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OIP: UH was wrong to hide names in ‘Wonder Blunder’ report

  • Jamm AquinoAttorney Robert Katz
    Jamm Aquino
    Attorney Robert Katz

The state Office of Information Practices issued an opinion that “almost none” of the redactions to the 57-page University of Hawaii fact-finders’ report on the Stevie Wonder concert debacle were justified under state law.

The opinion, prompted by a request from state Sen. Donna Mercado Kim (D, Kalihi Valley-Moanalua-Halawa), chairwoman of the Senate Special Committee on Accountability last fall, was released last week.

In its opinion, the Office of Information Practices chided UH for redacting Wonder’s name, noting that, “his name had been publicized in UH’s statewide announcement of the concert and, thus, in this case he was already widely known in connection with the failed concert and, indeed, tickets with his name on them were being pre-sold at the time of its cancellation.”

In its opinion, the OIP recommends “that the committee return the report to UH so that UH can redo the redaction as provided for herein.”

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