Liquor administrator resigns after admitting to ethical violations

Published: Jul. 18, 2013 at 10:29 PM HST|Updated: Jul. 19, 2013 at 3:18 PM HST
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Greg Nishioka
Greg Nishioka

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The administrator of the Honolulu Liquor Commission has resigned, months after admitting to dozens of legal ethics violations through his law practice.

The Honolulu Liquor Commission accepted Greg Nishioka's resignation during an Executive Session on Thursday.

Commissioners did not discuss the reasons for the resignation. However, in February, the commission placed Nishioka on administrative leave to investigate the ethics case.

Nishioka who was a lawyer for 28 years says he resigned from the Hawaii bar to avoid discipline. Nishioka admitted to misappropriating client funds and even using a "misleading name for his law firm."

Nishioka didn't tell the commission about those violations until Hawaii News Now began investigating in February.

After he was placed on administrative leave, Nishioka said he did not intend to resign from the Liquor Commission, because "it's two unrelated matters as far as I'm concerned. This involved me alone."

Nishioka's assistant administrator, Anna Hirai, has served as acting administrator.

The administrator oversees a $4 million annual budget and staff of about 50 people who regulate liquor sales at roughly 1,400 Oahu bars, nightclubs, restaurants and other establishments.

Nishioka will remain on paid leave with the commission until he resigns August 30.

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