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An interview by Barbara Del Piano
November 17, 2017
BDP: This is Friday November 17, 2017. I’m Barbara Del Piano (BDP), a member of the Outrigger Canoe Club Historical Committee. One of our projects is to conduct oral history interviews with long time members and have them share a bit of our Club’s history. Today it is my special pleasure to interview Stephany Sofos (SLS). Good morning Stephany.
SLS: Good morning Barbara.
BDP: I know you’ve been interviewed for an oral history before, but that was mostly about your involvement in water sports. Today I’d like to talk about your serving on the Club’s Board of Directors. First, let’s get a little background. Stephany, when did the first members of your family come to Hawaii?
SLS: Well no one is a member. Nobody came before me. My parents came here during the war, my father in 1944 and my mother in 1946. They met in 1943. Mom was here in 1943. Dad was here in 1944. They met in 1946 on Valentine’s Day. They got married March 1, two weeks after they met. They were married for fifty-three years.
We moved down here by Tonggs beach in 1968. I fell in love with surfing. I knew that the Outrigger Canoe Club was a home of Hawaiian sports. I wanted to paddle. I wanted to surf. I wanted to swim. I wanted to be everything that the ocean had to offer. In 1969, I became a member.
BDP: I see. Getting back to your parents, what business were they in?
SLS: When the war ended, my father tried liquor sales and car sales, and a restaurant. They moved to San Francisco for a little bit and had a restaurant. All Greeks have restaurants. It’s part of the deal. It’s in your blood. You must be a part of the restaurant. The mafia came in and threatened to kill them if they didn’t pay money to them. They closed the business which was on Geary Street, moved back to Hawaii and got into the contracting business. My father got a real estate license and he became a general contractor and he built homes in Kahala, Two hundred and sixty of the original Kahala homes were my dad who built them. My mom was the accountant. Then they did Wiliwilinui Ridge.
SLS: There was an industrial accident. They ended that business. Then my dad did real estate and some development with other people.
BDP: I see. Was that kind of how you got into real estate?
SLS: Not really. I kind of wanted to be a lawyer. I saw Perry Mason movies and I thought I kind of have a magnetic personality. Maybe I’ll be an attorney, but I was surfing all the time and not paying attention to my studies. When I was in college, it was just the ending of the Vietnam war. It began in my college career in 1973, 1974. That’s when the war was ending in 1975, 1976. There was no openings for people like me. They were all going to the people coming back from Vietnam. It was really hard and it was really expensive. I decided I didn’t really know what to do. I graduated in economics and history and I didn’t really know what to do. I tried to get into the banks, but in those days, you had to know someone to become a bank manager, an assistant manager. My brother was in real estate. He said come and work with me, my brother Stephen. He said, “Try it. Mom and dad were in it. I’m in it. Maybe you’ll like it.” That’s how I started.
BDP: You had just one sibling?
SLS: I have three older brothers.
BDP: Oh three older brothers.
SLS: One’s in insurance. One’s on the mainland finding himself, and the other is in real estate. Stephen has the largest locally owned real estate company in the state of Hawaii.
SLS: All these other bigger companies like Collier’s or Sothebey’s or Coldwell Banker have lots of local people, but they’re all national affiliates.
BDP: I see. Getting back to the Outrigger-
SLS: My second home.
BDP: Your second home. Would you tell us what the first committee was you joined?
SLS: Ironically, the very first committee I joined was the Canoe Racing Committee in 1975. I was the secretary for the committee. I was going up the ranks very quickly. I was part of the planning process for the big Molokai challenge. We won that year. That was one of the biggest years in seven foot swells.
BDP: How old were you at the time?
SLS: I was nineteen.
BDP: Nineteen, very young. What other committees did you serve on?
SLS: I think I did the Entertainment Committee and Public Relations Committee.
BDP: Did anything especially interesting happen when you were on those committees?
SLS: Back then, these are the early/mid 1970s, late 1970s. Things were different back then. It was a lot more fun. We did a lot more fun things. We had a hoe down one time where everybody had to dress up as cowboys and we brought in … I think we brought in large bales of hay. I think we brought in a pony for the kids.
