The Hawaii Government’s Waikoloa Highlands Heist

Collage of parties involved in the Hawaii County Waikoloa Highlands heist including Mayors Kenoi and Kim, drug dealers Sulla and Martirosian (both arrested thieves), and victims including Valery Grigoryants representing his brother Vitaly, owner of Armbusinessbank, and key Waikoloa Highlands investors with Morgan Stanley of New York. Lower left is fellow victims and whistleblowers, Dr. Leonard Horowitz and Sherri Kane.



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Hollywood producer, cocaine trafficker, and embezzler Stephan Martirosian poses with actor Pierce Brosnan.

(Hilo, HI 1-13-20) According to County of Hawaii officials, the Waikoloa Highlands heist resulted from the wrongoing of Mr. Stephan Martirosian. An investigation by the L.A. Weekly explained that Martirosian, and his partner Remington Chase, were convicted cocaine dealers, Russian oil mob federal informants, and Martirosian was also an alleged contract murder whistleblower.

As explained previously on, the ‘hit’ was most likely ordered by Mikhail Khodorkovsky—previously one of Russia’s wealthiest oil tycoons imprisoned for the alleged murder of a Siberian town mayor.

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Third Circuit ‘Drug’ Court Judge Ronald Ibarra turned a blind-eye over many years to Sulla’s forgeries to grant him stolen properties. Then Ibarra retired ‘early’ when word got out about the corruption.

Pinning the exclusive blame on Martirosian for losing 80 affordable housing units and a half billion dollar revenue stream, however, doesn’t compute.

It isn’t known if Martirosian, who is currently jailed in Armenia, made any money on the Waikoloa Highlands heist. But Paul J. Sulla, Jr. most certainly did.

Of more than 700 rezoned acres designated for the “Waikoloa Highlands Project” (“WHP”) there was only 11.7 acres of most valuable highway front, village neighboring, “commercial” land that County of Hawaii officials virtually handed-over to Sulla–a hallucinogenic drug kinpin, indicted forger, and veteran land thief. This official action resulted in the loss of 48 affordable housing units and much more.



According to Hawaii County tax records and Land Use Commission transcripts, Hilo lawyer Sulla Jr. was both the member and the attorney of record for the 11.7 acre property transfer from Waikoloa Highlands to his own LLC–Plumeria Waikoloa. Corporate counsel, the Mayor’s Office and the County Office of Housing and Community Development, all signed off on the transfer.

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Paul J. Sulla, Jr. arrest ‘mug shot.’

Then Sulla converted the non-profit affordable housing land, donated by the financiers of the community development project, into a $1.5 million windfall. The beneficiaries were allegedly the C0unty’s commercial “consortium,” Sulla explained to Environment Hawaiiinvestigator Patricia Tummons. Sulla refused to answer who else was associated with the transaction.

Pinning exclusive blame on Martirosian, therefore, doesn’t compute with the facts. Did Martirosian receive a recorded ‘payout’ for his compliance and complicity with Sulla under the County’s instruction? Unlikely. But Sulla surely got wealthy, paying $0 for the property, and quickly ‘flipping it’ for $1.5M.

But notice that local, state or federal investigators who would try to claim that Martirosian sabotaged the WHP, would need to turn deaf, dumb and blind to the series of transactions that put the main investors, the Ukrainian-Armenian Grigoryants, through zoning impositions and express instructions to donate the land for affordable housing before “the consortium” consummated the developers’ defrauding and land heist.

Ch 11 of the Hawaii Housing Code required Sulla’s LLC ( the transferee) to be a non-profit entity. The original deed, executed by the Armenian-Ukrainian developer, clearly evidences a lawful transfer to a non-profit. This record is undisputed.  Subsequent to its receipt by the County, the deed was suddenly and inexplicably altered, and the land was transferred to a for-profit entity with Sulla as the exclusive named member.

The registered name on the forged (void) deed is “PLUMERIA AT WAIKOLOA, LLC, a Hawai’I limited liability company.” The transfer from WAIKOLOA HIGHLANDS, INC. a Colorado Corporation, representing the Armenian-Ukrainian business interests of the developer, Valery and Vitale Grigoryants, of Arch Limited and Vitoil Co. This deed was executed on June 1, 2017, but not recorded with the State of Hawaii’s Bureau of Conveyances until January 29, 2018. Therefore, between those dates, page 2 of the deed was illegally switched–altered to permit the for-profit sale of the land by Sulla and Plumeria in favor of, quoting Sulla, the “consortium.”

