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.