Last week, we promised to let you know whether the administrator of Hawaii’s pension program, the Employees’ Retirement System (ERS), would keep his word and get back to us about our questions. We were denied an interview when we visited the ERS office last Wednesday. But the top administrator, David Shimabukuro, told me we could talk this afternoon. When we asked if that meant he would answer our questions, the reply was: “We’ll see.”
Today, I called Shimabukuro at 3 p.m., as I had promised him last week. He returned my message by the end of the day and said he was considering my questions. “I’m still looking at some of the things you wrote,” he told me. “There are a lot of historical things, and you have some probing questions.”
Shimabukuro said he would call me again by Thursday to arrange a meeting next week.