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Thursday, April 27, 2000




Peters regrets trust didn't buy Star-Bulletin at 1992 sale

He tells '60 Minutes'
that owning the newspaper
would've given it a voice

By Helen Altonn
Star-Bulletin

Tapa

Former Bishop Estate trustee Henry Peters told "60 Minutes" he regrets that the estate didn't buy the Honolulu Star-Bulletin when it was up for sale in 1992.

Asked by correspondent Steve Kroft if there was anything he would do differently, Peters said:

"I think we would have bought the Star-Bulletin, our local newspaper, and at least we would have a chance to have our side of the story told, because that certainly has not been the case today."

Kroft said, "That was the one thing you couldn't control?"

"Absolutely," Peters replied.


By George F. Lee, Star-Bulletin
Former Bishop Estate trustee Henry Peters reacts to Judge
Kevin Chang's decision to temporarily remove the
remaining Bishop Estate trustees on May 7, 1999.



Peters was among those interviewed for a story about the estate's shakeup for a segment that will be shown at 5:30 p.m. Sunday on KGMB/CBS.

Kroft also interviewed former trustee Lokelani Lindsey, former state Attorney General Margery S. Bronster, law professor Randy Roth and U.S. District Court Senior Judge Samuel P. King.

King told Kroft Lindsey's behavior provoked a group of Kamehameha Schools students, parents and alumni "to do a very un-Hawaiian thing." They staged a protest march, he said.

"And if the trustees had just sat down and conferred with them, none of this would have happened and they could have gone on their merry way ripping off the trust without the beneficiaries worrying about it."

King was one of five Hawaiian co-authors of the essay "Broken Trust."

"The oatmeal hit the fan" when the essay was published by the Star-Bulletin in August 1997, he told "60 Minutes."



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