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Bank sues new interim Liquor Commission administrator over loan default

By Ron Shikina

LAST UPDATED: 8:28 a.m. HST, Apr 3, 2011


The newly appointed interim administrator of the Honolulu Liquor Commission is being sued by Bank of Hawaii for defaulting on a loan.

Greg Nishioka, who started with the commission on March 15, said his law firm, Nishioka & Fujioka, had defaulted on a line of credit of about $65,000 and is trying to negotiate a resolution. He said the lawsuit shouldn’t affect his job as administrator.

Bruce Yoshida, one of the bank’s attorneys involved in the case, declined to comment today.

Former Commission Chairman Dennis Enomoto, who left last month because of a 10-year term limit, said before leaving that Nishioka made an immediate disclosure after learning about the suit. According to court documents, Nishioka was served with the lawsuit on March 1.

Enomoto said the default was a personal issue that shouldn’t interfere with Nishioka’s work performance.

“We really have high hopes,” he said of Nishioka last month. “He has the ability to do the work. He has the type of personality to get along with everybody.”

On Feb. 17, the commission announced that it chose Nishioka as interim administrator for one year while the search for a full-time administrator continues. Dewey Kim, the last commission administrator, resigned in May after six months on administrative leave because of a personnel matter.

Nishioka said so far he’s impressed with the commission’s workforce and has had only one employee issue, which was the employee arrested in February for investigation of selling a liquor commission card illegally.

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