No decision made on Hawaii tourism chief


Hawaii Tourism Authority CEO Rex Johnson, who is under investigation for using his government email to send and receive sexually explicit material, will have to wait until later this week to learn whether he still has his $240,000 a year job.

The HTA board on Tuesday spent more than six hours in a closed-door meeting discussing Johnson's situation. The board also heard from supporters saying that he shouldn't be fired.

Board Chairman Kelvin Bloom declined comment on Johnson's status when the meeting ended. Bloom did say the matter "is still under consideration" and likely will be resolved "fully within days."

Johnson has publicly apologized and said, "I made a real stupid misjudgment."

Johnson spoke to the board in the closed-door meeting but neither Bloom nor Johnson would say what was said. Johnson's supporters include former Bank of Hawaii executive and former HTA member Larry Johnson.

A majority of letters written to the HTA board supported Johnson.

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