High-level state employees have agreed to pay thousands of dollars in fines to settle allegations by the Hawaii Ethics Commission that for years they accepted free rounds of golf from top private firms who had business before the state.
The lengthy investigation wrapped up this week with a formal resolution of charges against nine state employees plus a notice that cases against 21 other public workers were resolved after they paid administrative fines.
Les Kondo, executive director of the Hawaii State Ethics Commission, speaks during a meeting last year.
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The commission named eight of the nine state employees who had formal charges filed against them. They include:
Marshall Ando, Department of Transportation, Harbors Division, Engineering Branch, Design Section Head: Administrative Penalty, $7,500
Gerobin Carnate, Department of Transportation, Highways Division, Materials Testing and Research Branch, Structural Materials Section Head: Administrative Penalty, $6,000
Brian Kashiwaeda, University of Hawaii, Community Colleges Facilities and Environmental Health Office, Director: Administrative Penalty, $3,200
Brian Minaai, University of Hawaii, Associate Vice President for Capital Improvements: Administrative Penalty, $3,000
Eric Nishimoto, Department of Accounting and General Services, Public Works Division, Project Management Branch Chief: Administrative Penalty, $5,600
Alvin Takeshita, Department of Transportation, Highways Division, Highways Division Administrator; Prior Engineering Program Manager, Traffic Branch Head: Administrative Penalty, $5,750
David Tamanaha, University of Hawaii-Maui College Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs: Administrative Penalty, $1,750
Jadine Urasaki, Department of Transportation, Deputy Director for Capital Improvement Projects; Prior Department of Education Facilities Development Branch, Public Works Manager: Administrative Penalty, $1,500
An engineer with the Department of Agriculture who used to work with the Department of Land and Natural Resources was able to just pay $1,000 and not have his/her name disclosed because he/she later gave the Ethics Commission information that he/she paid for some of the golf outings.
Of course, it takes two (at least) to tango into this world for the ethically challenged.
Here’s the list of firms that offered free golf to the state employees:
Akinaka & Associates
Awa & Associates
Bert S. Mitsunaga
Bowers + Kubota
Cement and Concrete Products Industry of Hawaii
Community Planning & Engineering
Island Ready-Mix Concrete
Kihei Gardens and Landscaping Company
Masonry Institute of Hawaii
Mitsunaga & Associates
Okahara and Associates
R. M. Towill Corporation
Ronald N. S. Ho & Associates
S. Nakagawa Mechanical Consultants
Read the complete report from the Ethics Commission below.
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