Hawaii Monitor: Patronage Games

University of Hawaii - West Oahu

One of the benefits of being a reporter is that you get to exercise your curiosity.

And so when I saw the news last month that UH West Oahu was facing a cash flow crunch because an $18 million loan had been unexpectedly delayed for several months, I decided to take a closer look at the deal.

My routine check into that tardy $18 million loan turned up an unexpected bit of apparent political patronage involving a personal friend and spiritual mentor to former Gov. Linda Lingle.

Here’s the story.

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