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(Tues., July 20, 2010)—Mayor Mufi Hannemann today officially resigned from office as expected, to comply with a state law that precludes a sitting mayor from running for governor.


            Hannemann held his final Cabinet meeting and bid a fond aloha to the many employees who have worked so hard to ensure he leaves the City and County of Honolulu in better shape than he found it in 2005.


            “I was very privileged and honored to serve as the 12th mayor of our great city—the city I was born and raised in,” Hannemann said. “I’m very proud of the great work we have accomplished. Together, we have helped make Oahu a better place for everyone. Mahalo.”


            Over the past five and a half years, Hannemann’s administration launched the island’s rail transit project and saw its crucial environmental impact statement through to completion; created the city’s first-ever comprehensive sustainability plan; initiated major sewer repairs and upgrades across the island; repaved hundreds of miles of roads and repaired countless potholes; enabled further automation of government by overhauling the city’s computer operations and telecommunications network; restored numerous beach parks and implemented night closures to curb illegal activity; and successfully implemented an island-wide residential curbside recycling program.


            Upon Hannemann’s resignation, City Managing Director Kirk Caldwell became Acting Mayor, pending a special election in which voters will chose a mayor to serve the two remaining years of Hannemann’s term.


            Caldwell said he looks forward to working closely with the community and is fully prepared for the challenge of managing Hawaii’s largest city.




Media contact: Bill Brennan, Mayor’s Office, 768-6928