According to a legal notice issued by Mayor Harry Kim on June 22, 2017, directing the U.S. Army’s Director of Munitions and Chemical Matters (ODASA [ESOH]) to clear the subject property of “unexploded ordinances” (i.e., bombs) and shell casings–cc’d to Senators Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz, and Representatives Colleen Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard, “Plumeria at Waikoloa (JSM Enterprises)” was designated as the subject property owner, no longer the Gregoriants’ Grantor. (CLICK HERE to read Mayor Kim’s military instructions.)

It is noteworthy that the “JSM Enterprises” designation referenced by Mayor Kim to represent “Plumeria at Waikoloa” presumably references an enterprise with Sulla’s son, “Jason Sulla-Menashe.” On Jan. 11, 2020 Jason (pictured with his father above) was indicted by a Hilo grand jury on charges of child pornography and soliciting sex with minors. Sulla appeared in court to represent his “family therapist” son. It must, therefore, be presumed that Sulla, who was indicted for deed forgery and property theft on December 4, 2019, represents Plumeria at Waikoloa with his indicted son, Jason Sulla-Menashe, as members of the “consortium” that administered these transactions under the County’s instruction and jurisdiction.

How can a reasonable person explain these facts; that all of this occurred with no law enforcers objecting?



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Mayor Billy Kenoi at trial.

These criminal transactions occurred under the authority of the present Democratic Mayor, Harry Kim, and the Past Democratic Mayor, Billy Kenoi, who had been indicted in 2016 for embezzling more than $125,000 from Big Island taxpayers.

Kenoi was later exonerated under suspicious conditions after Judge Dexter Del Rosario dismissed three counts related to tampering with government documents after the state Attorney General’s office finished arguing its case.

That’s odd. Why would a judge strike the state’s claims and evidence after prosecutors rested their case?

We’re talking about the same obstruction of justice and criminal complicity here–concealing forgery of a government-administered deed.

Kenoi, history reveals, was mentored by Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye, who chaired the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence during the 1977 investigation of “Project MKULTRA, The CIA’s Program Of Research In Behavioral Modification” that featured LSD and biochemical weapons for mass depopulation.

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Hollywood producer and cocaine trafficker, Stephan Martirosian (right) and his federal informant partner Remington Chase (left), with actor actor Gerard Butler.

It must also be known that Hawaii AG Douglas Chin and Hilo Prosecutor, Mitch Roth, both aided-and-abetted Martirosian’s accomplice, Paul J. Sulla, Jr. by willful blindness, not only of the Waikoloa Highlands Heist, but a similar forgery scheme to steal these authors’ million dollar property.

Let us not forget Sulla’s Class I narcotic hallucinogen enterprise operating with more willful blindness by state and federal officials.  They permitted a massive amount of drugs to be shipped to the mainland U.S. through Honolulu and Hilo harbors.

Further documenting the unconscionable extent of this government’s organized crime syndicate is the indictment of Hilo Police officers Brian Miller and Chadwick Fuku in 2018 for disappearing an undisclosed amount of cocaine from a secured government facility. That case also brought charges against complicit civilians Lance Yamada, Stacey Yamada, David Colon and Ivar Kaluhikau.

Mitch Roth announced his bid for mayor, on a ‘tough on crime’ platform?

The original cocaine bust was accompanied by media censorship. Subsequently, County Prosecutor Mitch Roth forwarded the case to the attorney general’s office in Honolulu, which shuffled-it-off to the Honolulu Prosecutor’s Office “because of a conflict of interest,” the Tribune Herald reported.

After months of reviewing the case, Honolulu determined there was no probable cause to support a charge of “Securing the Proceeds of an Offense,” or any other crime.

Prosecutors said they began reviewing the case a second time after receiving [many complaints, condemnations, and “more information.” “The conflict of interest that existed in March 2018 that kept Hawaii County prosecutors from pursuing the case has been resolved.” reported the Tribune Herald on .

“Miller intentionally obtained control of cocaine, . . . by deception,” the West Hawaii Today reported. “He also reportedly possessed one or more preparations, compounds, mixtures or substances of . . . heroin, morphine or cocaine.”

Paul J. Sulla, Jr., indicted deed forger, property thief, and leading trafficker of the Class I narcotic hallucinogen, ayahuasca (DMT) to the mainland U.S.

