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
- 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
- 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