Honolulu City Councilwoman Kym Pine, who finished fourth in the primary race for mayor, is endorsing her former competitor Keith Amemiya.

In a video announcement, Pine said Amemiya is the only candidate in debates who “actually had a plan to move Hawaii forward.”

“His quiet, humble, smart yet strong leadership is what we need to solve the crisis at hand,” she said.

Honolulu Mayoral Candidate Kym Pine waves at passing motorists along Beretania Street near the Capitol.
Honolulu Mayoral Candidate Kym Pine got over 40,000 votes in the primary election. Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Amemiya, a former insurance executive and nonprofit leader, is facing off in the November general election with Rick Blangiardi, the former general manager of Hawaii News Now. Neither candidate has held elected office before.

Pine said her political career was based on fighting the status quo, and she believes Amemiya will ensure the voices of working class families are heard. Her support adds to a long list of endorsements for Amemiya, mostly from labor unions.

“Kymberly Pine is an independent, tenacious, forward-looking, next generation leader who has made a tremendous difference in our islands,” Amemiya said in a statement. “I am so humbled to have her support, and I look forward to learning more about her ideas and working with her to build a better future for Oahu.”

Former Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa, who finished in third place in the mayoral primary, announced her support of Blangiardi last month. Blangiardi is backed by the police union and the ILWU Oahu Division PAC, a political action committee that represents workers in the tourism, longshore, and agriculture industries.

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