The Company


George "Chungie" Chung
 The architect of Hawaii's modern day crime syndicate. Chung's organization recruited Japanese, Samoans, Hawaiians, Koreans and to a lesser extent Chinese and mainland caucasians in his drive to gain control of Island crime. Chung ended the run of small time hustlers who had competed for a pieces of Chinatown gambling rackets, cockfighting "which was held on the sugar plantations," and the prostitution around Waikiki's resort hotels. Chung's mixture of ruthless cunning and diplomatic genius paved the way for such criminal luminaries as Nappy Pulawa, Henry Huihui, Alvin Kaohu and Charlie Stevens. Chung's success was short lived as he was singled out and shot to death in a Honolulu gambling den in July 1967.

Wilford K. "Nappy" Pulawa
 The death of George Chung created opportunity where none had existed before resulting in a bloody battle between competing underworld forces. After 15 gangland murders Wilford Pulawa wrestled control of the Company and went onto build upon the base established by Chung. Through acts of extreme violence and brutality Pulawa extended his hold over island bookmakers, gambling operators and prostitutes. Anyone wishing to do business in the islands had to deal with Nappy. Pulawa's success proved to be his undoing as attempts to reinvest the proceeds of his criminal endeavors drew the attention of the federal government.

 Pulawa began investing heavily in real-estate both in the islands and on the mainland. Honolulu detectives learned Pulawa planned to purchase several resort facilities including the Grand hotel in Anaheim, California. During his 1973 trial members of the organized crime strike force detailed his extensive business holdings as well as his rapidly expanding criminal empire. Pulawa was ultimately sentenced to serve 24 years in federal prison much of which was spent at McNeil Island in Washington Paroled in 1984, Paluwa has returned to the islands where he is engaged in labor issues.

Earl E. H. Kim
 Kim a Pulawa lieutenant briefly occupied the top slot in island crime circles. Federal authorities quickly caught up with Kim and nailed him for running an illegal gambling operation which grossed $3.6 million within the span of a year. Kim was shipped off to prison for five years. His lasting legacy was the move to start shipping a high potent strains of Hawaiian grown maurijauna to the states known as Maui Wowie and Kauai Electric. Both retailed in the New York area for approximately $4,000 lb., during the mid to late '70s.

Hosted by