At his sold-out Dec. 9 inaugural ball, the former congressman raised almost $672,000 from some of the state’s biggest businesses, unions, law firms and high-profile individuals.
The governor released the list of donors Tuesday, after promising to do so in December. He was not required by law to share the names or the amounts they gave to support the festivities in Honolulu and on neighbor islands.
Law firm Mitsunaga & Associates, which specializes in architecture, engineering, project management and construction management, donated the most, $30,000.
Other large donations from major law firms and attorneys included $10,000 from Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing; $2,500 from Cades Shutte; $5,000 from Cronin Fried Sekiya Kekina & Fairbanks; $5,000 from Foley & Lardner LLP; $5,000 from Gary O. Galiher; $2,500 from Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel; $2,500 from McCorriston Miller Mukai Mackinnon; and $2,500 from the Law office of James Stone.
Public unions were also big financial supporters of the governor. Put another way, the inaugural ball donors included many of the same donors that gave to Abercrombie’s gubernatorial campaign.
The Hawaii Government Employees Association, the state’s largest union, gave $5,000. Hawaii Fire Fighters Association, Hawaii Laborers PAC, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 1357, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 142, Local Union 1186 IBEW, Sheet Metal Workers International Association, the United Association of Plumbers $ Fitters, United Public Workers and the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly union gave a total of $50,500.
Even state agencies chipped in: The Office of Hawaiian Affairs donated $10,000. The UH Foundation gave $7,500, while UH Foundation-Board of Regents and UH Foundation-Athletics each gave $2,500.
Former Gov. Ben Cayetano gave $2,500. House Rep. Joey Manahan also gave $2,500.
It’s no surprise that top businesses in the state gave the largest amount. Alexander & Baldwin, Bank of Hawaii, Castle & Cooke Homes, First Hawaiian Bank, First Insurance Company of Hawaii, Kapolei Property Development, Hawaiian Electric, Hawaiian Telcom, Kamehameha Schools, HMSA, Kiewit, the Kobayashi Group, Oceanit, R M Towill Corp., Sandwich Isle Communications, Stanford Carr Development and the Gas Company donated a total of $123,200.
Kapolei Property Development donated the largest chunk of that, $15,000.
Tourism heavyweights Aston Hotel & Resorts gave $5,000; Diamond Resorts Centralized Services Company gave $5,000; Outrigger Enterprises gave $10,000; Ko Olina Resorts Operation gave $5,000; Princeville Associates gave $5,000; DFS Hawaii gave $2,500 and Hawaiian Airlines got into the act, too, donating $10,000.
The total from those tourism businesses came to $42,500.
There were other names of interest among the donors.
Update Marc Alexander, the former Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu, donated $500. Alexander left his post with the church after accepting a position as Gov. Abercrombie’s coordinator on homeless Jan. 20.
Charles Sted, CEO of Hawaii Pacific Health, donated $2,500 and Roald Marth, chief executive of Kuokoa, Inc., donated $10,000.
All of the donations were used to pay for the inaugural events, Abercrombie spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz told Civil Beat.
In an e-mail, Dela Cruz said: “The Inauguration Gala of Governor Neil Abercrombie and Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz was designed to pay for all activities related to the transition period and inauguration, including the official ceremony, luau and neighbor island events. Any proceeds remaining after expenses will be donated to the statewide Hawaiian Humane societies and Meals on Wheels as well as organizations to be determined.
“Donations were used to pay for these inaugural and transition expenses to avoid spending additional taxpayer dollars since the State of Hawaii does not have a special fund for inauguration.”
A full list of the donors and their amounts is below.