Ex-Honolulu managing director told he’s target in US probe

HONOLULU — A legislative aide to a Honolulu city councilman is on paid administrative leave after receiving a letter from federal authorities informing him he’s a target in an investigation.

Roy Amemiya was managing director under former Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. He’s now a legislative aide working on special projects in the office of Councilman Calvin Say, who is chairman of the budget committee.

Lyle Hosoda, an attorney who represents Amemiya, said he received the letter on his client’s behalf last week. He declined further comment.

Amemiya is on paid administrative leave, Erika Engle, spokeswoman for the council, said Monday.

It’s not clear what Amemiya is being investigated for. Other city officials have received target letters in connection with a wide-ranging corruption investigation that sent now-retired police Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife Katherine Kealoha, a former deputy prosecutor, to prison for a scheme to frame a relative to hide fraud that funded the couple’s lavish lifestyle.

  1. RGLadder37 June 22, 2021 10:28 am Reply

    FBI? This is serious stuff. Did he collect money off the Rail Transit? When he knows he has no business with the project. How many years? Has he been swindling money from this scheme?

    Corruption in Honolulu.

  2. RGLadder37 June 22, 2021 10:45 am Reply

    I thought he was ousted. Calvin Say. They have this network that pays each other off. I thought the people voted him out. How’d he get in again?

    Paying someone to get to someone else is corrupt. They brought in Calvin Say again. Just so they can pay Roy. Any news on this in other writings?

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