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Kirk Caldwell

Hawaii Counties Ask Court To Block School Property Tax Measure Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Counties Ask Court To Block School Property Tax Measure

All the state’s counties oppose the proposed constitutional amendment, arguing it would siphon dollars from their tax base.

Caldwell’s Short-Term Rental Plan Holds Real Promise

Caldwell’s Short-Term Rental Plan Holds Real Promise

The proposal could take unhosted vacation units off the market and allow homeowners to operate bed-and-breakfasts.

Mayor Proposes Sweeping Changes In Vacation Rental Rules Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Mayor Proposes Sweeping Changes In Vacation Rental Rules

The bill would make it easier for residents to rent out part of their homes but limit the number of properties listed by absentee owners.

Mayor’s Islandwide Crackdown On The Homeless Rolled Out For Council Courtney Teague/Civil Beat

Mayor’s Islandwide Crackdown On The Homeless Rolled Out For Council

Two measures from Kirk Caldwell targeting homeless people in public places receive initial approval.

The Struggle For Power In Honolulu Is Coming To A Head Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

The Struggle For Power In Honolulu Is Coming To A Head

New taxes and other fees. More money for rail. Even monster houses. The fate of contentious city issues hinges on who’s elected.

Honolulu’s Share Of The Bill For Rail Just Got $54 Million Bigger Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu’s Share Of The Bill For Rail Just Got $54 Million Bigger

At a budget preview Friday, Mayor Kirk Caldwell acknowledged the city will have to cover more of the project’s cost.

Mayor’s Affordable Housing Mandate Loses Ground Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Mayor’s Affordable Housing Mandate Loses Ground

A City Council committee agrees to incentives for developers, but hesitates to impose requirements to build affordable units.
Caldwell Nominates Former TV Executive For Police Commission City and County of Honolulu

Caldwell Nominates Former TV Executive For Police Commission

Dick Grimm, who worked at three local stations, would be the mayor’s sixth appointment to the seven-member board.

Honolulu’s Potholes Are Costing Drivers — And Taxpayers — Millions PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Honolulu’s Potholes Are Costing Drivers — And Taxpayers — Millions

A 2016 study found the city had the 11th-worst roads among large urban areas, and residents pay more than the national average for related car repairs.


Neal Milner: Trump, Caldwell And Ige Took Different Paths To Unpopularity Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Trump, Caldwell And Ige Took Different Paths To Unpopularity

The president, the mayor and the governor have divergent stories, but they’ve ended up in the same political place: the dumps.

Mayor Caldwell Sells $72,000 Of Territorial Bank Stock

Mayor Caldwell Sells $72,000 Of Territorial Bank Stock

Honolulu’s mayor also serves as a board director for the parent company of the Honolulu-based bank.

Civil Beat Poll: Caldwell Is As Unpopular As Trump In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Beat Poll: Caldwell Is As Unpopular As Trump In Hawaii

The Honolulu mayor has a dismal approval rating, and the city’s $10 billion rail project is probably to blame.

August 2018

Wednesday, August 29

Hawaii Counties Ask Court To Block School Property Tax Measure

Caldwell’s Short-Term Rental Plan Holds Real Promise

July 2018

Thursday, July 26

Mayor Proposes Sweeping Changes In Vacation Rental Rules

Wednesday, July 11

Mayor’s Islandwide Crackdown On The Homeless Rolled Out For Council

Monday, July 2

The Struggle For Power In Honolulu Is Coming To A Head

March 2018

Friday, March 2

Honolulu’s Share Of The Bill For Rail Just Got $54 Million Bigger

January 2018

Friday, January 19

Mayor’s Affordable Housing Mandate Loses Ground

November 2017

Thursday, November 16

Caldwell Nominates Former TV Executive For Police Commission

July 2017

Tuesday, July 25

Honolulu’s Potholes Are Costing Drivers — And Taxpayers — Millions

Thursday, July 20

Neal Milner: Trump, Caldwell And Ige Took Different Paths To Unpopularity

June 2017

Wednesday, June 14

Mayor Caldwell Sells $72,000 Of Territorial Bank Stock

Thursday, June 1

Civil Beat Poll: Caldwell Is As Unpopular As Trump In Hawaii

May 2017

Tuesday, May 30

HART Takes Its Train Out For A Test Drive Along The Rail Guideway

Monday, May 22

5 Percent Pay Raises Recommended For Mayor And Top Officials

Monday, May 8

Honolulu Rail: Caldwell’s Lack Of Leadership Is A Continuing Problem

January 2017

Monday, January 23

Lawmakers Demand Answers To Honolulu Rail’s Ballooning Costs

Tuesday, January 10

City Council Members ‘Leery’ Of HPD Chief’s Retirement Deal

Monday, January 9

Is HPD Chief’s Departure Just The Beginning Of An ‘Ugly’ Mess?

