Several recent stories about the University of Hawaii have made us wonder what the heck is going on at the university?

For example, former Chancellor Tom Apple’s ouster three years before his employment agreement ended led to student protests and some questions from the faculty. After Apple’s dismissal, new questions were raised about the school’s fiscal budget woes, and its maintenance repair backlog. And the newly implemented financial disclosure law for members of UH’s Board of Regents resulted in four of the 15 members resigning.

Meet the Press. UH President David Lassner speaks to local media outside Bachman Hall on the UH Manoa campus after speaking with students and faculty about the termination of Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple on July 31, 2014

UH President David Lassner speaks to local media about the controversial termination of Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple earlier this year.

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So we invited a few people affiliated with the university to participate in a Civil Cafe to talk about “What’s Ailing UH and How To Fix It.”Civil Beat reporter Nathan Eagle will moderate the panel. Joining us for the discussion will be:

RSVP here if you would like to attend.

The event will take place on Thursday, Nov. 20 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Fresh Cafe Kakaako (831 Queen St.). It will be livestreamed on our website, and broadcast on Channel 54 through our partner, Olelo Community Media.

If you have questions for our panel, you can ask them in person at the event, by using hashtag #CivilCafe on Twitter, or email We expect it to be a lively conversation, but as always #becivil!

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