Hawaii Council to meet over elections lawsuit, Sept. 25

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HILO, Hawaii: There will be a special meeting of the Hawaii County Council on Tuesday to discuss the recently filed lawsuits of terminated elections employees.

The meeting will be held in executive session, which means cameras will not be allowed.

Hilo attorney filed suit on behalf of elections administrator Pat Nakamoto and senior elections clerk Shyla Ayau, who – along with warehouse supervisor Glen Shikuma and Elton Nakagawa – were fired for allegedly having a year end party in 2010 at the Makaala Street elections warehouse. It has been alleged that Shikuma also ran a sign making business out of the warehouse.

The County, Council Chair Dominic Yagong, County Clerk Jamae Kawauchi, and Corporate Specialized Intelligence and Investigations, LLC – the company that conducted the investigation prior to the terminations – are all named in the lawsuit.

Hong held a press conference on the lawsuits a few weeks ago.

According to the meeting agenda, the possible appointment of special counsel will be discussed, behind closed doors.

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