Honolulu liquor commissioner arrested on DUI suspicion

Danny Kim
Danny Kim
Gregg Hammer
Gregg Hammer
James Rodenhurst
James Rodenhurst

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL)- A Honolulu liquor commissioner is expected to resign after his arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence early Thursday morning.

Commissioner Danny Kim's job is to regulate it, but his suspected use of alcohol before getting behind the wheel may cost him his job.

Early Thursday around 4:00 am, Honolulu Liquor Commissioner Danny Kim is arrested for suspicion of a DUI at the intersection of Kilauea avenue and Makapuu avenue in Kahala.

"It's quite surprising," said Liquor Commissioner Gregg Hammer.

Fellow commissioner Gregg Hammer can't believe the news.

"He's a really good businessman, a great entrepreneur, it's unfortunate," said Hammer.

Calls to Kim were not returned, but commission chairman Dennis Enomoto released a statement to KHNL/KFVE news, it says " I am confirming that Commissioner Danny Kim was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence last night,this is certainly not behavior that the commission condones."

"Hopefully it won't take away from the direction we're trying to go with the commission," said Hammer.

"I say to you I'm so very sorry," said Former Commission Supervisor James Rodenhurst.

Another black eye for the commission. In 2007, former commission supervisor James Rodenhurst admitted to accepting bribes and allowing nightclubs to violate liquor laws. The commission says it will continue to do its job and expects Kim to do the same.

"Danny's going to do the right thing and we'll just move forward," said Hammer.

Commissioner Enomoto says Kim will submit a letter of resignation and then will address the DUI allegations. He was appointed to the commission by former Mayor Jeremy Harris in 2003.