Saturday, October 24, 1998

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Mililani Trask
tops list in funds
for OHA race

Clayton Hee was second
in fund raising among the
37 candidates for the five
OHA seats up for grabs

By Pat Omandam


Boosted by two $25,000 campaign contributions from her brother-in-law this year, Mililani Trask has raised the most campaign money among candidates in the three races for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

According to a partial list of OHA preliminary general election reports filed yesterday at the state Campaign Spending Commission, William E. Gibson of Incline Village, Nev., made a contribution of $25,000 on March 31 to Trask's campaign and made another on May 22.

Trask raised $7,701 more for her campaign, with $1,000 from Dr. Naleen Andrade, chairperson of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Hawaii Medical School.

Trask could not be reached for comment yesterday evening. Of the $47,844 she spent, $9,164 was for ads on radio station KCCN. Other expenditures included rent for her Liliha Street campaign headquarters, campaign brochures and signs, and neighbor island travel for her statewide race.

The deadline to file this round of campaign spending reports -- from Sept. 20 to Oct. 23 -- was at 4:30 p.m. yesterday. There are 37 candidates vying for five seats at OHA. The late Gard Kealoha, a former trustee, also filed papers to run for OHA.

In second place was former OHA Chairman Clayton Hee, followed by former trustee Louis Hao, incumbent Rowena Akana and former trustee Kina'u Boyd Kamali'i.


Hee raised $30,376 for this campaign and spent $27,964, of which $23,682 went for television ads. He also spent $4,400 for print ads in Ka Wai Ola o OHA, the agency's newspaper, and for radio ads.

Hao raised $14,230 and spent $13,368. About $10,000 of his expenses were for a statewide mailing of campaign brochures. Akana raised $12,386 and spent $7,659, while Kamali'i raised $11,055.24 and spent $9,111.

Kamali'i's expenditures included $3,348 for ads in OHA's newspaper, $409 for a voter phone list from the Democrat Party of Hawaii and $3,136 for ads on KCCN FM/KINE Radio.

Dante K. Carpenter, former Big Island mayor and former OHA administrator, raised $7,790 and spent $6,583.15. Of that amount, Carpenter paid $2,467 to Lynne Waters Production for producing radio commercials.

Another candidate, Larry J. Kiyohiro, reported a deficit of $608 after he spent all of the $9,715 he raised. Among his contributors are current trustees Colette Machado and Haunani Apoliona, who gave $1,201 and $1,580, respectively.

Kiyohiro is a member of a slate of candidates that include Campos, B. Mokihana Watson, Mahealani Kamauu and OHA Chairwoman A. Frenchy DeSoto. DeSoto's campaign spending report was not received when the commission closed yesterday.

The commission has set the voluntary expenditure limit for OHA at $17,460, although some OHA candidates have agreed not to raise more than $1,000 in their campaigns and were not required to file a report yesterday.

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