“Fukui retired as a captain with 34 years of service on June 30, 2006. He applied for police chief in 2008,” but was turned down. He then went to work for the Hawaii County prosecutor’s office as an investigator from 2007 to 2014, West Hawaii Today continued.

That time period overlapped many years of neglected complaints against Sulla for DMT/ayahuasca trafficking, forgery and property theft.

The prosecutor’s office under Mitch Roth purportedly “looked at previous cases where Miller and Fukui were primary investigators,” but nothing reportedly came of it.

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Hawaii AG Douglas Chin and Hilo Prosecutor, Mitch Roth, both aided-and-abetted Sulla’s drug enterprise and property conversion schemes by willful blindness or reckless negligence. They permitted a massive amount of drugs to be shipped to the mainland U.S. through Honolulu and Hilo harbors, and a large number of people to be damaged by organized crime.

Similarly, in Honolulu at that time, Nick Grube later reported for the Civil Beaton 

cocaine, marijuana and several prescription medications, including hydrocodone, alprazolam and 114 transdermal patches of the high-powered opioid fentanyl.

Four years later they were still free on a plea bargain that allegedly was part of “a growing federal investigation into public corruption and abuse of power in Hawaii law enforcement.”

Civil Beatdetailed related convictions of Honolulu’s former police chief Louis Kealoha, and his wife, Deputy Prosecutor Katherine Kealoha in cases completely censored by the mainland’s corporate-controlled press.

Five more officers in Honolulu, including HPD Lt. Derek Hahn, officer Bobby Nguyen, and former Maj. Gordon Shiraishi, were all charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice. Suspicions extended to Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro. Nonetheless, Kaneshiro was granted paid leave by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, who’s lawyer, Donna Leong, “helped craft a $250,000 payout for Louis Kealoha.”


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Katherine Kealoha’s brother, fellow drug trafficker, Rudy Puana, a Hilo doctor, leaves the federal courthouse.

In July 2015, HPD detective, Daniel Sellers, a member of the Honolulu Police Department’s elite Criminal Intelligence Unit, told Katherine Kealoha that her younger brother, Rudolph Puana, was buying cocaine from Masunaga.  Sellers and Kealoha tipped brother Puana off that he was under federal investigation for drug trafficking, so he fled the country.

That presumably brought federal investigators back to Hilo where brother “Rudy”–Dr. Rudolph Puana–served as an anesthesiologist, anesthetizing himself and his clients with legal and illegal drugs, including oxycodone, fentanyl, Xanax, and cocaine incoming from the Mexican Salinas cartel. The 56-count federal indictment alleges that Dr. Puana and Katherine Kealoha played leading roles in “a small,” multi-island drug ring.



In this context of a de-facto mob state, this endemic public corruption in Hawaii, as the aforementioned federal investigations were targeting “a small multi-island drug ring,” the large multi-national criminals and security risks went unattended, even concealed.

Mayor Harry Kim and County law enforcers, including Hilo Prosecutor Mitch Roth, evaded the criminality linking even the Trump impeachment to the Ukrainian-Armenian Gregoriants’ being defrauded and damaged in favor of Burisma and the Bidens through the Waikoloa investment hijacking.

“If there is all this noncompliance going on, why hasn’t the County taken enforcement actions . . .?” asked Land Commissioner Gary Okuda of Ron Kim, Planning Program Co-manager, and Deputy Corporation Counsel for the County.

Okuda was referring to the ‘elephant under the carpet’ that law enforcers neglected.

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Deputy Prosecutor, Rick Damerville, in retirement mode, finally brought Sulla before a grand jury on December 4, 2019. The indictment for only two counts–forgery and theft–neglected dozens of felonies yet to be charged.

How was it possible that Sulla, aided-and-abetted by County officials, continued to forge deeds and steal properties, yet no one brought him to justice before retiring deputy prosecutor Rick Damerville moved the grand jury to favor society?

Steven Lim, lawyer for the defrauded Grigoryants, asked similarly, “Who would have been the person from the County that would be responsible for that [gross societally-damaging neglect]?”

Jeff Darrow, Planning Program Manager, Deputy Corporate Counsel replied, “This would have been the members of the Office of Housing and Community Development, as well as our Corporation Counsel, and I believe that Mayor as well, and the parties, the Applicant themselves.”

Darrow was referring to Alan Rudo of the housing department, Neil S. Gyotoku and Susan Akiyama, Housing Administrators; and Amy Self, Deputy Corporation Counsel at the time. Mayor Kenoi left office under a cloud of suspicion a few days after Sulla got the assignment to administer (and forged) the Gregoriant’s deed.


