Hilo, Hawai‘i – The County confirmed today that Stanley Nakasone was exonerated after an internal investigation. The investigation was conducted after a May 13, 2011 article ran in the West Hawai‘i Today which alleged improprieties regarding the application of the drywell/culvert cleaning contract. The investigation revealed that there was no evidence of wrongdoing by any individual, including Mr. Nakasone.
The County is privileged to announce that after forty-four (44) years of service, Stanley Nakasone has decided to retire. He began his career as an entry level Laborer and rose to position of Highways Division Chief. Through his leadership and with the support of Mayors Kim and Kenoi, a County highway construction and resurfacing program was developed. One important goal was to help communities served by repaving abandoned plantation roads left in dangerous condition.
Mr. Nakasone’s leadership helped earn the County federal recognition and an award for the construction of the Waikoloa Village emergency by-pass road, which met an urgent need to allow Village residents to safely escape wildfires and other emergencies.
Mr. Nakasone and his crew started night-time resurfacing projects to minimize the impact on traffic and residents. The County used night-time repaving on Māmalahoa Highway from Captain Cook to Konawaena High School, and on Alani Road to the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway. Because of his direction, the Highways Division has constructed and repaved roads in every Council District in this County.
From Saddle Road, Mud Lane, Kawaihae Road, Puakō Road and Kaimū were resurfaced or constructed by the County Highways Division during Mr. Nakasone’s tenure. Mr. Nakasone and his crew have also become a critical member of the County Civil Defense team in times of emergencies and fires. Mr. Nakasone takes pride in the accomplishments of the people in the Highways Division over the years.
The County wishes to recognize Mr. Nakasone for his dedication and commitment to the people of our County and congratulate him on his retirement effective October 1, 2013, and thank him for the many years of service he has provided and wishes him the best of luck in the future.