Senate Panel: Canceled Wonder Show Has Cost U of Hawaii $1M

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

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.

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