Mayor of Honolulu

The Mayor of Honolulu is the chief executive officer of the City and County of Honolulu. An office established in 1900 and modified in 1907, the mayor of Honolulu is elected by universal suffrage of residents of Honolulu to no more than two four-year terms. The City and County of Honolulu's elected officials include the Mayor, the Prosecuting Attorney, and Councilmembers representing nine districts.[1]

Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu
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Rick Blangiardi

since January 2, 2021
Term length4 years
Maximum of 2 consecutive full terms[1]
Inaugural holderJoseph James Fern
WebsiteOffice of the Mayor

The mayor of Honolulu has full control over appointment and removal of administrators, is invested with absolute control over department heads, wields veto power over the Honolulu City Council and has substantial control over the budget, totaling in excess of US$1 billion.

Honolulu Hale and other officesEdit

The mayor of Honolulu conducts official business from Honolulu Hale, the historic city hall building of Honolulu constructed in 1928 in classical Spanish villa architectural styles. The building is located at the northeast corner of King and Punchbowl streets in the Hawaii Capital Historic District near downtown Honolulu. Other administrative officers under the mayor of Honolulu work from separate municipal buildings on the larger civic campus of which Honolulu Hale is a part.

Domestic policyEdit

From the courtyard of Honolulu Hale, the mayor of Honolulu is mandated by the City and County charters to make an annual State of the City address. In this speech, the mayor of Honolulu outlines the administrative and legislative agenda for the year. It is also a summation of the budget to be implemented compared to the budget of the previous year.

The mayor of Honolulu also organizes the major public services managed by the mayor’s office. He or she oversees dozens of departments, including: Honolulu Board of Water Supply, Honolulu Fire Department, Honolulu Police Department and the Oʻahu Civil Defense Agency. Unlike most United States mayors, the mayor of Honolulu does not oversee any schools, a jurisdiction of the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education.

Managing directorEdit

Assisting the mayor of Honolulu in overseeing these departments and other domestic policy issues is the Managing Director of Honolulu. His or her most important role is to serve as acting mayor in absence or resignation. The current Managing Director is Michael Formby.

Foreign policyEdit

Honolulu is often considered the "Geneva of the Pacific"[according to whom?] due to its commercial and trade, political and military, as well as academic influences over Asia and the Pacific Rim. Honolulu is the site of several international governmental and non-governmental organizations and summits, as well as the site of high-profile multinational military exercises called RIMPAC. RIMPAC is conducted by the Commander-in-Chief of the United States Pacific Command whose headquarters is in Honolulu’s Salt Lake subdivision.

The uniqueness of Honolulu’s significance to the global community has forced the mayor of Honolulu to assume a constant diplomatic role that goes beyond the foreign policy roles of almost all other United States mayors. The mayor of Honolulu serves as concurrent chairman of several multinational mayoral bodies and convenes special sessions of international summits regularly.[citation needed]

First Lady of HonoluluEdit

As a Hawaiian tradition, the wife of the mayor of Honolulu is honored with the ceremonial title of "First Lady of Honolulu." Honolulu is distinct in this tradition as most United States cities and towns reserve the title of "First Lady" to the wife of the state governor, the wife of the President of the United States or the wife of a visiting foreign head of government. Honolulu deemed it necessary to bestow the ceremonial title to reflect her role in relation to her husband’s extensive international responsibilities. The title is not codified in modern law but is an honorific.

List of mayors of HonoluluEdit

Portrait Mayor Term Party Notes
  Joseph James Fern 1909–1915 Democratic 1st tenure
  John Carey Lane 1915–1917 Republican
  Joseph James Fern 1917–1920 Democratic 2nd tenure
  John Henry Wilson 1920–1927 Democratic 1st tenure
  Charles Neil Arnold 1927–1929 Republican
  John Henry Wilson 1929–1931 Democratic 2nd tenure
  George Fredrerick Wright 1931–1938 Republican
  Charles Spencer Crane 1938–1941 Republican
  Lester Petrie 1941–1947 Democratic
  John Henry Wilson 1947–1955 Democratic 3rd tenure
  Neal Shaw Blaisdell 1955–1969 Republican
  Frank Francis Fasi 1969–1981 Democratic 1st tenure
  Eileen Anderson 1981–1985 Democratic
  Frank Francis Fasi 1985–1994 Republican 2nd tenure
  Jeremy Harris 1994–2005 Democratic
  Mufi Francis Hannemann 2005–2010 Democratic
  Peter Carlisle 2010–2013 Independent
  Kirk Caldwell 2013–2021 Democratic
  Rick Blangiardi 2021–present Independent

Notable candidates and acting mayorsEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Office of Elections - Elected Officials". Retrieved September 4, 2021.