Department alleges Hanohano mistreated staff

Rep. Faye Hanohano
Rep. Faye Hanohano

HONOLULU (AP) - The state Department of Land and Natural Resources says state Rep. Faye Hanohano has been racially discriminatory and inappropriate to department's staff.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports department Chairman William Aila sent House Speaker Joe Souki a letter detailing several incidents in which Hanohano allegedly made disparaging comments toward department staff at committee hearings.

The allegations come one week after a college student complained Hanohano treated him rudely when he testified before a committee she chairs.

House leaders have said they intend to assign a special committee to look into Hanohano's conduct after receiving several complaints.

Aila says he has tried to meet personally with Hanohano to discuss his concerns by she declined the opportunity.

Hanohano didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

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