Media release from attorney Ted Hong
HILO, Hawaii: On December 31, 2012, the County of Hawaii reinstated Glen Shikuma, Elections Warehouse Worker, four (4) months after he died. The County has now rescinded the termination of all four (4) county employees that former County Clerk Jamae Kawauchi and former Council Chairman Dominic Yagong targeted and terminated from the County’s Office of Elections.
Ted Hong, the attorney for three of the reinstated county employees remarked that “any doubt about whether the personnel actions taken by Ms. Kawauchi, Mr. Yagong and supported by former council members has been resolved in my clients favor.” Hong concluded “Their terminations should never have happened in the first place, they were wrong and this letter confirms it.” According to Hong, “In the course of these unwarranted terminations, the HGEA, the UPW and County Administration deserve the credit for looking at things in the right perspective and with the right intent.”
“The Shikuma famiy has suffered enough, not only falsely blaming Glen for something that didn’t happen, but then persecuting him and running his name into the ground,” Hong said. “This letter is recognition and goes a long way to restoring Glen’s good name and standing in our community.”
“I and the Shikuma family are profoundly grateful that the county administration agreed that what happened to Glen was wrong and the situation needed to be made right.”