Ewa Historical Society funding comes under scrutiny

By Melvin Givens, Digital Editor, Digital Editor
Published On: May 01 2014 10:00:32 PM HST
HONOLULU -

Eyebrows are being raised over $100,000 earmarked for the Ewa Historical Society. The non-profit is controlled by Rep. Rida Cabinilla.

The controversy centers on the upkeep for this Ewa Cemetery, which is why Cabinilla says she sought the funds.

The city says it hired a contractor Y2Kleening to maintain the cemetery since Aug 2013 as part of a larger contract, but prior to that it had fallen into disrepair.

The Ewa lawmaker and her staff are listed as officers, but Cabinilla says she did not hide anything and she plans to distance herself from the group.

"I don't believe I violated any law. The conflict of interest comes when you get paid. I never was paid. I do not intend to get paid and neither are my staff. We put the names there for structure," said Rep. Cabinilla. "I hope the hoopla about this non-profit does not deter the release of the money because the community needs that money."

House leaders say the attorney general is looking into the matter. They assure that no money will be dispersed until the budget office completes its due diligence and gives its approval that everything is above board.

The non-profit had its 501-C-3 status revoked last year, but Cabinilla says she has verification the non-profit is in good standing.

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