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Senate panel schedules hearing on UH's Wonder concert fiasco

By Star-Advertiser staff


The state Senate Special Committee on Accountability has scheduled a Sept. 24 meeting to review University of Hawaii's handling of the Stevie Wonder concert fiasco, it was announced today.

The informational briefing is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. in Capitol conference room 211.

Sen. Donna Mercado Kim, committee chairwoman, has said members of the UH Board of Regents and school administrators will be asked to attend. 

Officially, it is described as a "briefing is to review the oversight, accountability, and transparency of the operational and financial management of the University of Hawaii System, including but not limited to the University of Manoa (sic) Athletics Department," according to a posting on the Capitol website.

Written testimony (10 MB limit) may be submitted to: SCATestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov. 

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Descartes22 wrote:
A grandstanding exercise. Typical that the Senate feels there is a "University of Manoa (sic) Athletics Department."
on September 5,2012 | 05:05PM
Rite80 wrote:
While UH has autonomy the legislature is still answerable to the taxpayer for monies spent. It is their responsibility to conduct this inquiry.
on September 6,2012 | 06:23AM
poidragon wrote:
Why should the State of Hawaii taxpayer be held to pay for the legislatures investigation of UH's lack of oversight? This Senate panel investigating the loss of finance at UH, will have very little impact and do absolutely nothing to help the situation at UH except cost the state's taxpayers finances that could be better used elsewhere! Our state continues to lag in getting it's economy back on track, our state legislature continues to be lackluster, passing legislation that has not teeth or any direct meaning to anything happening in our ocean locked state! This is an election year, it is tome to sweep out the do nothing politico's and put people in office that will earnestly work for the betterment of the citizens of the State of Hawaii and not for just themselves and their own aggrandizement!
on September 5,2012 | 05:24PM
Blue_Powder wrote:
Total grandstanding. What a waste of time. The Senate should be tackling real wide-reaching problems. It is obvious what went wrong. Nothing will come of this
on September 5,2012 | 07:37PM
WF808 wrote:
I, for one, applaud Senator Kim for responding to the public's demand for accountability. Legislators themselves are on a fixed salary and will not be paid any more because of this investigation. Any additional cost of this investigation is justified by the superior need to reign in President M.R.C. Greenwood, who, after leaving the UC system in disgrace due to corrupt hiring practices, is out of control in Hawaii, and has cost the taxpayers of this state hundreds of thousands of dollars more than what might have been lost due to the Stevie Wonder concert itself.
on September 5,2012 | 08:14PM
fairgame947 wrote:
Have you ever heard of per diem, mileage, etc., that all legislators are paid when not in normal session. That's how things are and to think otherwise is naive, at best.
on September 5,2012 | 09:00PM
Blue_Powder wrote:
Keoki Kerr could get more done in one hour than these Senate clowns will do in a whole day.
on September 5,2012 | 09:42PM
Rite80 wrote:
Exactly what did Keoki Kerr uncover in this case?
on September 6,2012 | 06:24AM
localguy wrote:
If this state had any concern over how tax payer's funds were spent, these hearings would be broadcast live. Let's see how good our elected bureaucrats are, not how they say they are. No reason why we can't do this. Why would anyone at UH Manoa be concerned, after all, Greenwood said good people made honest mistakes. RIght, like we believe this. Let's follow the money trail and see who is guilty, hold them accountable, administer corrective action and move on. Sooner we clean house the better.
on September 6,2012 | 06:32AM
Venus1 wrote:
In what other state do you have a state senate getting involved in a $200,000 mistake ???
on September 6,2012 | 08:16PM
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