June 21st, 2012

Honolulu Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro was probably the most notable figure in the state’s criminal justice system not to attend Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s bill signing ceremony on justice reform at the state Capitol on Wednesday.

Kaneshiro had been a critic of the legislation. But his spokesman, Dave Koga, had a much simpler explanation for why Kaneshiro was not in attendance. “Keith did not attend the signing because he was not invited,” he said in an email.

Donalyn Dela Cruz, an Abercrombie spokeswoman, said Kaneshiro was sent an invitation via email last Thursday. She provided a copy as proof.

Shown the copy, Koga indicated that Kaneshiro’s email is slightly different than the one on the invitation from the governor’s office.

“He knew of the signing day,” he said. “But he never received an invitation.”

Koga said Kaneshiro joked that Pono, a black labrador used in the courthouse dog program, was his representative. Abercrombie nuzzled with the dog at the signing ceremony.

9 Responses to “Ships”

  1. ohiaforest3400:

    But was Dog the Bozo Hunter there with his pectoral sidekick? Oh, that’s right, they were canceled, they don’t exist anymore. One could only wish . . . .

  2. galekaminari:

    Typical Abercrombie Admin screw up.

  3. ohiaforest3400:

    Gale, I’m not sure why you call this a screwup.

    Kaneshiro opposed the legislation throughout and lost. I think it was gracious enuf to tell him when the bill signing would be so that he could come and tell the press — again — why he opposed the legislation. Normally, ceremonial signings are for the supporters to join in celebration of their achievement. To expect an express invitation to repeat his unsuccessful opposing arguments when everyone else there is present to celebrate the success of theirs seems a little pissy, at least. If Kaneshiro wanted to man up and continue the fight in that arena, he got notice of the event and should have stated his piece at the event, instead of complaining about the technical slight to his ego.

    Am I missing something?

  4. Goober:

    Ships? I don’t catch.
    Canoes would have been a better title.

    It seems the wording in both emails are different. Kaneshiro as a lawyer would say the wording could have meant something other than an invitation.

  5. galekaminari:

    Yes, Ohia, you missed that a notice was sent to him using the wrong email address.

  6. ohiaforest3400:

    Gale, I see what you mean now. I took “Koga indicated that Kaneshiro’s email is slightly different than the one on the invitation from the governor’s office” to mean the content of the email was different. I guess what Koga meant but didn’t say was that “Kaneshiro’s email ADDRESS is slightly different.” Goober appears to have taken it the same way as I and, besides, he clearly knew about it, even if the email “announcement” was not actually received.

  7. galekaminari:

    Ohia, most officials won’t crash an event they are not invited to participate in.

  8. ohiaforest3400:

    Tru day, Gale; I stay away even when I am invited! But, then, I am not an elected official, just have to deal with some of them.

  9. Goober:

    Talks like one.

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