When we did the luau, the people on the Entertainment Committee would come in the morning and go to Nuʻuanu and cut all the plants over at the Guard estate down into the mountains and down to the lauae and get bitten all over the place by mosquito and cut ourselves all the ferns and everything. We did everything of the entertainment. No professional, we did it all. It was a real bonding type of experience.
We also did when we were on the Entertainment and PR, we did the stuff, we had the Outrigger in those days had a Honolulu Marathon (Aid) station over on Kahala Avenue. We would all get about forty people, volunteers, we were serving all the marathoners. Then we’d come back and have a big party for all of us and drink a lot of beer, eat a lot of pupu. We’d all have been up since 3:00 on getting this station ready.
John Cline Mann was the organizer of that. He got everybody to do that. We did that for about ten years. It was a really fun time. Then when John Cline Mann died, it went away. We haven’t done a station in probably thirty years now.
BDP: When did you first run for the Board of Directors?
BDP: 2004. While you were … Were you two terms on the board?
SLS: Three terms. I know, I got gray after that.
BDP: What positions on the Board did you hold?
SLS: That’s interesting that you ask that question. I served on the Historic Committee for three years. Was it four? I did that for two reasons because I knew that we were writing the book, the hundred year book. A part of me wanted to take it and finish it. I didn’t want to do it for one year and not finish it. Two, I wanted to gain more knowledge of the history of the Club and where and kind of get an idea of where we’re going. The greatest part of history is you learn from it hoping that you don’t repeat it.
I made a decision. Being on the board, they consider being on the Historical Committee, the Entertainment Committee, or the PR committee the dregs. That is those are the nonsense committees. Nothing gets done. That’s not going to get you to move up the ladder to become an officer or the president. It’s all about when you join a board, like any boards, the Outrigger is no different. Everybody wants … They say they don’t, but they all have agendas. Everybody has an agenda. They have personal and maybe sometimes group agendas. You can only conceive your agenda if you become high up, especially the president. The president yields a lot of power.
By doing that, I probably sacrificed my chances of becoming a top officer, but I chose that because I really wanted to make sure that the book was done and that our legacy was set so that it would be perpetuated for the future.
After that, I then went on. I think I was on the PR committee. Then I was on the Long Range Planning Committee. Then I went up. For three years I was an officer, a secretary. I did get up to the secretary level. As an officer, I was on the Executive Committee and the Finance Committee. Those were pretty fun, interesting things.
I learned that the Outrigger is very, very well managed. That was one of the things I was very impressed with. We have a lot of good people, staff people. Our general managers have been pretty good for the most part.
BDP: Who was the general manager at that time?
SLS: I can’t remember. It was the … I can’t remember his name. He came from the hotel side. Then we had Mike Ako. Then we had Gary Oliveira. Gary was really good. He was really very good. This present manager seems to be pretty good. He’s got a good, hard understanding of numbers. I’m not on any boards or on any committees, but just from what I observe. Our food and beverage man is really, really good. He’s got the numbers down to a real science. I’m impressed.
BDP: When you were on the Board, Stephany, were there any problems presented to the Club?
SLS: Well, that was in 2004, we were in the midst of our lease negotiation with the Elks Club. There was a lot of discussion and posturing by various people. I’m an appraiser. I wanted to be on that committee, the Lease Negotiation Committee. Several of the committee members did not want me.
BDP: I wonder why that is.
SLS: Because I’m charming, but there are times I have a tendency to be very direct. As you know, there are times that people do not like being told directly that I think they’re a horses ass. Are we going to print that? It’s just that everybody has their different ways of making their feelings known. I have a tendency to be very direct. People are sometimes appreciative of that. Sometimes they’re offended by it.
BDP: I see. What was your feeling about the lease renegotiation?
SLS: It was funny. When I came on the Board, they just … everybody had this notion that the committee members and a lot of the Board members that we were going to get a really good deal and that the Elk’s Club should be happy for us that we have been good caretakers of their property. I said to them … They said that it was the lease stipulated that it had to be for club use. Even though this land is apartment zoned and it’s commercially zoned, the lease stated that it had to be the next fifty years for club use.