December 2016

Tuesday, December 13

Caldwell Outspent Djou Nearly 4-To-1 In Honolulu Mayor’s Race

November 2016

Monday, November 14

Reader Rep: Was It Fair To Turn Kirk Caldwell Into A Cardboard Cutout?

Tuesday, November 8

Mayor Kirk Caldwell Re-Elected Over Charles Djou

Friday, November 4

3 Civil Questions For Kirk Caldwell And Charles Djou — Episode 4

Wednesday, November 2

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

Tuesday, November 1

VIDEO: 3 Civil Questions For Kirk Caldwell And Charles Djou

October 2016

Monday, October 31

Caldwell Camp Rejects Djou Debate Scheme As ‘Campaign Stunt’

Thursday, October 27

Caldwell Campaign: We May Have Been Duped With Newspaper Ad

Tuesday, October 25

TV Spots — And One Big Print Ad — Spice Up Mayor’s Race

Friday, October 21

Djou Says Caldwell Lied About Bank Compensation

Thursday, October 20

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

Wednesday, October 19

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

Friday, October 14

Both Mayoral Candidates Ask: Better Off Than 4 Years Ago?

Wednesday, October 12

Djou, Caldwell Make Pitches To Native Hawaiian Audience

Monday, October 3

Caldwell Aide Works Campaign For Free But Gets City Contracts

Saturday, October 1

Honolulu Mayoral Candidates Vie For Coveted Kupuna Vote

September 2016

Thursday, September 29

9/11 Becomes Boiling Point In Honolulu Mayoral Debate

Wednesday, September 28

Djou To Skip PBS Honolulu Mayoral Debate With Caldwell

Some See Danger As Honolulu’s Yellow Streetlights Turn White

Monday, September 26

Honolulu Misuses Hanauma Bay Funds, Nonprofit Group Claims

Why Is Ron Taketa Still On The Honolulu Police Commission?

Monday, September 5

Djou Rakes In Campaign Cash, Caldwell Spends Heavily

August 2016

Saturday, August 13

Caldwell, Djou Headed For Runoff In Honolulu Mayor’s Race

Wednesday, August 10

How Will Honolulu’s Next Mayor Pay To Finish The Rail Project?

