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Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced that the City has begun a total revamping of its website (  A new home page went “live” on January 7 and the City’s dozens of other websites will be redesigned in the coming months.

The mayor said, “We’ve spent the past three years upgrading the City’s hardware and software infrastructure as a precursor to this latest development.  As I noted in my 2005 state-of-the-City address, the City may have been among the early leaders nationwide in adopting advancements in information technology to better serve the public.  But our Honolulu-dot-gov website was a patina masking major shortcomings in our information infrastructure.

“Our new Enterprise Resource Planning financial system went live on July 1, 2007, culminating one of our goals to improve the fiscal management of the City.  This new multi-million-dollar system was delivered on-time and on-budget.  We expect to reap its rewards over the next year with improved fiscal reporting and services.”

In December, the City also completed an 18-month project to replace its outdated mainframe systems with new state-of-the art technologies.  This upgrade was completed without any impact on the delivery of services and essentially no increase in the Department of Information Technology’s budget.

Gordon Bruce, Director of Information Technology, said, “The foundation has now been established to make significant improvements to the City’s website.  This first phase is just the beginning of an aggressive one-year effort to expand online access to government agencies and information, and improve the availability of more public services through the Internet.  I encourage people to subscribe to the ‘Stay Informed’ section at the bottom of the home page to receive regular updates of our progress.”

Last year, the Center for Digital Government’s “Survey of American Cities” named the City eighth in the major metro category (cities with populations greater than 300,000) for the quality and scope of its online services.

Said Bruce, “I can’t emphasize strongly enough how proud I am of the hard work and dedication of the various project teams involved in these initiatives over the past year.  The Department of Information Technology staff, and the various agencies that provided the day to day participation, ensured the success we have enjoyed thus far.”

City Artwork Online

In a related development, the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts has made the City’s art collection available for viewing online at under the Art in City Buildings Program.

The online database provides background information and images of works in the City’s 900-object art collection.  The collection includes monuments, murals, paintings, plaques, and sculptures.  The estimated value of the collection is $9 million.  Most of this artwork is on display at City facilities.

Mayor Hannemann said, “From the statue of Duke Kahanamoku in Waikiki to the bronze bust of Israel Kamakawiwoole in Waianae, the arts are an important part of our heritage, evoking a time and place and serving as symbols of Honolulu’s legacy.  We’re delighted to be able to make the City’s art collection more accessible to the public.”

Grant Kagimoto, chairman of the Commission on Culture and the Arts, said, “The online database is a wonderful tool that allows easy access for anyone interested in learning about a particular art piece or wishes to do research about our City’s art.  Perpetuating and making the arts accessible is important because the arts help define our history, culture, and sense of place.  Our stories are told and transcended through the arts.”

The Commission on Culture and the Arts, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2008, assists the City in preserving the artistic and cultural heritages of residents.  The commission recommends acquisitions for the Art in City Buildings program.  Honolulu was the first county in the state to create an organized body with such responsibilities.  The commission advised the City on acquiring the majority of artwork in the collection.

The Commission on Culture and the Arts’ anniversary will be celebrated with a number of community events during the year.  As part of the observance, an art market will be held on April 19 on the Frank F. Fasi Civic Center grounds.


Gordon Bruce, Information Technology, 768-7601

Tory Laitila, Office of Culture and the Arts, 523-4105

Bill Brennan, 527-6928
Thursday, January 24, 2008

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