HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – State Department of Transportation (DOT) Director Brennon Morioka is leaving to take a job in the private sector, Governor Lingle announced Thursday morning. Morioka, who has led the DOT since 2007, has accepted a job as executive vice president of Pearl City based Shioi Construction.
"Brennon has been a trusted member of my cabinet and although we are sad to see him go, I am confident he will continue to bring a heightened level of leadership and integrity to all of his future endeavors" said Lingle.
Morioka, a former head of the state Republican Party, joined the department in 2005, serving as Highways Division deputy director. Lingle appointed him director in 2007 to oversee the state's 15 airports, 10 commercial harbors and about 2,500 lane miles of roadways.