Rick Blangiardi was sworn in Saturday as Honolulu’s 15th mayor, taking over the reins at city hall as Oahu grapples with the coronavirus pandemic and economic crises.
“This is not going to be an easy road. This is going to be a lot of work,” Blangiardi said in remarks to his Cabinet members after taking the oath of office. “We’ve made no small plans and we know the challenges ahead of us will be as great as anyone has ever faced. I look forward to what we’re going to create.”
The swearing-in ceremony, closed to the public, kicked off just before 1:30 p.m. in Honolulu Hale’s courtyard. Attendees wore masks and speakers addressed the socially distanced audience behind plexiglass. Blangiardi replaces Kirk Caldwell, whose term ended at noon.
Blangiardi’s Cabinet was also sworn in Saturday along with five new and four returning City Council members. Newly elected to the council: Andria Tupola, Esther Kiaaina, Calvin Say, Radiant Cordero and Augie Tulba.
“We’re ready to go,” Tupola said. “We’re so excited to work with the new administration.”
Before the City Council inauguration at Honolulu Hale, Blangiardi briefly addressed the group, saying he was looking forward to working with them to tackle challenges facing Oahu.
“We go into office at a time when I don’t think the responsibilities could be even greater than they are, the challenges any steeper than they are,” Blangiardi told the council. “I really am honored to be here.”