I said to them, “That’s great, but are you aware that time share is considered club use?” They all looked around and nobody believed me. They went and had a meeting with another couple of appraisers who were older and men and believed that these people would tell them the truth. I remember that Wendell Brooks Jr. came to me after the meeting. I was walking in from the Outrigger. It was eight at night. He was walking out from the meeting. He had not believed me either. I said, “Well, how was the meeting?” He looked me in the eye and he said, “You were absolutely correct.” I said, “Well, it’s nice to be vindicated.” Once that got them, once it got their attention that they understood that this could go into great larger numbers than they were doing, the strategy was set that they had to figure out what to do.
When the Elk’s Club came to them, when they went to the arbitrators, the Elk’s Club did raise that point, time share. Lucky for us, we had one person who was still alive during those lease negotiations back in the early 1960s. I can’t remember his name. Our attorney flew up there and took an oral deposition and got him to sign an affidavit as to what was the intent of the lease. That was the key that saved the Outrigger because he explained in no uncertain terms that that was to be … This place was to be for Hawaiian sports so that Hawaiians, so that we could always have a home where Hawaiian sports would be held. That saved us because at the time, the value of the market value of the lease, market value would have been probably $120,000 a month. We were able to get it to $62,000 a month. That saved us. Prior to that, for the first fifty years, we were paying $2500 a month. We went from $2,500 to $62,500 I believe or $63,000. We would have gone to about $120, $110-$120,000.
BDP: That’s remarkable.
SLS: We are safe for now.
BDP: For now. What do you think is going to be happening in the future?
SLS: Do you want to get to that point now that quickly? Do want my future? People call me Debbie Downer. It’s one of my comments.
BDP: What did you think was a good solution?
SLS: I was hoping to have an alternative site. I believed very strongly. The people that are in power at the Outrigger and the people who are going to come into power in the next ten to twenty years believe that the Elk’s Club will eventually sell to us. I don’t believe that will ever happen. If I were your landlord, why would I sell to you when I know that now in thirty-five years, I’m going to have a free and clear 1.7 acres of ocean front property on Diamond Head that is zoned commercial and apartment. Why would I want to sell my legacy? I don’t need the money. I got money from my members and I have a great rent right now.
The rent as time goes down goes down in value, but look at what appreciation I have. Why would I sell, because I like the Outrigger Canoe Club? I like them for what they’re trying to do? It’s not going to happen. If it does happen, things can change. You never know circumstances, but the problem what they don’t understand the Outrigger Canoe Club people don’t understand is that the Elk’s Club is a benevolent organization. In real America, in the mainland United States, the Elk’s Clubs are still thriving. There are golf clubs. Elk’s Clubs have golf clubs. They have swimming pools everywhere. They have gymnasiums. They have RV centers adjacent to their properties. This is one of their golden … This club that they have here is one of their jewels.
For this Elk’s Club to sell it, they have to have permission from the national office. Whatever money that they sell, say it sells for $30, $40, or even $50 million, the Elk’s Club over here would have to share it with their national affiliates. Why would people want to do that when you know that your rent, whatever rent you get at this site on this 1.7 acres goes one hundred percent to you in Hawaii.
This is what people don’t understand. My father was an Elk for over fifty years. I know probably out of the 1,300 members there are, I probably know six or seven hundred of them and they all tell me the same thing. What I looked at when I was on the Historical Committee, what I found out what was very interesting is that all of these canoe clubs Hui Nalu, Healani, Kailua, all had houses. They all had a canoe house, a place where everybody met, a clubhouse where everybody partied, but they were all leaseholds. Every one of them were on leases. As time went on, they lost their leases. They don’t have places now.
They were lucky through politics and maneuvering to get a place where their canoes are stored. Like in Hui Nalu they have a canoe house where their canoes are stored so they can go out into the bay, but they don’t have a place to have a party, to go to the bathroom, to have organizational meetings. They just have a place that they rent from the City and County for the canoes.
BDP: Where is that?
SLS: That’s across from the Hawaii Kai Shopping Center.
BDP: I see.
SLS: Maunalua Bay. When I read that, I said … A bell went off. I said, “What’s up? What can we do? We need to establish our future. We’re here for one hundred years. Will we be around in another hundred years?” I also looked at the history and found out that the Outrigger had a choice at one time. We had a choice to by fee simple three and a half acres on Kailua beach which is now I think Kailua beach. We could have purchased that, or we could have taken the lease here. When we took the lease here, the decision was made, well it’s not Waikiki beach, but it is near Waikiki, so let’s have a place. Let’s take this ninety-nine year lease. Let’s make this deal.
