The Maui News - The Wailuku Main Street Association asked the Maui County Council to restore their $243,000 county grant last week (www.mauinews.com/page/content.detail/id/560334.html). Board members from the association claimed that they have been singled out and attacked by members of the community, The Maui News and county officials. The group is currently under investigation by the state Department of the Attorney General for allegations of violation of Hawai'i's nonprofit laws.
As reported in The Maui News, two former board members have claimed that the association's executive director, Joycelyn Perreira, refused to make documents regarding the organization's finances available to them.
In the article, Board Chairman Tom Cannon said the allegations are false statements made by former employees Sam Clark and Brian Sarasin with the purpose of undermining the organization.
Claims were also made that board members were not allowed to communicate directly with each other, and instead, were told to send email and other communications only through Perreira.
Former Treasurer Carl Griffith said he was not allowed access to financial documents. "There were things you wanted that sometimes you just couldn't get--period," he said. "They said, 'If you need to see it, come in and see it (in the office).' And there were times you'd go in and they'd say, 'It's not available right now. We'll get it to you some other time.'"