HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A letter of reprimand was delivered to Representative Faye Hanohano Thursday afternoon following numerous complaints about her behavior.
Two weeks ago, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources alleged Rep. Hanohano was racially discriminatory and inappropriate to department's staff.
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.
Those complaints came just days after Hawaii Pacific University student Aarin Jacobs testified in support of a bill to protect sharks and rays and said committee chair Hanohano berated him.
The letter she received today was written by House Speaker Souki and reads in part:
Your conduct during the public hearings was intimidating and displayed, at a minimum, a lack of respect and courtesy, and would lead an impartial obsesrver to agree that your references to age and ethnicity lessened public confidence in the integrity of the House of Representatives.
Your conduct was unacceptable, was in violation of the House Code of Legislative Conduct, and was disruptive to our workplace.
The letter ends with an understanding that if Hanohano's questionable conduct continues, she will be immediately removed from all committee assignments.
Click to read the letter of reprimand - http://hine.ws/14