Monday, August 8

Caldwell Touts Democratic Support

How Ethics Commission Upheaval Is Playing Out In The Mayor’s Race

Some New Ads In The Mayor’s Race Stretch The Truth

Friday, August 5

With 60 Percent Approval, Obama Still Feeling The Aloha

Thursday, August 4

How Kirk Caldwell Blew Through $500K In Just 29 Days

Wednesday, August 3

Djou Holds A 9-Point Lead Over Caldwell In Mayor’s Race

Caldwell’s Inaction On Police Reform Draws Political Attacks

Tuesday, August 2

Ad Watch: Carlisle Says You Can Trust Him To Build Rail Right

Monday, August 1

Djou, Caldwell Lob Ethics Charges

July 2016

Tuesday, July 26

As Caldwell And Djou Sharpen Attacks, Carlisle Goes For Laughs

Friday, July 22

Caldwell Ad ‘Fact-Checks’ Djou on Rail, Homelessness

Thursday, July 14

Djou Raises Nearly $260,000 In First Weeks Of Mayoral Campaign

In Honolulu Mayoral Forum, It’s All About The Rail Project

Djou’s First TV Ad Attacks Mayor Caldwell As Untrustworthy

Sunday, July 10

Mayoral Candidates Raising Cash

Thursday, July 7

Honolulu Mayoral Candidates Trade Barbs Over Canceled Debate

Wednesday, July 6

Honolulu Mayor’s Six-Figure Compensation From Bank Draws Fire

June 2016

Tuesday, June 28

In Latest Campaign Spot, Caldwell Accentuates The Positive

Monday, June 27

5 Labor Groups Backing Djou

Friday, June 24

One More Fundraiser For Caldwell

Thursday, June 16

Djou Challenges Mayor To Call For Return of Honolulu Ethics Director

Hopelessly Over-Budget, Rail Should Stop At Middle Street, Mayor Says

Wednesday, June 15

Honolulu Ethics Director Quits Over Direction Commission Is Headed

Djou Gets Some Democratic Support In Campaign For Mayor

Monday, June 13

How Caldwell Has Undermined The Honolulu Ethics Commission

Monday, June 6

Carlisle To Run For Honolulu Mayor; Martin Opts Out

Friday, June 3

Caldwell Nominates ‘Breath Of Fresh Air’ For Honolulu Police Commission

Two More Unions Supporting Caldwell

May 2016

Sunday, May 29

Bernie’s Backers Prevail At Democratic State Convention

Saturday, May 28

David Ige On Hawaii Democrats: ‘We Embrace Diversity’

Wednesday, May 25

No Martin Mayoral Decision Yet

Thursday, May 19

Totto Tells Ethics Commission To Scrap ‘Silly’ Time Sheet Rules

Wednesday, May 18

Two More Unions Back Caldwell

Friday, May 13

Carlisle Wants To Be Mayor Of Honolulu, Again

Friday, May 6

Caldwell Gets Ethics Complaints

Peter Savio For Honolulu Mayor?

Wednesday, May 4

Caldwell: ‘I Want To Keep This Job’

April 2016

Thursday, April 21

Hanabusa Takes Over As Chairwoman Of Honolulu Rail Board

Wednesday, April 20

Caldwell Taps Insurance Exec For HART

Tuesday, April 19

Martin Pulls Papers For Mayoral Bid

Saturday, April 16

Caldwell Opens Campaign Headquarters

Monday, April 11

HART Board Chairman Resigns Amid Questions About Rail Cost Overruns

‘A Bum Job:’ Trust In Honolulu’s Police Commission Crumbles

March 2016

Wednesday, March 23

Can Caldwell’s Relationship With The City Council Get Any Worse?

Tuesday, March 22

More Fundraising For Kirk Caldwell

What’s Happened To Mayor’s ‘Bold’ Affordable Housing Plan?

Wednesday, March 16

Council Overrides Mayor’s Veto Of Recycling Subsidy

Thursday, March 10

Another Ernie Martin Fundraiser

February 2016

Wednesday, February 24

My Mayor, My Boss: Employees Contribute To Caldwell Campaign

Monday, February 1

Caldwell Signs Honolulu Rail Tax Extension

December 2015

Wednesday, December 16

Caldwell: Honolulu On Right Track In Tackling Homelessness

November 2015

Monday, November 16

Caldwell: Honolulu Would Be ‘Lolo’ To Imperil Its Federal Funds for Rail

October 2015

Monday, October 12

Kirk Caldwell’s Many ‘Tokens of Aloha’ Came From Influential Parties

August 2015

Thursday, August 27

Caldwell: Honolulu to Resume ‘Phased Enforcement’ at Kakaako Encampment

June 2015

Tuesday, June 30

Honolulu Ethics Commission Needs to Scrap Its New Anti-Media Policy

April 2015

Thursday, April 9

Hawaii Charge Card Scandal Prompts Honolulu to Release Info on Its Cards

March 2015

Tuesday, March 31

Curt Sanburn: Kirk Caldwell’s Designs on the Blaisdell Center

February 2015

Tuesday, February 24

Caldwell Vows Not to Run From Rail, Homeless Problems

Monday, February 2

Large Rail Contractors Dump $1.3 Million into Local Campaign Coffers

November 2014

Thursday, November 6

Potential Contamination at Proposed Homeless Camp to be Studied

September 2014

Thursday, September 11

The City Reaches Out to Locals About Sand Island Homeless Camp

Wednesday, September 10

Hawaii Candidates Need to Sign the ‘People’s Pledge’

August 2014

Monday, August 18

Cashing In: Caldwell Stocking Up For A Showdown

July 2014

Thursday, July 24

Honolulu Mayor’s ‘Compassionate Disruption’ Campaign Disrupted

March 2014

Wednesday, March 19

The Mayor’s Money: Caldwell Expands Office Budget in Tight Times

February 2014

Wednesday, February 19

Hele On: Courts Rule in Favor of Honolulu Rail

January 2014

Tuesday, January 7

Last-Ditch Effort: Honolulu Offers Cash to Save $142M Housing Deal

A New Era in Ethics in Honolulu? Time Will Tell

December 2013

Thursday, December 12

Did Honolulu’s $142M Housing Deal Collapse?

