County’s top attorney reports gambling winnings in latest financial disclosure

Other elected and appointed officials file financial reports

Patrick Wong

WAILUKU — Maui County’s top civil attorney, Patrick Wong, got lucky again in Vegas last year, winning at least $26,000, although that’s not his highest winnings to date.

According to Wong’s annual financial disclosure statement filed with the County’s Board of Ethics in April, he won between $25,000 and $49,999 from Desert Palace LLC doing business as Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino. And he won between $1,000 and $9,999 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

(Disclosures call for revealing a range for earnings, not exact figures.)

Over the years, Wong has reported gambling winnings amounting to between $1,000 and $9,999. But, in 2014, he won between $50,000 and $99,000 from Harrah’s and MGM in Las Vegas. In his 2017 disclosure, Wong reported winning between $10,000 and $24,999 at Harrah’s and winning in the same range at MGM.

Wong’s disclosure is among others scheduled for review by the ethics board at its monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. today in the Planning Department conference room in the Kalana Pakui Building in Wailuku. Other disclosures set for review include those of Council Member Alika Atay, members of Mayor Alan Arakawa’s cabinet and candidates for elected offices.

Filing deadlines vary.

Also at today’s meeting, the board will continue to discuss gifts given to Maui County elected and appointed officials from KemperLesnik, which manages the Maui Jim Invitational Basketball Tournament. The board received a letter on April 25 from the tournament director regarding the gifts.

In this most recent group of filers, who are already in elected or appointed office, two indicated receiving gifts from the tournament.

Atay received an estimated $3,050 worth of items from the Maui Jim Invitational, including two sets of game tickets (12 games) along with stadium club privileges for three days. He also received a gift bag, which included a tournament bag, program and hat.

County Deputy Managing Director Jock Yamaguchi reported receiving an estimated $100 to $150 worth of items from the tournament — an aloha shirt, sneakers and a T-shirt.

Other officials who have already filed their disclosures also have noted various gifts from the tournament.

Wong, who reported earning $142,306 annually as Maui County’s corporation counsel, also last year received a distribution of between $50,000 and $99,999 from John F. Hancock.

He jointly owes $500,000 or more to Wells Fargo Bank and jointly owes between $200,000 to $499,999 to Wailuku Federal Credit Union.

Individually, he owes from $25,000 and $49,999 to Bank of America. Also individually he owes from $10,000 to $24,999 to both Bank of Hawaii and First Hawaiian Bank.

Through the Patrick and Cynthia Wong Revocable Trust, he jointly owns a property in Kula. His share is worth $500,000 or more.

Atay reported his salary of $76,475. His wife, a school counselor, earns between $50,000 and $99,999 a year.

Jointly, he owes between $200,000 and $499,999 in one loan from Bank of Hawaii, and another loan between $1,000 and $9,999 to the same bank.

Also jointly, he owes between $1,000 and $9,999 each to the state of Hawaii, USAA and Citi. He jointly owes between $10,000 and $24,999 to Discover.

As part of a family hui, Atay has shares in two properties. Each share is worth between $100,000 and $199,999.

He is also the director of the nonprofit Common Ground Collective.

Atay also reported receiving a gift box of apples worth $50 from Goodfellow Bros. He also received from Alexander & Baldwin $50 worth of value-added products of made-in-Hawaii edible goodies and treats.

In other filings, Department of Personnel Services Director David Underwood reported his salary of $127,512. His spouse, an information systems analyst with Maui County, earns between $50,000 and $99,999.

Jointly, he receives interest and dividends ranging from $1,000 to $9,999.

Jointly, he owes $500,000 or more to Fifth Third Bank; between $25,000 and $49,999 to Hawaii State Federal Credit Union; $50,000 to $99,999 to NelNet; and between $10,000 and $24,999 to both Bank of Hawaii and Bank of America.

Department of Finance Director Mark Walker reported his salary of $131,118.

He earned interest and dividends ranging from $1,000 to $9,999.

Walker has a half ownership in two inactive businesses, a real estate consulting company, Development Services Group — Hawaii, Inc. and another company, Hale Huli LLC. His ownerships are each worth between $10,000 and $24,999.

Walker and his spouse owe $500,000 or more to Wells Fargo. The couple owes between $1,000 and $9,999 to Bank of America.

Individually, Walker owes between $1,000 and $9,999 to Maui County FCU.

Walker serves as the treasurer of the Makawao Cemetery Association. He has appeared before the Maui County Council as a member of the association regarding an agreement between the county and state.

* Melissa Tanji can be reached at mtanji@mauinews.com.

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