Canceled show costs UH $1M
HONOLULU (AP) — A panel of state lawmakers says a botched Stevie Wonder concert and its fallout have cost the University of Hawaii $1.1 million.
That figure came during a 7½-hour long hearing of the Senate Special Committee on Accountability that ended late Tuesday.
The University of Hawaii athletic department tried to hold the show as a fundraiser. The school paid $200,000 as a deposit, but learned after they began selling tickets that neither Wonder nor his representatives authorized the show. It’s not clear where the money went.
The $1.1 million figure includes payments to three law firms and a three-year contract for the university’s former athletic director, who was put on leave while the school investigated. He was given a new job after he threatened to sue if he wasn’t reinstated.
Man dies after Waipahu wreck
HONOLULU (AP) — A man in his 20s who crashed into a tree stump over the weekend in Waipahu has died of his injuries.
Police say the man was taken to a hospital in critical condition early Sunday.
Authorities say speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.
Beating death suspect charged
WAIANAE, Oahu (AP) — An Oahu man has been charged with manslaughter in the beating death of a man over the weekend.
The Honolulu prosecutor’s office said Tuesday Royce Gouveia’s bail has been set at $250,000.
KITV-TV reports the 27-year-old was arrested at the same Makaha address where a man was fatally shot in the face last month.