County Council candidate Addison Bulosan pleaded no contest on Tuesday in a case in which he was cited for violating Gov. David Ige’s stay-at-home orders in early April as the COVID-19 lockdown was in its first weeks.
Bulosan, who works as a chiropractor with offices on Kauai and Maui, was fined $250 and placed on six months’ probation. He was also assessed $105 in probation and crime victim fees by Fifth Circuit Court Judge Michael Soong.
Court records show that Bulosan on Tuesday changed an original not guilty plea to a plea of no contest.
The incident in question occurred on April 6, when officers of the state Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) cited Bulosan and a female companion after they were observed “acting suspiciously” in the vicinity of the Wailua Falls Lookout, according to a news release issued on April 8 by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.
Bulosan was among 34 people cited for violation of various state park rules, requirements to self-quarantine and various stay-at-home orders issued by Ige over a period of several days in early April as DOCARE officers sought to crack down on people failing to comply with COVID-related measures.
Bulosan pulled papers to run for County Council on May 20 and filed as a candidate on June 1, according to the state Office of Elections.
Attempts to reach Bulosan by email and phone were unsuccessful. According to court records, he was represented by attorney Shauna Cahill. The offense with which Bulosan was charged is a misdemeanor. Under the Kauai County Charter, the conviction would not apparently disqualify Bulosan from serving on the council.
Maintaining offices in two different counties, according to the charter, does not disqualify Bulosan from being elected on Kauai.