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Regents report on failed Stevie Wonder concert not ready

By Craig Gima

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LAST UPDATED: 11:27 a.m. HST, Oct 18, 2012


A Board of Regents report on what went wrong in the failed Stevie Wonder concert is not ready and will not be presented today, a regent on the board task group said.

"They (the group) tried their best, but it's not finished yet," said regent's vice chairman James Lee, 

Board Chairman Eric Martinson created the group after the UH Manoa Athletic Department lost $200,000 in an apparent Stevie Wonder concert scam.

The group had been scheduled to present its findings at a board meeting today at 11 a.m.

The task group is made up of five regents and four accounting and business professionals. It also hired the accounting firm of KMH LLP, under a $50,000 contract, to look at the accounting procedures and controls at the athletic department and UH system to see if procedures were violated and to see if changes need to be made to prevent a similar incident from happening in the future.

Task force members are: James H. Q. Lee, vice chairman of the Board of Regents and chairman of the Committee on University Audits; Barry Mizuno, regent and vice chairman of the Committee on University Audits; Saedene Ota, regent and member of the Committee on University Audits; Jan Sullivan, regent and member of the Committee on University Audit; Benjamin Kudo, regent; Lawrence Rodriguez, business consultant; Terri Fujii, managing partner, Honolulu office of Ernst & Young LLP; Patrick Oki, managing partner, PKF Pacific Hawaii LLP; and Cory Kubota, Assurance Principal, Accuity LLP.







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false wrote:
Release the report on election day, that way i will get lost in the news cycle.
on October 18,2012 | 11:00AM
CriticalReader wrote:
DId they decide which lawyer is going to be hired to investigate why the report wasn't ready today? Or, are they going to wait until the next meeting to do that?
on October 18,2012 | 09:10PM
mcc wrote:
The Regents in are in school with their $5,000 plus per diem instructor today.
on October 18,2012 | 11:09AM
allie wrote:
more incompetence
on October 18,2012 | 11:12AM
DAGR81 wrote:
allie, why don't you go public and see if you can do anything constructive for us.
on October 18,2012 | 01:57PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Albert/Alfred/Allie aka IT. Incompetence and idiocy are subjects you clearly are associated with as you display it so openly in these pages.
on October 19,2012 | 04:24PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
The Regents are truly the gang that couldn't shoot straight. Their incompetence has risen to a truly comic level. Ask any UH undergrad what would happen if they were to fail to submit a term paper on time.
on October 18,2012 | 11:18AM
Anonymous wrote:
This just shows how much of respect they have for the students and Alumni and the Community......a big PUKA 000000 ZERO
on October 18,2012 | 11:23AM
Venus1 wrote:
Easy to sit back and criticize, especially when you don't have the facts...Ann Romney was right..."Get in the Ring". It is hard.
on October 18,2012 | 11:30AM
Descartes22 wrote:
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on October 18,2012 | 11:50AM
inverse wrote:
I don't think Venus is the goddess of love, rather a paid PR person from the UH administration. Her job is like Ukuleleblue on the rail forums, and that is to defend their boss and/or organization in the public arena.
on October 18,2012 | 12:38PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
There is once clear fact - an over paid civil servant was too lazy to simply pick up the telephone and make a 2 minute phone call to Stevie Wonder's manager to confirm the engagement. This is due diligence 101...
on October 18,2012 | 12:10PM
sidneyho wrote:
There is zero accountability with the actions (or inactions) of the board. They know that and yet they continue to show the general public there inability to get things done. Too funny.
on October 18,2012 | 12:36PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Watch....they will slip it out on a Saturday afternoon. Sssssshhhh.....quietly.....
on October 18,2012 | 12:40PM
Classic_59Chevy wrote:
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on October 18,2012 | 12:53PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Reliable sources have it that in the process of redacting any negative information the consultant ($50,000) and law firm ($75,000) they hired to do the redacting left only the title -- RESPONSIBLE OPEN GOVERNMENT FOR THE TAXPAYERS.
on October 18,2012 | 01:24PM
chryw8 wrote:
um, err, sorry professor. i "tried my best but my term paper is not finished yet." lol. incompetent fools.
on October 18,2012 | 01:44PM
loquaciousone wrote:
my dog ate it.
on October 18,2012 | 02:04PM
Ronin006 wrote:
The SA continues to call this a “failed Stevie Wonder concert.” It was nothing of the sort. Call it what it was – a Stevie Wonder Concert SCAM.
on October 18,2012 | 01:58PM
loquaciousone wrote:
MRC is the new Wonder Woman. I wonder what that woman will do next.
on October 18,2012 | 02:06PM
808comp wrote:
LOOSERS!!!!!!
on October 18,2012 | 02:45PM
kennie1933 wrote:
I know...they need to hire a CONSULTANT and pay him or her $15,000 to make sure the correct spin is in the report!
on October 18,2012 | 02:52PM
st1d wrote:
what, are they blind??
on October 18,2012 | 04:17PM
KING_CRABBE wrote:
shibai, and more shibai loose the regents now
on October 18,2012 | 06:19PM
soundofreason wrote:
"Task force members are: James H. Q. Lee, vice chairman of the Board of Regents and chairman of the Committee on University Audits; Barry Mizuno, regent and vice chairman of the Committee on University Audits; Saedene Ota, regent and member of the Committee on University Audits; Jan Sullivan, regent and member of the Committee on University Audit; Benjamin Kudo, regent; Lawrence Rodriguez, business consultant; Terri Fujii, managing partner, Honolulu office of Ernst & Young LLP; Patrick Oki, managing partner, PKF Pacific Hawaii LLP; and Cory Kubota, Assurance Principal, Accuity LLP."

There's your termination list.


on October 18,2012 | 07:20PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Totally understandable. It's only been a couple of weeks since KMH was assigned the new investigative "Fact Finding" job. First, it takes more than a couple of weeks to bill $50,000. And, there are others who want fact finder work. So that's going to take some more variable need determinations.
on October 18,2012 | 09:03PM
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