Tag Archives: Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi

Judge takes charge; Rosario screens potential jurors in Kenoi trial | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


On the first day of jury selection in the theft trial of Mayor Billy Kenoi in Hilo, the judge took matters into his own hands Monday.

Source: Judge takes charge; Rosario screens potential jurors in Kenoi trial | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/judge-takes-charge-rosario-screens-potential-jurors-kenoi-trial).

Accessed on 11 October 2016, 15:35 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

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During the opening moments of Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi’s trial, Honolulu Circuit Judge Dexter Del Rosario took the unusual step of screening potential jurors for the trial. When judge Rosario finished his questions, 30 of the 44 original jurors were asked to return on 17 October 2016 “when they will presumably be questioned by the lawyers.”

The remaining 14 jurors were dismissed for various reasons, saying “they could not put aside their current feelings about the mayor–good or bad–the charges against him or the legal proceedings and be fair and impartial arbiter of fact.”

The charges against Mayor Billy Kenoi stem from a year-long investigation by the state attorney general’s office into the mayor’s alleged misuse of a county purchasing card or pCard.

Judge Del Rosario said the jury selection should be completed by 17 October 2016.


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Kenoi trial requires massive jury pool | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Summons have been sent to 1,600 potential jurors for Mayor Billy Kenoi’s theft trial, which is scheduled to start Monday in Hilo.

Source: Kenoi trial requires massive jury pool | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/kenoi-trial-requires-massive-jury-pool).

Accessed on 07 October 2016, 15:40 hrs, UTC.

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According to Ken Lawson, a faculty member of the University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law, seating a jury for Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi’s trial “is going to be hard.”  Summons have been sent to 1,600 possible jurors for Kenoi’s trial, which begins on Monday, 10 October2016.

Lawson says having 1,600 persons in the jury pool “is an indication  there’s an underlying belief that it’s going to be hard to seat a jury.”

State Judiciary spokeswoman Tammy Mori says “if a case is high-profile, 300-500 jurors usually receive summons.”  Mori adds “We want to ensure we have a fair and impartial jury.”  The large jury pool will be reduced to 12 jurors and four alternates.


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Kenoi hearing cancelled | West Hawaii Today


HILO — A scheduled continuation of a pretrial hearing in the felony theft case of Mayor Billy Kenoi was called off, according to the chambers of Honolulu Circuit Judge Dexter Del Rosario.

Source: Kenoi hearing cancelled | West Hawaii Today (http://westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/kenoi-hearing-cancelled).

Accessed on 01 October 2016, 16:35 hrs, UTC.

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The continued hearing was set for Friday, 30 September 2016, but a clerk for Honolulu Circuit Judge Dexter Del Rosario said “lawyers for both sides decided issues contained in pretrial motions were sufficiently settled, and the judge decided the date wasn’t necessary.”

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi will face trial on 10 October 2016 in Hilo before Judge Dexter Del Rosario, because all Hawaii Island judges recused themselves.

Charges against the mayor stem from Billy Kenoi’s alleged misuse of a county purchasing card (pCard).


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Ethics Board to hear Kenoi complaint in November | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


KAILUA-KONA — The county Board of Ethics in November will hear a complaint that Mayor Billy Kenoi’s use of a county-issued credit card violated the Code of Ethics.

Source: Ethics Board to hear Kenoi complaint in November | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/ethics-board-hear-kenoi-complaint-november).

Accessed on 29 September 2016, 16:15 hrs, UTC.

Reporter: Cameron Miculka (“West Hawaii Today”).

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The Hawaii County Board of Ethics will hear a formal complaint against Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi filed by Kapaau resident Lanric Hyland. That hearing is set for the board’s meeting in November 2016.  Hyland filed his original complaint in April 2015, but the ethics panel “deferred the matter for a year pending the disposition of the state’s investigation into the criminal allegations” against the mayor.  Mayor Billy Kenoi is facing numerous criminal charges related to the use of his county purchasing card (pCard).

Hyland says the “clock has run out” and the best the ethics panel can do is “call Kenoi and any other witnesses to testify in order to make a decision before the mayor leaves office.” Given the current situation, Hyland believes board members “should give up their positions.” Hyland added that indecision by the board of ethics “is an example of why people lose faith in the local government and why voter turnout is dropping…they understand it doesn’t make a nickel’s worth of difference.”


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OT adds up as county rushes to meet mayor’s deadline | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


PAHALA — The screech of steel on steel echoed through the cavernous Ka‘u gym Saturday, as contractors worked overtime to meet an Oct. 4 deadline.

Source: OT adds up as county rushes to meet mayor’s deadline | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/ot-adds-county-rushes-meet-mayor-s-deadline).

Accessed on 18 September 2016, 15:30 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Nancy Cook Lauer (“West Hawaii Today”).

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Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi wants the trouble-plagued Ka’u Gym project done by 04 October 2016. He has authorized overtime and the spending of an additional $228,000 to have the facility dedicated before he leaves office in December 2016.  At one time, the mayor fired and later rehired three county engineers in an attempt to get the long-delayed facility built.

The new Ka’u Gym includes a variety of features, including “an auxiliary building, athletic courts, multipurpose rooms, restrooms, lobby, concession area, storage rooms, a locker and shower room…” and “will feature three NCAA regulation size courts.”  The gym will also serve as an emergency shelter, accommodating up to 1,928 people.


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Lawyers: Kenoi ‘had bigger things to do’ | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Attorneys defending Mayor Billy Kenoi on theft and other charges said in a legal document “the big picture, big thinking mayor had bigger things to do than think about monthly reimbursements” of personal charges made with his county-issued credit card.

Source: Lawyers: Kenoi ‘had bigger things to do’ | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/lawyers-kenoi-had-bigger-things-to-do).

Accessed on 15 September 2016, 15:30 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

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The pre-trial legal wrangling involving Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi’s alleged use of his county pCard continued Wednesday, 14 September 2016, as attorneys for both sides filed legal briefs regarding 40 emails connected to the case.

Mayor Kenoi’s attorneys argued that the mayor “had better things to do” than worrying about reimbursements of personal items on his county charge card.

The Deputy Attorney General said Hawaii County attorneys “have no grounds to claim attorney-client privilege to keep 40 emails concerning Kenoi’s purchasing card expenditures and media requests to see pCard records secret because their client is the public, not the mayor or any other government officials.”

Mayor Billy Kenoi’s trial will begin on 10 October 2016 in Hilo.


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KHNL: Mayor in theft case accused of misusing funds for alcohol


HILO, Hawaii (AP) – The deputy attorney general prosecuting Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi on theft charges has accused the mayor of using his government-issued credit card to buy “exorbitant

Source: KHNL: Mayor in theft case accused of misusing funds for alcohol (m.hawaiinewsnow.com/hawaiinewsnow/db_330570/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=PB4Bdsws).

Accessed on 12 September 2016, 15:30 hrs, UTC.

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Another wrinkle in the pCard case involving Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi.

According to “Hawaii News Now”, Deputy Attorney General Kevin Takata has filed court papers saying “a majority of the 15 card receipts presented to jurors of Kenoi’s personal purchases were related to alcohol.” Takata also said the pCard purchases “weren’t reimbursed until media requests seeking copies of the mayor’s card were filed.”

In March 2016, a Hawaii grand jury indicted Mayor Billy Kenoi on charges of theft, tampering with public records, and making a false statement under oath.

On Friday, Kenoi’s attorneys will ask a judge to dismiss all charges agains the mayor.


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