Honolulu Mayor

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The mayor of the City and County of Honolulu is elected every four years and can be elected to office for no more than two consecutive full terms. 

Anyone who is registered to vote on Oahu and over the age of 30 is eligible to run for mayor. 

As the chief executive officer of the city, the mayor has direct supervision over agencies listed in the Revised Charter of the City and County of Honolulu and other agencies he or she considers “desirable.” The mayor is also responsible for monitoring all administrative activities, making sure that they are honest, effective and lawfully conducted.

He or she may also appoint staff when funding has been made available by the City Council.

The mayor can also make temporary employee transfers between department or subdivisons of departments and recommend a pay plan for all employees within the Executive Branch to the City Council.

He or she may create or terminate executive branch positions and make monthly reports on these actions.

The mayor also has a duty to make annual and periodic reports for the public informing it of city policies, programs and operations, is allowed to veto City Council passed bills and has a voice, but no vote in the proceedings of boards created by the Charter or ordinances.

The City Council also provides a contingency fund for the mayor to be used for public purposes that the mayor considers proper.

Kirk Caldwell has been mayor since 2013

Past mayors:

Post Statehood

  • 2010 to 2013: Peter B. Carlisle 
  • 2004 to 2010: Mufi Hannemann 
  • 1994 to 2004: Jeremy J. Harris 
  • 1985 to 1994: Frank F. Fasi
  • 1981 to 1985: Eileen Anderson
  • 1969 to 1981: Frank F. Fasi 
  • 1955 to 1969: Neil S. Blaisdell

Territorial Hawaii

  • 1947 to 1955: John H. Wilson
  • 1941 to 1947: Lester Petrie
  • 1938 to 1941: Charles S. Crane
  • 1931 to 1938: George F. Wright
  • 1929 to 1931: John H. Wilson
  • 1927 to 1929: Charles N. Arnold
  • 1920 to 1927: John H. Wilson
  • 1917 to 1920: Joseph J. Fern
  • 1915 to 1917: John C. Lane
  • 1909 to 1915: Joseph J. Fern
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Caldwell Nominates Former TV Executive For Police Commission City and County of Honolulu

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$2.4 Billion Rail Rescue Plan Clears Another Senate Hurdle

UPDATED: The proposal to raise hotel taxes and extend the GET next faces another vote by the full Senate on Wednesday, then likely House consideration.

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5 Percent Pay Raises Recommended For Mayor And Top Officials

That would put Mayor Kirk Caldwell at $173,000 and the new police chief would receive $191,000.

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Budget Committee looks for spending cuts as Mayor Caldwell broaches possibility of raising property taxes for rail construction.

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It’s not anywhere as much as the city wanted, but the Finance Committee chair said it should be enough to finish construction.

Caldwell Appoints Marc Alexander To Lead Honolulu Housing Office Courtesy of the City & County of Honolulu

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The former vicar general for the Catholic Church left his last government job after revelations of an affair with a parishioner.

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VIDEO: 3 Civil Questions For The Mayoral Candidates — Episode 3

VIDEO: 3 Civil Questions For The Mayoral Candidates — Episode 3

In this episode, Mayor Kirk Caldwell and challenger Charles Djou address tourism, the high number of visitor deaths and whether Waikiki is at risk from flooding.

VIDEO: 3 Civil Questions For Caldwell and Djou — Episode 2

VIDEO: 3 Civil Questions For Caldwell and Djou — Episode 2

In this episode: what Honolulu is doing right, a model city, a new landfill.

Djou Says Caldwell Lied About Bank Compensation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Djou Says Caldwell Lied About Bank Compensation

But the mayor’s political advisers say the ethics complaint is just a campaign ploy.

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Honolulu Voters Don’t Love Rail, But They Still Want The Job Done

Supporters of building the train’s route all the way to Ala Moana Center far outnumber people who want to cut the rail line short.

Caldwell Up 7 Points Over Djou In Honolulu Mayor’s Race Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat

Caldwell Up 7 Points Over Djou In Honolulu Mayor’s Race

Trump is far behind Clinton among Oahu voters. That may hurt Republican Djou even though the mayor’s race is nonpartisan.