After the spotlight on Hawai’i County mayor Billy Kenoi’s use of the so-called pCard for personal expenses, KHON2 investigative reporters have cast the light on the state’s other three counties. Now it looks like an abuse may have taken place here on Maui.
KHON2’s Always Investigating has uncovered another major case of taxpayer money misspent on government credit cards, this time on Maui.
We started digging into spending on government credit cards, called pCards, after the revelation that Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi had rung up excessive personal expenses on his county pCard. He’s now under criminal investigation.
But now, on Maui, a longtime government worker is suspected in connection with tens of thousands of dollars spent on a kitchen that wasn’t okayed by the county.
Most workplaces have a break room, usually nothing fancy. The one at the Maui mayor’s office is basic with a coffee pot and toaster oven.
So if that’s the kitchenette the mayor and his whole office use, why would the Wailuku Public Works Baseyard down the street need the strappings of a commercial kitchen that rivals a restaurant?
That’s what sources say is locked up inside one of the baseyard buildings, all paid for — tens of thousands of dollars — on the district supervisor’s county credit card or pCard.
“Even for us, right now it’s off-limits,” one Public Works staffer told Always Investigating when we visited the Maui site.