Donors give $366K toward Caldwell luau, transition

HONOLULU (AP) - Corporate and individual donors paid nearly $366,000 toward an inaugural luau for Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. The funds have also been used to help pay for a transition team helping Caldwell pick his cabinet.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday that the Mayoral Transition Committee has spent just over $174,000 so far, mostly on the luau.

Among the contributors are Hilton Worldwide, the United Public Workers union and Castle & Cooke Homes Hawaii. Donations range mostly from a few hundred to $10,000 each. One donor, Law Office of Lawrence Kumabe LLC, contributed $11,000.

The committee agreed to release the names of the donors after a city councilwoman and another group questioned their anonymity.

Lex Smith, the committee's president, says donors weren't offered anything for contributing besides aseats at the luau.

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