Walter Dods. Jeff Stone. Bert Kobayashi.

Some of Hawaii’s top business leaders are putting their money behind U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa — even though she still has a month to declare whether she’ll run for the Senate.

Hanabusa raised a total of $228,714 for the three months ending June 30, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission. Of that amount, $167,500 — almost three-fourths — came from individual donors. Another $59,500 came from political committees.

Hanabusa’s expenses totaled $41,975 for the same period. She reported having $260,995 in cash on hand as of June 30.

The quarterly reports were due July 15, but as of 6 p.m. Hawaii time, only Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard, who is running for the 2nd Congressional District, had filed. Reports for Mazie Hirono and Ed Case had not yet been posted.

Hirono told Civil Beat Thursday that she raised nearly $300,000. Former Congressman Ed Case, who declared his Senate intentions April 10, said he raised about $240,000.

Some usual suspects donated money to Hanabusa, including retired bank executive Walter Dods, ($5,000) and Hawaii developer Jeff Stone ($2,500). Attorneys, business executives and union organizations also gave money.

Here’s a sampling of some of Hanabusa’s donors. View the full list here.

Developers, Engineers

  • Bert Kobayashi, president and CEO of Kobayashi Group.: $2,500
  • Greg Hiyakumoto, engineer with RM Towill Corp.: $2,500
  • Richard Dahl, executive at the James Campbell Co.: $2,500
  • Jeff Stone, president of Pacific Northwest: $2,500
  • Michael Jones with DR Horton Schuler Homes: $1,000
  • James Thompson, surveyor with Walter Thompson Inc.: $500

Attorneys, Business Executives

  • Walter Dods, retired bank executive: $5,000 (plus $1,000 from his wife Diane)
  • Tim Johns, HMSA senior vice president: $2,500
  • Leighton Mau, Waikiki Business Plaza: $2,500
  • Stanley Kuriyama, CEO of Alexander & Baldwin: $2,500
  • Robert Hiam, president and CEO of HMSA: $2,500
  • Patrick and Jan Sullivan of Oceanit Laboratories: $2,500 each
  • Attorney Mark Davis of Davis Levin Livingston: $2,500
  • Mark Yamakawa, administrator with The Queen’s Health Systems: $1,000
  • George Pasha, of Pasha Hawaii: $500
  • Bob Toyofuku, attorney with BT Consulting: $500
  • Barron Guss, CEO of Altres Staffing: $500


  • Ironworkers Political Action League of Washington, D.C.: $5,000
  • International Union of Painters & Allied Trades: $4,000
  • Carpenters Legislative Improvement Committee of D.C.: $5,000

Tulsi Gabbard’s Take

Honolulu City Council member Tulsi Gabbard raised $20,208 for the same reporting period, all from individuals. Gabbard is running for the 2nd Congressional District seat being vacated by Mazie Hirono, who’s running for U.S. Senate.

Gabbard spent $3,240 in the period and had $16,968 on hand as of June 30.

She raised money from some familiar names as well including Honolulu Emergency Services Director Jim Ireland ($500); former state energy chief and current Kuokoa President Ted Peck ($500); and Cameron Nekota with D.R. Horton-Schuler Homes ($750).

Some of her larger donations included $5,000 from Walt Cardient of a San Jose address who is chairman of Pacific Advisors, and $2,500 from Mel Chiogioji, president and CEO of MELE Associates of a Maryland address. Her brother, Vrindavan Gabbard of a New York address, gave $5,000.

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