Ikaika Anderson will be leaving his post as vice chair of the Honolulu City Council.

Council members are scheduled to vote next week on a resolution that would replace him with Councilman Joey Manahan from Kalihi.

“It’s been made apparent that members want a change, and I am a team player and I am absolutely OK with that,” Anderson said.

Honolulu City Council Vice Chair Ikaika Anderson1. 1 june 2016.
Honolulu City Council Vice Chair Ikaika Anderson will soon lose his title. Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Anderson wants Kymberly Pine to take his place.

“I would like to see someone who is strong and independent, and who is a veteran who has a wealth of experience and knowledge, and to me that is Kymberly Pine,” he said.

But it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. A resolution that would give Pine the job isn’t included on the agenda for Wednesday.

Instead, the Council will vote on Councilman Trevor Ozawa’s proposal to give Manahan the title.

Ozawa couldn’t be reached Thursday evening to explain his pick.

Privately, Council observers and insiders have noted fresh tensions between some members that may be fueled by disagreement over who Council members support in the mayoral election.

While Councilmen Ernie Martin and Ron Menor will keep their positions as chair and floor leader, it is also possible that committee chair positions could be in flux.

Anderson is chair of the zoning committee, which deals with land issues and plays a crucial role in determining what developments get approved.

But then, none of this is anything new at Honolulu Hale, where only nine people represent a city and county of nearly 1 million people. Anderson’s district includes Kailua, Kaneohe, Kahaluu and Waimanalo.

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