- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - A superintendent for the Hawaii Department of Transportation is under investigation after the state Ethics Commission found that he had used state resources for his own personal purposes.

Francis “Kepa” Kekaualua has been fined $3,000 as part of a settlement agreement with the commission. He has not admitted any wrongdoing, West Hawaii Today reported (https://bit.ly/28Ip7Sc ).

Kekaualua is accused of using state staff and equipment to assist him after a tire blew out on his personal truck in Kona in August. He allegedly used a company vehicle to drive home and then ordered other employees to go pick up his truck and change the tire.

“Employees who are entrusted with state property and other state resources for the performance of their official duties must uphold the public’s trust by ensuring that state property and state resources are used for official purposes only,” the commission’s May 23 report states.

Records show the employees logged the hours of work for Kekaualua while on the clock.

DOT spokeswoman Shelly Kunishige said in an email that Kekaualua is under a “management investigation” and has not been put on leave from his approximately $60,000 annual job.

Kekaualua didn’t return messages for comment left Thursday and Friday on his work number or a phone number for him on the Kelii’s Campaign Spending Commission report.


Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, https://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/

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