Robertson did meet with some initial success getting partial buy-in from Kaua'i United Way, Malama Ponoand even an endorsement of the idea from county of Kauai Mayor Brian Baptiste.October 24, 2002 Development Committee Meeting Rowena Cobb reported on a meeting to discuss apossible facility to house organizations such as Ho’ike, GIAC, Boy Scouts of America, Boys and GirlsClub and United Way of Kauai. Minutes state “Rowena and J will be doing a presentation to the ManoWai board in Honolulu.” Over the next two years, many nonprofits were targeted and pitched to by Cobband Robertson. The minutes are sketchy around this time period, and indicate that Ho'ike board wasunable to make quorum for many months.Cobb moved from Ho`ike Development chair to the position of Ho`ike Board President. With Cobb asHo`ike board President the Kauai Center for Arts, Education, and Technology a limited liability corporation(KCAET LLC) was created to represent the interests of the non-profits that bought into the idea. Cobbbecame the designated agent for the LLC and the managers of the LLC was Mano Wai. The agent for Mano Wai was Robert Kihune, who is also the organizations CEO and President ( Kihune is also a VicePresident of Sandwich Isle Communications). Cobb requested and was granted power of attorney byHoike, and was now in a position of authority to act on behalf of the LLC in concert with Mano Wai. (Itshould be noted that whenever a member of the public was present, the Hoike board went into ExecutiveMeeting to discuss these details).The subsequent actions of Cobb on behalf of KCAET LLC and Kihune on behalf of Mano Wai resulted inwhat Ho`ike Board member and attorney Teri Tico would describe as “so much confusion that even shewho had been an attorney for 30 years didn’t get it." GIAC spokesperson, Diane Sumida, concluded that,“due to the lack of clarity in the paperwork, and inability to obtain information, made it one of the mostdifficult tasks of her entire business career." Both Cobb and Kihune were given authority to act on behalf of KCAET and reimburse Mano Wai for expenses incurred. Mano Wai engaged in a variety of billableactivities and submitted the bills to KCAET (Cobb and Kihune) for payment. Architects were hired,unsuccessful grants were written, and as the bill came in non-profits not legally committed to the venturedropped out leaving only Ho`ike and GIAC holding the bag.Although members of the Ho`ike and GIAC boards all live on Kauai all interactions between members of these boards was brokered by KCAET (Cobb and Kihune), the first ever face to face meeting betweenHo`ike and GIAC occurred in April of 2006 when they jointly moved to dissolve KCAET and pay a $7,000outstanding bill to Mano Wai.
THE CULPABLE, THE GULLIBLE, AND THE CLUELESSTHE CULPABLE:
When the issue came before the board in 2006, current Hoike managing director JRobertson and Ho`ike president, Jose Bulato, act as if they had amnesia and forget how involved theywere with the entire debacle from beginning to end. Cobb and Robertson were the ceaseless boosters of this scheme to other non-profits and Bulato knew or should have known what was going on. Cobb andKihune acting through KCAET (being build by Mano Wai) spent the money, but it went I do not know andno one is telling.
Other Ho`ike board members Mayebelle Fujiuchi, Teresa Tico, and Gabreille Dormanbegan asking increasingly difficult questions, but continued to vote with other board members to enter executive committee keeping the public in the dark and refused to allow the public inspection of therecord.
Although the entire Ho`ike board agrees the scheme is so complex that everyone isbaffled they refuse to allow the public access to the $72,657.23 pile of paper paid for by cable subscribersand art patron money. The people that pay the bill are the most clueless of all.