When they did that, twenty-five percent of the Club members quit because they didn’t want to be out of Waikiki. They said, “This is ridiculous. Outrigger Canoe Club deserves to be on the beach. If you can’t be on a beach” … There were three choices for the Outrigger. One, to take a twenty-five year lease where Outrigger Waikiki is with an extension of ten years. Two, go down to Diamond Head and take a ninety-nine year lease, or three, buy a 3.5 acre parcel on Kailua Beach. They chose the ninety-nine year lease here.
At that time, this place was the boondocks. Nobody wanted to come this far away from Waikiki. You can’t do it. Nobody’s going to come. Everybody lives in the Makiki, Punahou, Manoa area. We’re not going to drive that far. I said to myself, “Times change.” I also found out that eighty percent of our membership is in East Oahu. I said, “We’ve got to find another location. Let’s find an alternative site. Let’s find an alternative site and have it used commercially. Let’s rent it out. Let’s get an income on it and keep it for at least thirty-five years and then look at ourselves and say where are we.”
I was driving down the road one day going to Costco, and I saw this property for sale, this property in Kalanianaole Highway. The criteria for the property that I was looking for, it had to be on a main route. It had to be large. It had to be a large ocean front property.
BDP: And fee simple.
SLS: And fee simple. It could not be lease. I found this property and I came to the Board and said, “I found this property.” You have to realize this was back in 2004, 2005. The height of the great recession was upon us. In 2003, that Board, 2002-2003, that Board wanted to build a world class gym above the Hau Terrace for $7 million. We spent $700,000 in architectural fees to learn about this, to build this accessory. I think it was $500-$700,000. It was very expensive. We had a big meeting, a general meeting and people were against it. I spoke and I said, “I am an appraiser. You cannot build more things prior to going into a lease agreement. That will be the kiss of death for you. Why are you spending $7 million on something that is going to be used for just a segment of the Club population when we should be taking our money and putting it in somewhere, land banking it or using it as an income property.”
That gym was defeated. We lost that money to the architect. We had $18 million in our pot. The stock market took a dive. It went down to about $16 million. My concern was we don’t need that much money sitting in a bank or in stock market. We need to diversify. We need to have land. We need to have stocks and bonds and we need to have cash. Of course a lot of people disagreed with me, but when I went to the Board and presented that, I had a unanimous decision by all Board members to go forward and find the property. I found it.
In the six years I was on, there were six different Boards. A lot of us stayed on. Some went off, some came on, some went out. In those six years, everyone had agreed one hundred percent to go for this property, to buy it, to keep it. Once I left the board, everything changed. I don’t know if it my magnetic personality that had kept it on or my bulldog personality that kept telling them to keep it, but once it went off, I went off the Board, everything changed. There was a push to sell it and it was sold. The reasoning behind the sell, once we bought it, I had put in a plan prior to purchasing it that we were going to rent this land. We purchased it at $13 million. Our costs were about $8,000-$10,000 a month. We needed to get $15-$25,000 a month. That’s almost $1,000 a day to rent it out and to use it and at least get some income coming in as an income property and land banking it.
I wanted to pay all 13 million in cash, but the president of the time Tom McTigue did not. He wanted to have more cash in reserves. At that point, our $16 million had gone back up to $18 or $19. I said, “You got $5 million in the bank. Why do you need to have it? You can always borrow against it.” He was adamant we had to use it. When we did that, it took a big chunk of cost put back into the property. It was costing us just for that mortgage about $8,000 a month.
BDP: The interest?
SLS: The interest. It became a position of anger between me. We were supposed to put in $300,000 in improvements. I wanted us to build a little hale on the side so that we could have surfboards and canoes and things that other members could go and use away from the main house and use that facility and just get people used to the idea that there is an alternative site. The next Board did not want that. They never put in the $300,000 that we had agreed, the previous Boards had agreed to do. We got one person for a year and a half in there. He was paying $22,000. He was happy. Once he moved out, it was agreed, the new Board said we’re going to sell the property and don’t rent it. For a year and a half, there was no income on the property. The property showed a loss.
