’s will.

William Owen Smith, trustee. A son of missionary parents, Dr. James William and Melicent Knapp Smith, he was born at Koloa, Kauai, in 1848. He became the sheriff of Kauai in 1870, and of Maui in 1872. In 1875, he was admitted to the practice of law. The following year he married Irish-born Abbey Hobron, the daughter of Capt. T.H. Hobron, founder of the 3,000 acre Grove Ranch on Maui. They had five children. He was named a trustee of Punahou School and an editor of Planters’ Monthly in 1882.

When appointed to the Bishop Estate board, he was a trustee of Lunalilo Estate. A member of the Hawaiian legislature, he was politically allied with Sanford Ballard Dole, a childhood friend. Smith, who had extensive trust experience, resigned as trustee on Oct. 20, 1886, and was replaced a day later by Joseph Oliver Carter, another trust expert.

Schooling Hawaiians

The trustees met at least once a month in the board room of Bishop & Co., but usually more often than that. Hyde’s biographer reported that trustee commissions “hovered”‘ about $1,000 a year during the first years.

But apparently individual commissions varied. Cooke returned every penny he received from his trusteeship in the first five years — a total of $989.79 — and pledged all future commissions to establish a library at the school.

The Rev. Hyde recommended a site for the Boys’ School, and enunciated “the objective, aims, method, time, and extent of the school.” Called The Prospectus of the Kamehameha Schools, the report was unanimously adopted. After Princess Pauahi’s will called for the establishment of a school to educate Hawaiian children, the document became the principal guideline for the development and management of the schools.

Hyde became the “lead trustee” for the schools and advocated appointing the Rev. William Brewster Oleson as principal. Oleson began his duties on July 1, 1886, and soon traveled to the United States to visit similar schools and recruit faculty.

Planning an overthrow

Calling King Kalakaua “a bully and a coward,” Hyde advocated his overthrow. He wrote to the Rev. Judson Smith, head of the American Board of Commissioners of Foreign Missions, on Nov. 20, 1886: “I have learned facts about the King’s measures and objects, which convince me that with the cunning of the savage and the tirelessness of revengeful animosity, he is seeking the overthrow of Christian institutions and the utter demoralization of society. His aim is to restore heathenism with its absolute power of the chief and licentious orgies of wasteful indulgence … we should have a revolution.”

A Jan. 13, 1887, correspondence from Hyde to Smith states: “By the Constitution, he is not responsible to anybody for anything he chooses to do. He can steal, murder, defraud. He cannot be called to account. But if twelve of the leading men of this community should agree upon a line of policy that they believe the King ought to pursue, and publicly demands, he would have to succumb. That is my idea in reply to your question what means there are of checking this irresistible rush to disgrace and ruin.

“But there are no such twelve men to be found in this community … But if circumstances should put me in a position in which I should have to defend the interests of Christ’s Kingdom, as against the King, I should have neither fear nor hesitancy in doing so.”

Months earlier, the king had confided to an aide that he feared he might be overthrown. Members of his staff spent the night guarding him for several weeks after as he slept in the palace.

It was confirmed later that a secret organization, called the Hawaiian League, had been formed about the first of the year, consisting of some of the most powerful businessmen and their pastors. All were white, male and mostly Protestant.

Hyde refused to join the Hawaiian League, “objecting to the secret, underhand plottings involved in such a style of procedure.” But his co-trustee Cooke was among the first to sign up. Kamehameha School principal Oleson was on its executive committee and vice principal Henry S. Townsend, was a member.

Members pledged to keep the League secret and to “protect the white community” of the kingdom “against any arbitrary or oppressive action of the government.”

The League held its first meeting at the home of Sanford B. Dole. By June 30, 1887, it had 405 members. Meetings usually took place in the evening, and in different parts of the city, to frustrate police efforts to gather information on them.

Seizing control

The revolution was bloodless.

