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Ann Kobayashi

Ann Kobayashi represents District 5 on the Honolulu City Council. Kobayashi currently serves as chair of the Budget Committee. She was re-elected with 71 percent of the vote in the 2012 general election.

Kobayashi was born on April 10, 1937 and was raised in Honolulu. She graduated from Brown University and Northwestern University and returned to Hawaii after her studies.

Kobayashi served in the state Senate from 1981-1994.

District 5 consists of a portion of Kapahulu and Kaimuki; Palolo Valley, St. Louis Heights, Manoa, Moiliili, McCully, Kakaako, and a portion of Ala Moana and Makiki.

Kobayashi was a member of the Council from 2002 to 2008, when she ran for mayor and lost to Mufi Hannemann. After Duke Bainum died in office, Kobayashi won the special election to finish his term.

Councilwoman Wants To Stop Manoa Flooding Before It Returns Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Councilwoman Wants To Stop Manoa Flooding Before It Returns

Honolulu Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi hopes better cooperation among property owners will help alleviate a pricey problem.

Honolulu Council Members, Prosecutor Fend Off Challengers Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

Honolulu Council Members, Prosecutor Fend Off Challengers

Kobayashi, Manahan, Menor and Kaneshiro won re-election by wide margins.

City Council Votes To Impose Regulations On Uber, Lyft Drivers Courtney Teague/Civil Beat

City Council Votes To Impose Regulations On Uber, Lyft Drivers

They'd be treated more like taxi drivers under a bill that was approved after an emotional day of testimony in packed Council chambers.
From Leis To World Travel: The City Council’s Invisible Spending Cory Lum/Civil Beat

From Leis To World Travel: The City Council’s Invisible Spending

In addition to their allowances of $20,000 apiece, Honolulu City Council members can access a protocol fund controlled by Ernie Martin. It's not easy to find out how that money's spent.
Djou Gets Some Democratic Support In Campaign For Mayor Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Djou Gets Some Democratic Support In Campaign For Mayor

Ben Cayetano, Walter Heen and Ann Kobayashi want change at Honolulu Hale, even if their favored candidate is a Republican.
Council Pounds Out Budgets That Cap Rail Funds, Help Nonprofits Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Council Pounds Out Budgets That Cap Rail Funds, Help Nonprofits

Councilman Elefante needles Chairman Martin over a lack of transparency in how some legislative money is being spent.
Messy Draft Budget: Once Again, City Council, Mayor Don’t See Eye To Eye Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Messy Draft Budget: Once Again, City Council, Mayor Don’t See Eye To Eye

Housing, homelessness and sewer repair proposals were cut Wednesday, but council members say their spending plan is far from set.
Can Caldwell’s Relationship With The City Council Get Any Worse? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Can Caldwell’s Relationship With The City Council Get Any Worse?

A failure to communicate poisons the atmosphere at Honolulu Hale, and some say it hinders efforts to address homelessness and affordable housing.
The Mayor’s Money: Caldwell Expands Office Budget in Tight Times

The Mayor’s Money: Caldwell Expands Office Budget in Tight Times

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell wants to boost his budget by 70 percent, which is more than any other city department.
Ann Kobayashi Answers Honolulu Council Survey

Ann Kobayashi Answers Honolulu Council Survey

District 5 incumbent talks about major issues.
Honolulu Council District 5 Candidates on the Issues

Honolulu Council District 5 Candidates on the Issues

Kobayashi and challenger Hayes weigh in on rail and homelessness.
Kobayashi: Voters in 2008 Didn’t Approve Current Rail Project

Kobayashi: Voters in 2008 Didn’t Approve Current Rail Project

Councilwoman says rail project costs more and goes to fewer places than planned in 2008.

November 2016

Tuesday, November 29

Councilwoman Wants To Stop Manoa Flooding Before It Returns

Tuesday, November 8

Honolulu Council Members, Prosecutor Fend Off Challengers

August 2016

Wednesday, August 3

City Council Votes To Impose Regulations On Uber, Lyft Drivers

June 2016

Tuesday, June 21

From Leis To World Travel: The City Council’s Invisible Spending

Wednesday, June 15

Djou Gets Some Democratic Support In Campaign For Mayor

Wednesday, June 1

Council Pounds Out Budgets That Cap Rail Funds, Help Nonprofits

April 2016

Wednesday, April 20

Messy Draft Budget: Once Again, City Council, Mayor Don’t See Eye To Eye

March 2016

Wednesday, March 23

Can Caldwell’s Relationship With The City Council Get Any Worse?

March 2014

Wednesday, March 19

The Mayor’s Money: Caldwell Expands Office Budget in Tight Times

July 2012

Tuesday, July 3

Ann Kobayashi Answers Honolulu Council Survey

Honolulu Council District 5 Candidates on the Issues

June 2012

Saturday, June 2

Kobayashi: Voters in 2008 Didn’t Approve Current Rail Project

December 2011

Thursday, December 29

Honolulu Council May Try To Take Over Water Board

October 2011

Wednesday, October 19

Rail Operating Costs Worry Honolulu Council Members

Hawaii Officials Merrily Celebrate Rail in D.C.

May 2011

Friday, May 27

What You Won’t Learn From Honolulu Council Financial Disclosure Forms

April 2011

Thursday, April 7

Inside Honolulu: April 7

Tuesday, April 5

Honolulu City Council Divided Over Chairman’s Ethics

Saturday, April 2

Tea Party’s Berg Cheapest On Honolulu City Council

February 2011

Sunday, February 27

Inside Honolulu: Feb. 28

January 2011

Wednesday, January 26

Inside Honolulu: Jan. 26

December 2010

Thursday, December 2

Inside Honolulu: Dec. 2