Despite sexual misconduct suit, city Enterprise Services director returned to work

Despite sexual misconduct suit, city Enterprise Services director returned to work
Guy Kaulakukui returned to his job as director of the city Department of Enterprise Services in September but at a limited capacity. (Source: none)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - After more than four months on paid leave after a sexual misconduct lawsuit was filed, city Enterprise Services Director Guy Kaulukukui returned to work in September but with limited duties.

The attorney for the alleged victim blasted the city for not conducting an investigation before bringing him back.

“It is a slap in the face of my client and all survivors of sexual assaults. It’s really, really disgusting,” said Jon Jacobs, attorney for the woman who filed her suit anonymously.

The woman, now 50, is a former Kamehameha School student who alleges that during the mid-1980s Kaulukukui groomed her and sexually assaulted her when he was her teacher and track coach.

She is suing Kaulukukui and the school.

The city said Kaulukukui — who was placed on leave in April when the suit was filed — returned to work in September for a temporary assignment.

“We brought Guy back for the limited, limited purpose of helping us with the Haiku Stairs. And the reason we did so is he was the person who worked on getting it up and running,” Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said.

The city said it did not conduct an investigation because the alleged assaults occurred “35 years ago and the allegations do not involve the city … or Kaulukukui’s job performance.”

The woman’s attorney shared letters with Hawaii News Now that Kaulukukui wrote to her in the mid-1980s showing that the two had a close personal relationship.

“It’s clear he’s purchasing her clothes, he’s asking her for pictures, he is wishing sugar coated dreams, it’s unbelievable ... These letters end with him saying love Guy,” said Jacobs.

While there’s nothing overtly sexual in the letters, the woman’s attorney said they show that Kaulukukui was grooming her for sex.

“These letters are written contemporaneously with the sexual assaults by Mr. Kaulukukui against my client,” he said.

Kaulukuki’s last official day at the city was Friday because Mayor Caldwell’s term ends Saturday.

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