Kalakaua was stripped of power and the government fell into the hands of the Hawaiian League. On July 5, 1887, the Honolulu Rifles were ordered out in full uniform. Their cartridge belts were full. Charles Bishop’s nephew, Eben Faxon Bishop, was one of the officers as a first lieutenant of Company B. In addition, League members armed themselves.

At the palace a New York Herald correspondent asked King Kalakaua:

“What means have you of self-defense?”

“I have my bodyguard of sixty men, who are passably well armed and drilled,” he replied, “an Austrian battery of six field pieces, two brass cannon with sweeping fire, good bolts to outside doors and good hearts within. Then, too, there are two companies of native volunteers called the Queen’s and King’s Own, composed mainly of old retainers.”

“But outside, as I understand it, there are three hundred men, over a thousand rifles and ammunition enough for a siege.”

“Yes,” replied the king, nervously wetting his lips, “but they have not got in yet.”

Hyde told a different story. He wrote that Kalakaua had “ordered his military to assemble at the palace Friday night, but only 20 assembled out of 200. When he asked them how many would fight for him, only 2 said they would.”

Hyde also wrote: “The backbone of the whole movement is the money furnished by some of our capitalists, while the brains came largely from the ‘missionary ring’ and the muscle from the sturdy mechanics, carpenters, and masons and machinists who have no great regard for royalty but do believe in right and justice.”

A man credited with financing the revolution was Trustee Damon, the banker. In July 1889, the “reform” cabinet named him minister of finance. Kalakaua died in 1893 and was succeeded by Queen Lili‘uokalani.

– Bob Dye is a Kailua historian and writer.


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By its past and present actions, by its technological capabilities, by the merciless nature of its regime, Iraq is unique. As a former chief weapons inspector of the U.N. has said, ‘The fundamental problem with Iraq remains the nature of the regime, itself. Saddam Hussein is a homicidal dictator who is addicted to weapons of mass destruction.’…

“We know that the regime has produced thousands of tons of chemical agents, including mustard gas, sarin nerve gas, VX nerve gas. Saddam Hussein also has experience in using chemical weapons. He has ordered chemical attacks on Iran, and on more than forty villages in his own country. These actions killed or injured at least 20,000 people, more than six times the number of people who died in the attacks of September the 11th….

“Iraq is a land rich in culture, resources, and talent. Freed from the weight of oppression, Iraq’s people will be able to share in the progress and prosperity of our time. If military action is necessary, the United States and our allies will help the Iraqi people rebuild their economy, and create the institutions of liberty in a unified Iraq at peace with its neighbors.”…

– George W. Bush, October 7, 2000





National Priorities Project – Cost of War



A Timeline of Oil and Violence in Iraq








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Act 221

AIG: The Un-American Group

Alexander & Baldwin

American Savings Bank: Behind the Blinds

APCOA: Buzzards in the Parking Lot

Apollo Advisors

Arbitrate This!

A Connecticut Yankee in King Kamehameha’s Court

The Blackstone Group

Blessed are the Peacemakers

Broken Trust

Buzzards in the Bank of Hawaii

Buzzards of Paradise

The Chubb Group

Claims By Harmon


Part IPart IIPart IIIPart IVPart VPart VI

Flying High In Hawaii

The Grand (and dirty) Ko Olina

The Harmon Arbitration

I Sing The Hawaiian Electric

Investigating Invesco

Investigating Investcorp

It’s about the Oil, Stupid!

Kajima: Blood, Bribes & Brutality

The Kamehameha Schools Retirement Plan

Marsh & McLennan: The Marsh Birds

Marsh & McLennan’s Mercer Consulting

Marsh & McLennan’s Putnam Investments

Paradise Paved

Predators of Paradise

The Puna Connection

Pointing the Finger at WorldPoint

RICO in Paradise

The Harmon Arbitration

The Eagle Hooded

The Great Nest Egg Robberies

The Indonesian Connection

The Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Report

The Sinking of the Ehime Maru

Vampires on Gilligan’s Island

Vultures of the Sandwich Isles

Woo vs Harmon

Yakuza Doodle Dandies



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