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Legislators give $100,000 grant to group run by fellow lawmaker

Legislators give a grant to a nonprofit without knowing a colleague runs it

By Derrick DePledge

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 01, 2014

~~<p>State Rep. Rida Cabanilla says she was standing up for her community when she sought a grant-in-aid from the state Legislature so the Ewa Historical Society could restore the dilapidated Ewa Plantation Cemetery, where plantation workers are buried.</p>
<p>But many of her fellow lawmakers who approved the $100,000 grant on Tuesday were not aware that Cabanilla essentially controls the Ewa Historical Society. Cabanilla's son &mdash; who is also her office manager &mdash; was listed as the nonprofit's vice president in the grant application, and Cabanilla and two of her legislative aides were listed as serving on the four-member board of directors.</p>
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State Rep. Rida Cabanilla says she was standing up for her community when she sought a grant-in-aid from the state Legislature so the Ewa Historical Society could restore the dilapidated Ewa Plantation Cemetery, where plantation workers are buried.

But many of her fellow lawmakers who approved the $100,000 grant on Tuesday were not aware that Cabanilla essentially controls the Ewa Historical Society. Cabanilla's son — who is also her office manager — was listed as the nonprofit's vice president in the grant application, and Cabanilla and two of her legislative aides were listed as serving on the four-member board of directors. Login for more...



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