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Auction clears out Kawamoto’s belongings from Kahala homes

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    A large crowd of bidders and onlookers gathered Saturday to browse “personal effects” once owned by billionaire Genshiro Kawamoto before the items were auctioned off in Kahala.
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    A bidder holds up her number to bid for the vase that is being held up for the crowd to see.
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    A large crowd of bidders and on-lookers gathered at the entrance of 4631 Kahala Avenue today for the auction.
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    Marcie Grabowski (left, holding 5-month-old Lianna) and her husband, Eric Grabowski (holding 3-year-old Kaila) were among the many on-lookers and bidders.
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    The entrance to the home where the auction was held was lined with marble statues for people to inspect before they went up for bidding.
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    Mayor Kirk Caldwell attended today's auction.
  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Lianne Chan, left, and Mike Nahoopii were among the many on-lookers and bidders that gathered today at a sprawling, two-story oceanside estate at 4631 Kahala Avenue for an auction of Genshiro Kawamoto's items. Over the past 10 years Kawamoto amassed an eclectic collection of furnishings, arts and objects for his Kahala homes. Kawamoto sold his portfolio of 27 Kahala properties and four other Hawaii parcels to Alexander & Baldwin Inc. for $98 million in September.

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