They eventually sold it for the same amount of money. We had a meeting prior to it going up for sale. I said to the new Board, “Why don’t you just sell a portion? We had two lots. Why don’t you just sell one lot and keep one lot?” Nope, didn’t want to do that. They just didn’t want any land. They didn’t want this property. It was a bad idea. Whoever came up with the idea was an idiot. I said, “Well you know, that’s how it is. This is what I believed in and I still believe in it.”
BDP: I agree with you Stephany. Leasehold has been the problem for this Club ever since it was founded. It will be.
SLS: It will be. You asked me … We’ll talk about that down the line. When will you tell me about the future.
BDP: I remember holding … the Club held an open house on the property that I attended. I thought it had great possibilities. Do you know what the majority of members who attended felt about it?
SLS: We had that meeting and we did the majority did vote for it. It was overwhelmingly that they voted for it. I think that people understood. It’s all about how you present. People understood. I wasn’t allowed to talk at that meeting. Only the president wanted to talk. They had gotten in another appraiser in. He had validated that the price was at the appraisal price. Bobby Hastings Jr. did the appraisal. I think most people understood that it was for the future, not for the present.
SLS: A lot of people complained that it wasn’t zoned for outrigger activity, a club use. What they don’t understand is that you can get variances. The outrigger did try to get variances, but I think what they did is they tried too soon. They wanted to put a church on it and have weddings. At that time, John Henry Felix had been getting fined everyday for having his house used as a wedding. The neighborhood was very upset, but the Buddhist church on Kalanianaole is on R5 land. The tennis court property that became is now a church for the Four Square Church, that is on R5 property. There are a couple more properties that are commercially used. They are on R5 property.
I was confident over a ten year period using the house as a long term or a vacation rental once a month, putting in the work, the corrections that we needed to fix it up to get that high kind of income, then to go back to the Neighborhood Board, get to know the Neighborhood Board people and then go for the variance. In order to do that, it takes time. A lot of people just didn’t want to do the time. I was willing to, but they didn’t want me at that point. I was told by Geoff Graf who was the president, he said, “You’ve done your job. You got the property. Now leave it to us to take care of it. You’re no longer going to be on the committee. You’re done.” I said, “All right. You can’t.” In a board situation, you can’t go forward on some things.
BDP: When they did sell it, they lost money on it?
SLS: They sold it for the same amount of money they purchased it for, but when you put in commissions and the year and a half it was empty and the fees that needed to be paid, yes we lost money on it.
BDP: I see.
SLS: One of the few ocean front properties to lose money on the Outrigger Canoe Club lost money.
BDP: Did all this take place before or after the renegotiation of the lease with the Elk’s Club?
SLS: We renegotiated the lease and then I found the property.
BDP: I see. How do you think the Club’s over one hundred years has been affected by it’s being located on this whole property for this entire time?
SLS: The success of the Club has not been because of the lease hold position. The success of the Club is because we’re on an ocean front property that reciprocal members and guests can come and enjoy this beautiful area on the slopes of Diamond Head. How is it going to affect us in the future is the big thing. Lease hold for the first fifty years, we were lucky. We were absolutely … It was a gift from God to be paying a $2,500 a month $30,000 a year for 1.7 acres on Diamond Head. We were so lucky. At that point, we should have been putting money away for the future. We had $18 million, but we should have had $50 million. Our dues were able to be lower because the lease rent was so low. We were able to have a lot of parties and give back to the members a lot of free stuff. We did a lot of things because we had a very low lease. Now we have a more expensive lease and a lot of things can’t be done as they used to be.
BDP: I see. What do you think the Club’s future holds when the lease expires?
SLS: I think the Outrigger will be done. I think the existence of the Outrigger Canoe Club will be gone.
BDP: Will be gone?
SLS: Will be gone. I think at that point, the market will … The Outrigger will have to pay market price for lease rent. They probably will be able to survive maybe three, five years. You’ve got to think. In today’s world, the market price with the evaluations, the evaluations right now, ocean front property on Diamond Head is $400, almost $600 a square foot in today’s dollars. You multiply that by 1.7 acres and you have to pay seven to eight percent of the value of that land means you’re talking about at today’s world, you’re talking about a $50 million, $60 million dollar value. At eight percent, that’s $4.5 million a year, or that’s about $400,000 a month right now, today.