Tuesday, December 10

Caldwell Fears For Honolulu Homeless If City Housing Deal Collapses

Thursday, December 5

Will The Honolulu Ethics Commission Have To Subpoena The Mayor’s Cabinet?

Wednesday, December 4

Who Knows Better? Honolulu Ethics Commission Or Caldwell’s Attorneys?

October 2013

Saturday, October 19

Ethics Probe into Honolulu Mayor Sparks Talk of Reform

Thursday, October 10

Honolulu Charities Fight For Taxpayer Dollars in Heated Political Debate

Wednesday, October 9

Tunnel Vision? Not When It Comes to Honolulu’s High Stakes Rail Project

August 2013

Thursday, August 22

Who’s Really to Blame for Honolulu’s Budget Woes?

Tuesday, August 20

Who’s the New Guy Running Things at Honolulu Hale?

July 2013

Thursday, July 11

Honolulu Police Contract’s $200 Million Increase Could Spur Tax Hikes

June 2013

Friday, June 21

Caldwell: Brace for Cuts in Honolulu City Services

Friday, June 7

Kickback? Letter Shows ORI Head Sought $90k Donation From Contractor

Wednesday, June 5

ORI Mismanagement May Throw A Last-Minute Wrench In City Budget

Tuesday, June 4

HUD Nails City For $8 Million In ORI Mismanagement Fiasco

Saturday, June 1

Should The City Earmark Millions For Favored Nonprofit Groups?

May 2013

Thursday, May 30

Honolulu Mayor Blasts City Council For ‘Out Of Control’ Earmarks

Friday, May 24

Should Honolulu Council Restore TheBus Or Spend More Money On Charities?

Wednesday, May 22

Honolulu City Council Denies Mayor’s Repeated Requests To Raise Taxes

Tuesday, May 14

Honolulu’s Thomas Square Upgrade Steeped In Controversy

Saturday, May 11

Where’s The Pork? Honolulu City Council Dishes Out The Earmarks

Friday, May 10

A ‘Desperate’ Search For More Money Inside The Walls Of Honolulu Hale

Housing Honolulu’s Homeless Won’t Come Cheap Under New Plan

Wednesday, May 8

Change Of Heart: Mayor’s Office Releases Names Of Executive Staff

Honolulu City Council Pushes Back Against Mayor’s Proposed Budget

Wednesday, May 1

Abercrombie Teams With Caldwell To Tear Down Waikiki Natatorium

April 2013

Tuesday, April 30

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s Staff Comes With A High Price Tag

Thursday, April 4

Can Kirk Caldwell Succeed Where Others Have Failed With Honolulu Homeless?

February 2013

Tuesday, February 5

Can Caldwell’s Cabinet Catch Up in Time for Budget Deadline?

