State Museum financial woesUPDATED 8:36 PM HST Dec 13, 2013Video Transcript
Big problems, closer scrutiny. That is what's in store for the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. KITV-4's Catherine Cruz has the latest developments... It costs nothing to walk into the state musuem located at the old Hemmeter building. But it attracts only 74 people a month. Law makers are questioning why should taxpayers keep shelling out a half a million dollars to operate a facility hardly anyone visits. - Glenn Wakai 57: 21-57 34 "I think we can do better than that.we need to have more dynamic displays we need to change things up we need advertisre to partner with Iolani palace Honolulu Museum, Bishop musuem. None of that is happening. Why? Wakai says he was astounded to learn that the Foundation has 5 thousand pieces of art in its collection but more than a third of it sitting hidden away in a storage. BERT TAPE 1:00:06-1:00:19 - " "We are kind of hoarding and hoarding, and building and buildng and building and if people do not want to look at this artwork then we should look at opportunities to lease this stuff out," Wakai says if it's the people's art then the public should have better access. The head of the troubled agency has thrown up her hands at what she says is resistance from her staff to try and do that. - Eva 8: 28-8:37 -" Right from day one they ahve made it clear they will not take orders I have operated under a very hostile environment" Laird Smith had been wokring with the state's IT staff to create a high resolution website with to make what's in the collection available to all. To her surprise staff had created one of their own with low-resolution images that operates offline. BOB Tape Eva Laird Smith 4:59- 5:19 - About four months ago, unbeknownts to me. And we are working a new website with information technology where you can click look at the image and get information, but contrary to that staff had persisted with doing their own thing without lling me as dirt" Laird Smith told KITV aerrors with a recent exhibit that labeled a man as a woman wearing items incorrectly described could and should have been flagged and corrected before they became embarrassing. All part of the trail of a troubled agency now coming under a magnifying glass. Wakai hopes to hold a hearing before the end of the year. He points out if the other museums charge admission and attract thousands more people every year, and a free museum can't do the same-- something is wrong with this picture.