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Mayor Harry Kim

Lim noted that, “the County Office of Housing and Community Development, . . . prepared all the documents for the transfer.” He later noted that Rudo also resigned under suspicion.

The illegal alteration of the Grigoryants’ Deed by Sulla, transferring the 11.7 acres of land from a nonprofit to a for-profit entity, gave County officials a ‘legal’ excuse to void the Gregoriants’ whole deal. The ‘Deep State’ and Satan couldn’t have done better. 80 units of affordable housing were terminated. The forged deed nixed all of it.

Administrator Gyotoku, when questioned under oath, testified that even though the altered deed had been under County control at the time the forgery occurred, he had no idea how the forgery happened.

But when the Grigoryants’ attorney Lim subpoenaed the records to get that exact answer, the Land Use Commission refused to provide the records. They argued their obstruction was “irrelevant.”


The evidentiary record speaks volumes. Paul Sulla created the original deed, and fraudulently altered it while it was in the County’s possession. In the end, Sulla pocketed $1.5 million dollars at the expense of 80 low income families and President Trump’s wealthiest supporters in the Ukraine.

To read an “Executive Summary” reviewing the aforementioned facts in the Waikaloa Highlands Project land heist, and defrauding of the Grigoryants, CLICK: Waikoloa Highlands Heist Exec. Summary.

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  • Frank-

    I hope the special production you are working on with Nicki Clyne is worth it…
    Just saying.

    I am damn for sure looking forward to watching it.

    I am still a fan, Frank!

    I am still mailing you a copy of your book when it comes out so I can get it autographed.

  • One other thought occurred to me – what if Sulla is, like Frank, just the victim of someone with an irrational vendetta, whose fanatical persistence and resources (Horowitz is apparently his own prodigious attorney, possibly producing more filings than some law offices) managed to twist the legal system to produce an unjust indictment?

    Horowitz seems like a rather Raniere-like character, including that he has a history of protracted, bitter legal disputes with former business and romantic partners, has inflated his credentials, and wants us to believe he is one of the world’s smartest men and top problem solvers – he presumes to have determined that even our music is mis-tuned, claims that he has figured out “The Real da Vinci CODE”, and so on:

    “Dr. Horowitz is an internationally-recognized genius in the arts and sciences of natural healing [with] Harvard training*
    ….He explains better than anyone water science, electro-genetics and DNA repair, nutritional biochemistry, and the “musical-mathematical matrix” of cosmic construction and intelligent design beautifully reflected throughout nature, crucial for “miraculous healing” and civilization’s salvation and evolution of consciousness.” (I’m not going to link to his site, which is full of plugs for various products and materials he is hawking)

    * Horowitz is a Tufts-trained dentist who got a non-science degree in health policy from Harvard

    p.s. It sounds as if Sulla may indeed be a shady operator, whereas Frank seems to be someone with real integrity. But I’m still not sure that Sulla has actually committed the crime he is accused of, any more than Frank has.

  • I get that Sulla is involved in some dubious dealings. (those tracking ethnicity as if it matters, might want to note that he’s yet another Italian)

    But I keep coming back to wondering why it is that Horowitz (“Overseer of The Royal Bloodline of David”) is so entangled with him and his associate Hester (“Overseer of the Popular Assembly of Revitalize, a Gospel of Believers”). Both sides appear to be using religious corporations or non-profits claiming to represent grandiosely named groups, to try to hold these properties while profiting from them personally*, which is probably not just a coincidence.

    Is this actually a falling out between former partners of some type? That’s the sort of fundamental underlying fact that I don’t think we’ll ever get a straight answer to, as Horowitz’ style seems to be to treat questions as attacks, and furiously spin narratives with conspiratorial overtones that don’t really tell us much about whatever may actually be going on.

    Trying to do a quick fact check on the property dispute, I ran across the name Jacqueline Lindenbach (who is “Overseer” of her own The Manifestation of Divine Will LLC), Horowitz’ ex-wife and original partner in the property. Apparently before Sulla et al, she and her attorneys were the target of Horowitz’ ire and conspiratorial accusations, including what appears to be mutual recriminations about the opposing parties being agents of nefarious operations from MI6 to Cointelpro, such as in this long screed:


    It’s all too much of a rabbit hole to make much sense of, except that there seems to be a pattern of Horowitz blaming things that go wrong in his life on vast conspiracies, and getting in protracted legal battles that he also tries to fight in bitter online campaigns.