People will argue with me. Everybody’s an expert in real estate. Just ask them. People will say, “Maybe you’re right. Maybe you’re wrong. Maybe it’s more. Maybe it’s less.” The bottom line is it’d be a lot more expensive than what we’re paying now. You move forward in thirty-five years and what’s it going to be? It’s going to be a point where people are not going to be able to afford it. You won’t be able to afford it. Someone like Charles Schwab who has his own personal golf course on the big island has 250-300 members. Initiation is $500-$800,000 I think. They pay $30,000 a month. He has people waiting to get in. Maybe that’s what it’ll become. There will be an exclusivity of that level who can afford it.
BDP: It will no longer be a place where men and boys can ride up, ride on the waves.
SLS: And women, don’t forget us.
SLS: It will not be what we have now because it will become so expensive. I think it was a great, great disservice to the Outrigger Canoe Club to sell that property. I’ve said it to them to their face. I’ve said it to everybody. I think that if we had paid in cash and land banked and maybe subdivided and put another property on it, whatever you could do just to keep it. That’s the problem. Land is so finite in Hawaii. It is a gift to have an ocean front property. That property, this is 1.7, that property was 2.6. Even with global warming if it took an acre of ocean front, we’d still be on the ocean and we’d still have the same amount of land that we have now.
You’re going to sit there and tell me that “No, you will not be able to redevelop at that time, in thirty-five years.” You have ADU people units being built on houses, on 5,000 square foot houses. You’re putting two houses now because everybody needs housing. You do not believe that in the future things could change? Then you are a very non visionary person.
For me, a lot of the people on the Board, they still believe they were right in the decision to sell the property. Maybe they are. We’ll see in the future won’t we? For me, to lose that piece, that last large parcel was very sad because I think that the future is dim. Do you think that we could buy a property in Kahala? Some people propose that. Maybe we should buy a property in Kahala on the beach. Well, we could if the zoning changes, but … Alexander & Baldwin tried to do some multiple housing on one of the acre lots. What they didn’t realize is that the covetence of the deeds that were done with Kamehameha Schools said no, that you could only have one property for one acre of land. Maybe they will break that and eventually it will happen.
I would have been better … To me, it would have been a better tactic to own ocean front property in Aina Haina and have a value that’s going up and then negotiate if we were to get closer to Kahala or somewhere else because then we would have something to play with. We’d have another component to sell, to refinance, to manipulate for the second property. Now we have nothing. Now all we have are stocks and bonds and a lease hold property. That doesn’t bode well for the future.
BDP: I’m sorry that things are not looking so well. I hate to end on this note. Maybe you have something happy to tell us?
SLS: I believe that one person can make a difference. I believe that one person can change the world for the better or for the good. I’m hoping that I’m wrong. I’m hoping that maybe the next generation will find the answer. Obviously this property was not the answer in the eyes of the people who are in power today. That’s okay. I’m okay with that. Let’s just hope that the passion and the heart that you have for this Club and I have for this Club and many do will go forward and that one person will do the right thing and find us a home so that we will not perish. So that for the next two hundred years, three hundred, four hundred years we’ll all be here. The people one hundred years from now will be seeing this and say, “Stephany, we proved you wrong. We found the right place.” That’s what I’m looking for.
BDP: Okay that’s a happier note. I guess do you have anything else to add, Stephany?
SLS: No, I’m twenty-one and I’m one hundred and twenty pounds and I’m going to hold that thought.
BDP: I thank you so much for being with us today and for sharing your memories, your opinions, your thoughts for the future. Thank you so much.
SLS: Thank you for having me.
Service to the Outrigger Canoe Club
Board of Directors
2005 Coordinating Director, Historical Committee
2006 Coordinating Director, Historical Committee
2007 Coordinating Director Historical Committee/Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation
2008 Coordinating Director, Public Relations Committee
2009 Coordinating Director, House Committee, Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation
2010 Secretary, Coordinating Director House Committee
Long Range Planning Committee
Public Relations Committee
Canoe Racing Committee
Dad Center Long Distance Canoe Race
1974 1st Place Crew
1976 1st Place, Junior Women
Hawaii Canoe Racing Association State Championships
1979 1st Place, Mixed Open
Summer Waikiki Ocean 10K Paddleboard Race
1979 3rd Place, Women