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HONOLULU ZOO DIRECTOR RESIGNS

Mayor Caldwell launching nationwide search for replacement

 

Honolulu – Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced today that he has accepted the resignation of Honolulu Zoo director Manuel A. Mollinedo, effective March 1.

 

“I want to say mahalo to Manuel Mollinedo for his two years of service running one of our city’s premiere attractions, the Honolulu Zoo,” Mayor Caldwell said. “Manuel was able to get the zoo accredited by the national Association of Zoos and Aquariums and he led the renovations of the zoo entrance and the new elephant exhibit. Under his watch, the zoo collected a record amount in admission fees which helped the city reduce the cost to taxpayers.

 

“Our zoo is immensely popular with both local families and tourists. We all love taking our kids to see the animals, and watching the looks on their faces when they see these incredible creatures from all over the world. The zoo director is a highly skilled position so we are accepting applications from across the country to find a qualified replacement, but my preference would be to hire someone from Hawaii, so I urge anyone with the necessary experience to apply.”

 

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Jesse Broder Van Dyke

Communications Director

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell

Direct: (808) 768-6928

Cell: (808) 489-0341

jbrodervandyke@honolulu.gov