Ann Kobayashi

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Ann Kobayashi is a member of the Honolulu City Council.

She has represented District 5 since 2009. It includes Kaimuki, Palolo Valley, St. Louis Heights, Manoa, Moiliili, McCully, and part of Ala Moana, Kakaako and Makiki.

Kobayashi is a former state legislator and twice was an unsuccessful candidate for Honolulu mayor.

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Ann Kobayashi is a member of the Honolulu City Council.

She has represented District 5 since 2009. It includes Kaimuki, Palolo Valley, St. Louis Heights, Manoa, Moiliili, McCully, and part of Ala Moana, Kakaako and Makiki.

Kobayashi is a former state legislator and unsuccessful candidate for Honolulu mayor.

Early Life

Ann Kobayashi was born April 10, 1937, in Honolulu.

She graduated from Roosevelt High School and attended Pembroke College in Brown University and Northwestern University.

Kobayashi, who is divorced, has three children.

According to a Honolulu Star-Advertiser profile in 2016, she served on a number of neighborhood boards, charities and other nonprofit groups.

She later worked for Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris and Gov. Ben Cayetano.

Kobayashi previously served as a Honolulu City Council member from 2002 to 2008. In 2009, she won a special election to replace the late Duke Bainum.

She is a former Republican who later became a Democrat. Honolulu county elective offices are nonpartisan.

Kobayashi’s current city priorities are helping low-income and senior populations. She has also been a consistent critic of the Honolulu rail project.

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