Hawaii keeps Rex Johnson as tourism chief

The Hawaii Tourism Authority board has agreed to retain Rex Johnson as president and CEO, despite his use of a state computer to send and receive adult-oriented e-mail, according to published reports.

In addition, the board reduced his four-year contract to a single year and cut his salary by $40,000 to $200,000. Johnson has led the HTA since 2002.

The move came nearly two weeks after a closed-door meeting Aug. 12 by the board to discuss Johnson's fate.

"The HTA board of directors has carefully and thoroughly reviewed the matter. We are pleased to have resolved this issue and Rex has the board's full support going forward," said HTA Board Chairman Kelvin Bloom in a statement Thursday.

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