    * It appears that Horowitz intended to live on or use the Steam Vent Inn / Kingdom Of Heaven / Pele’s Breath property at 13-3775 Pahoa Kalapana Rd, Pahoa while claiming some sort of religious or other exemption, as one of his web pages for the site says “Your Visitation and Donation to Our Mission is a Tax Deduction!”

  • Dear Leonard G Horowitz,

    I do read your columns and usually hold back my critique; obviously, this will not be one of those times. Mr. Horowitz, this piece you have written is almost impossible to follow or understand. You have more characters in the story than a George R. R. Martin book and more subplots than a soap-opera; all intertwined and woven into 700 words.

    I guess the gist of your tale is you were screwed over by unscrupulous bureaucrats, corrupt politicians, Russian mobsters, a scum attorney, and Hollywood movie producers turned cocaine dealers. My suggestion to you is to stop consuming ayahuasca.

    • Very incisive comment.

      A search shows that Horowitz has an interest in marijuana dating back to his time in dental school, and now peddles CBD as one of many products on his various websites. It may not be just a coincidence that Horowitz bought and privately mortgaged the Hawaii property, which he concedes had been used for growing marijuana, from a since-deceased man he now accuses of being a drug dealer. Perhaps this is some sort of marijuana vs. ayahuasca dispute among devotees, with Horowitz in the cannabis camp.

      “Spirit Remedies presents CBD528 Homeo-Alchemy Energized by the Amazing 528Hz Frequency of LOVE
      Developed by Dr. Leonard Horowitz and psycho-social analyst, Sherri Kane”

      p.s. It is said that the Hindu god Shiva smoked marijuana, which might then tie this in with another topic here, Nithyananda, who claims to be an incarnation of that diety – and has pronounced in yet another revelation that “Marijuana never becomes an addiction because it is a herb”:

      Marijuana speech: CCB sleuths issue notice to Paramahamsa Nithyananda
      “It is said that CCB officials received a complaint from the public that Nithyananda is promoting the use of marijuana by saying that it helps in meditation. People demanded that CCB take action.”

  • “How can a reasonable person explain these facts; that all of this occurred with no law enforcers objecting?” You’ve made it quite easy to explain. The story you tell is so complex that nobody can follow it. There are dozens of characters who may or may not be in on the illegal activities. It took decades to take down NXIVM. Amway has been an obvious scam for over six decades with no law enforcers taking the correct actions. There are literally hundreds of similar MLM scams operating in the U.S., and have been, for decades. Your expectations of law enforcers is quite inflated.

    “…Judge Dexter Del Rosario dismissed three counts related to tampering with government documents after the state Attorney General’s office finished arguing its case.

    That’s odd. Why would a judge strike the state’s claims and evidence after prosecutors rested their case?” Because the case was so weak? Here’s a better question – why didn’t the AG appeal that decision?

    Executive summaries belong at the beginning of a document, not at the end, and should be one page long, two pages maximum. Not five.

    • Scott,

      I find it marvelous how you work Amway into every conversation. It’s so incredible! Do you remember when you proved PizzaGate was an MLM? I knew Chucky Cheese was the Hilary Clinton’s handy work.

      Scott you remind me of Job. God bless you Scott!

    • I’ve run across a couple of the actual court rulings while doing some fact-check searches, and they make relatively more sense when reading the source documents (which are never referenced) rather than relying on Horowitz’ narrative. Some of it may indeed be questionable, but it also doesn’t seem to be quite as blatantly nefarious as Horowitz tries to spin it.

      • AnonyMaker,

        This is all a case of In pari delicto…..

        I believe Horowitz and Sulla are two grifters, who happened to cross paths, and tried to screw one another. Unfortunately, for Mr. Horowitz, Mr. Sulla is the more adept grifter.

        In pari delicto (potior/melior est conditio possidentis), Latin for “in equal fault (better is the condition of the possessor)”, is a legal term used to indicate that two persons or entities are equally at fault, whether the malfeasance in question is a crime or tor

    • Scott, it’s also worth noting that in the case of NXIVM, Forbes reported on them early on, Rick Ross’ Cult Education Institute began following them, John Tighe took them on his blog, and then the Times Union picked up the story. In the case of Horowitz’ sensational accusations, no one else in Hawaii has picked up on them (though Environment Hawaii has reported some of the mundane of the land dealings in this piece) so there’s no sign that other locals see anything really outrageous going on, and we have no source other than Horowitz and Kane.

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