Senator Shimabukuro’s Response to Ethics Violation

Maile Shimabukuro

In February 2016, the law firm Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing invited me to be a speaker at their annual retreat. I was asked to serve as a commenter on a bus tour of the Waianae Coast. The firm’s goal was to educate its employees about the challenging issues facing the Waianae Coast, and some of the positive things happening to address the challenges.

The retreat was at the Aulani Resort, and the firm invited my family and I to stay at the hotel for one night and attend the Paradise Cove Luau along with the rest of the firm during its retreat. Since I was being asked to “work,” I did not realize it would be considered a gift law violation to accept the firm’s offer.

Unfortunately I was unaware that a reporter was trying to contact me on 09/05/16 until after I saw the news story that evening. I was traveling from California to Hawaii that day returning from a Labor Day weekend trip with my family, and my phone had died by the time I got off the plane.

I have a great deal of respect for Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, which has often worked to support public interest causes. The firm did not ask me for anything other than to help educate its employees about the issues facing the Waianae Coast. I have not, and will not provide any special treatment to the firm.

I do not know which bill the reporter is referring to regarding the gifts law. I am reaching out to him to try and get more details so that I can respond appropriately.

I extremely sorry for this oversight on my part, and take full responsibility for this incident. I have paid the assessed fine, and I welcome your questions and concerns.

Here is a link to the news story:
http://m.hawaiinewsnow.com/hawaii…/…/330510/content/gmU0eO5O

Aloha ,

Senator Maile Shimabukuro
District 21
(Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko Olina, Nanakuli, Ma`ili, Wai`anae, Makaha, Makua)
State Capitol, Room 222

Big Island Fair in Kona Cancelled

The fair that was scheduled for West Hawaii this weekend has been cancelled.

Fair Ride

EK Fernandez posted the following on Facebook on August 30th:

Due to the upcoming weather this week, piers on the Big Island are closing today and our rides and equipment are still on Kauai from this past weekend’s Kauai Fair. Unfortunately, there’s no way to get everything over to the Big Island in time to operate next weekend for the Big Island Fair in Kona. We’re very sorry for the inconvenience and will have any and all event updates posted on our social media and website.
Please take care and be sure to keep yourself and families safe and dry!
www.EKFernandez.com

The Hawaii County Fair scheduled for September 22-25th is still scheduled to go on as planned.