For people trying to understand Hawaii Republican Party finances, it helps to look beyond state campaign-finance reports.
The GOP reported an $8,829 surplus in its state report covering fundraising from January through June. But the party also files monthly financial reports to the Federal Election Commission. The latest report, filed in September and covering the party’s finances through August, shows a $93,703 debt
Several members of the party’s executive committee who pushed for Jonah Kaauwai’s resignation as chairman cited the debt as one of the factors in their loss of confidence in him as a leader.