December 2012

Saturday, December 29

No Honeymoon for Mayor Caldwell: Critical Infrastructure Issues Ahead

October 2012

Monday, October 29

Civil Beat Poll – Cayetano Peaks, Caldwell Surges

Monday, October 1

Civil Beat Poll – Unwavering Rail Opposition Gives Cayetano Lead

September 2012

Friday, September 28

Cayetano’s Transit Plan: Back to the Future

Tuesday, September 25

Caldwell Against Gov’s Natatorium Plan, Cayetano Wants More Info

Saturday, September 8

Ben and Kirk Talk Journalism And, Of Course, Politics

July 2012

Wednesday, July 18

State Health Department Might Quash Honolulu’s Fire-EMS Merger

Tuesday, July 17

Attack Ads Push Campaign Cash Into Spotlight In Honolulu Mayor’s Race

Pro-Rail Money Follows Caldwell, Carlisle Lags

Thursday, July 12

Caldwell: Honolulu Has 43 Fire Stations, 25 EMS Stations

June 2012

Friday, June 29

Politics Puts Fire-EMS Merge On Front Burner

Tuesday, June 26

Kirk Caldwell Answers Honolulu Mayor Survey

Honolulu Mayor Hopefuls Differ on Big Issues

Monday, June 11

Civil Beat Poll – Cayetano’s Grip On Honolulu Mayor’s Race Is Slipping

Saturday, June 9

Caldwell: We Left Carlisle a ‘Huge’ Budget Surplus

May 2012

Thursday, May 24

Mayoral Hopefuls Sharpen Attacks in First TV Debate

Wednesday, May 23

Moderate Caldwell Says ‘Build Rail Better’

Thursday, May 3

Caldwell: Carlisle Raised Property Tax Rates

Playing To Type In First Honolulu Mayoral Debate

April 2012

Saturday, April 21

Caldwell: Growing Local Costs More

Thursday, April 12

Inouye: The Only Thing That Will Stop Rail is World War III

March 2012

Thursday, March 22

Kirk Caldwell, Friend of the Working Man

Thursday, March 1

Civil Beat Poll – Cayetano Tops 50% In Honolulu Mayor’s Race

February 2012

Friday, February 24

End Politics As Usual, Then Cross the Street

Thursday, February 16

Caldwell: With More Time, I’ll Win Mayor’s Race

January 2012

Tuesday, January 31

Modest Fundraising Opens Door In Mayor’s Race

Thursday, January 12

Caldwell’s First Promise: Soap In Bus Stop Bathroom

November 2011

Thursday, November 3

Caldwell Raising Money For Carlisle Rematch

August 2011

Tuesday, August 2

Carlisle Holds Huge Financial Edge Over Mayoral Opponents

April 2011

Tuesday, April 26

Inside Honolulu: April 26

September 2010

Monday, September 20

Analysis: Negative Hannemann Ads Hurt Caldwell’s Mayoral Bid

Sunday, September 19

Rejected: Honolulu Hale’s Leaders

Friday, September 17

Why I Would Make the Best Mayor – Panos Prevedouros

Honolulu Opts for Prosecutor to Run City

Thursday, September 16

Financial Momentum = Kirk Caldwell

Wednesday, September 15

Day and Night: 12 Hours, Two Very Different Debates

Why I Would Make the Best Mayor – Kirk Caldwell

Saturday, September 11

Civil Beat Poll: Carlisle Has Edge in Mayoral Race

Friday, September 10

2010 Mayoral Open Mic on News Radio 830 KHVH

Thursday, September 9

Caldwell Leads Pack in Fundraising, Spending

Wednesday, September 8

Caldwell: Carlisle’s Spending as Prosecutor “Out of Control”

Tuesday, September 7

Do You Want This Man to Be Mayor? Kirk Caldwell

Friday, September 3

Caldwell: Honolulu to Collect $300 Million on Interest for Rail

10 Questions for the Mayoral Candidates

August 2010

Thursday, August 26

Caldwell: I Jump-started The Rail Debate

Wednesday, August 25

Carlisle: Commute From Kapolei Takes Three Hours

Friday, August 20

Sunday in Moiliili With Dan

Thursday, August 19

Caldwell: Hawaii Constitution Bans Nuclear Power

Tuesday, August 17

Prevedouros: City Spending $3 Million to Demolish Zoo Kiosk

Monday, August 16

Native Hawaiian Issues Surface in Mayoral Race

Wednesday, August 11

Caldwell: Honolulu Will Spend $150 Million Paving Roads This Year

Caldwell: Property Taxes and Fees Are Tapped Out

July 2010

Friday, July 30

Djou and Caldwell Latest To Undergo Fact Checks

Caldwell: City Government Smaller Under His Leadership

Donovan Dela Cruz Drops Out of Mayoral Race

Tuesday, July 20

Date Could be a Factor in Mayoral Election Outcome

Saturday, July 10

Mayor’s Race: Five Men, One Job

Thursday, July 8

Rail Likely to Drive Another Mayoral Election

Discussion: Honolulu Mayoral Election 2010

Kirk Caldwell