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Caldwell takes oath of office as Honolulu mayor

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:17 p.m. HST, Jan 02, 2013

Mayor Kirk Caldwell was sworn-in today as the 14th mayor of the city and county in a joint ceremony with newly elected members of the City Council.

Officials said it was the first joint swearing-in of the mayor and Council members, an event both Caldwell and Council Chairman Ernie Martin said was symbolic of the will to work together in the spirit of compromise.

Caldwell received the oath of office from state Supreme Court Justice Sabrina McKenna.

Council members receiving the oath of office today from state Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald included new Council members Ron Menor and Kymberly Pine, and re-elected Council members Ikaika Anderson and Ann Kobayashi. Councilman Joey Manahan, who was elected in August and appointed to fill the term vacated in October by new House Rep. Romy Cachola, also took the oath.

Those in attendance included Gov. Neil Abercrombie, House Speaker Calvin Say, Senate President Donna Mercado Kim, former Gov. John Waihee and various other members of the state Legislature.

Caldwell defeated former Gov. Ben Cayetano in the November general election by a 54 to 46 percent margin.

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false wrote:
A new era begins with Kirk PRP Caldwell, Ron Contact Menor and Kim Tea Pine. Congrats to all!
on January 2,2013 | 10:11AM
OldDiver wrote:
And the old era of the Ben Half Truth Cayetano ends.
on January 2,2013 | 10:46AM
Wazdat wrote:
Ben has NOT been in elected office for over 10 years.
on January 2,2013 | 01:02PM
localguy wrote:
Shows you how out of touch OldDiver really is. Then again, his logon ID says it all. Must have ran on a very lean mix during all those dives, now paying the price.
on January 2,2013 | 01:48PM
wondermn1 wrote:
Prepare to open your wallets as the fox will be gaurding the henhouse from here on out. God Bless America and God Bless Hawaii. All of Hawaii is going to need a good "Bong" after they do RAIL right!!!!
on January 2,2013 | 11:51PM
aomohoa wrote:
Give it a rest Old Diver!
on January 2,2013 | 07:39PM
loquaciousone wrote:
You forgot Nestor the Rat.
on January 2,2013 | 11:16AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Has anyone received PRP's list of expected contracts yet?
on January 2,2013 | 11:50AM
localguy wrote:
Maneki_Neko - Word is Kirky Boy just gave them a box of checks he has already signed. All they do is enter the amount the want and tax payers get stuck with the bill. Let's see if Kirky can keep a balanced budget without giving away the farm to PRP. Hang on to your wallets.
on January 2,2013 | 01:50PM
BluesBreaker wrote:
PRP doesn't get any city contracts. Contracts are awarded to contractors, not the Carpenters Union. PRP has members who are contractors, but that groups includes virtually all major construction companies in Hawaii.
on January 2,2013 | 03:15PM
OldDiver wrote:
Another dagger in Maneki_Neko's nonsense.
on January 2,2013 | 04:13PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
The PRP paid good money for him so I just want to know when and in what form the bill is coming due. We all know that $4 million was not free money. Or are you guys still wearing those Polyanna pants?
on January 2,2013 | 06:12PM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
All roads lead to Bankruptcy!
on January 2,2013 | 12:13PM
Wazdat wrote:
PLease PAVE the ROADS first
on January 2,2013 | 01:02PM
false wrote:
Yeah. Everywhere for heaven sake. But lets not hold our breath.
on January 2,2013 | 01:12PM
Robynne wrote:
on January 2,2013 | 02:16PM
Wazdat wrote:
Its pretty much the WHOLE ISLAND
on January 2,2013 | 04:09PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
No money...rail gets priority first
on January 2,2013 | 08:38PM
Fred01 wrote:
Those who voted for this clown are deserving of nothing short of deportation.
on January 2,2013 | 06:59PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
So many poor losers. That's those that voted for cayetaNO.
on January 2,2013 | 07:04PM
aomohoa wrote:
For you it's not about what is best it's about winning!
on January 2,2013 | 07:40PM
tobyclairmont wrote:
Good stuff!
on January 2,2013 | 10:12AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Caldwell defeated former Gov. Ben Cayetano in the November general election by a 5 to 46 percent margin.

Huh? Great accuracy from the SA.

on January 2,2013 | 10:14AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Typists get paid minimum.
on January 2,2013 | 05:28PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Besides it is like almost who cares, right? No competition from another daily paper means that The HSA will get their pound of fish and a lot more, even though a mistake here and there shows up. The biggest one of all i seen recently was the operation on Inouye's long, instead of lung.
on January 2,2013 | 05:30PM
allie wrote:
best of luck. Please restore basic services!
on January 2,2013 | 11:23AM
HLOEWEN wrote:
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on January 2,2013 | 11:35AM
Hodad wrote:
And trust me, we don't miss you.
on January 2,2013 | 12:13PM
Wazdat wrote:
AGREE. The roads are in TERRIBLE shape, WORSE than some 3rd world countries.....SAD
on January 2,2013 | 01:03PM
localguy wrote:
Union workers repsurfaced a section of Hui Kelu street in Kaneohe in three strips. First one started falling apart in one year, you could tell it was a typical bad asphalt mix. Check out the Kam IV road in front of the public housing area in Kalihi, all the way to school street. Repaved a few years ago, now filling up with new pot holes. Yet you visit Japan and you do not see any pot holes, alligator asphalt, cracks, no real road damage. I guess Asian values of pride in your work never translated to the Nei.
on January 2,2013 | 01:53PM
awahana wrote:
Yes, California, Japan, Vancouver, so many places with better infrastructure and civil managment than Hawaii.
Cmon. You cannot compare a hick island with a modern industrial powerhouse (although they have fallen to #3 now) like Japan. Sadly Hawaii will forevermore be like Guam, FSM, and all other pacific islands.
Just wait until the pipes under the roads (sewer, water) go bad in the next few years...
on January 2,2013 | 03:01PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Started already, u see the tie-ups in Downtown on King Street in Chinatown? Why does the Board of Water Supply not work at night? See the example of the State on their freeways. Got Police for protection, and Police are there anyways during the day, so why not have the Police work at night?
on January 2,2013 | 05:27PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
I thought the losers went off the cliff already?
on January 2,2013 | 07:06PM
Jsato wrote:
on January 2,2013 | 11:52AM
pakeheat wrote:
Congrats to Kirk Caldwell, please don't raise taxes, okay?
on January 2,2013 | 12:08PM
2_centz wrote:
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on January 2,2013 | 12:19PM
false wrote:
I like that one!
on January 2,2013 | 01:16PM
64hoo wrote:
i rather see them raise taxes on everybody 10 cents to 20 cents to make the money instead of raising hundreds of dollors per tax payer by raising property tax,sewer tax and car registrations. thats what they raise all the time and then turn around and say we did not raise taxes on hawaiis middle income people ha ha ha makes me laugh when they say that.
on January 2,2013 | 06:36PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Let's see how fast the roads get fixed.
on January 2,2013 | 12:23PM
Wazdat wrote:
on January 2,2013 | 01:03PM
Kapuna wrote:
Ha, Ha, kirk will raid the road fund, the bus fund, adn every single city service to feed the rail monster.
on January 2,2013 | 11:40PM
Kapuna wrote:
Why not Kirk does not pay any taxes but it fun to make everyone pay more.
on January 2,2013 | 11:39PM
Kuniarr wrote:
The question is - Will Caldwell show his true colors by letting Rail continue to use ALL the 5307 FTA funding for the Bus system? All the 5307 FTA fund the City received was used by the Bus system before Rail construction began. But then when Rail construction began, all the 5307 FTA fund was redirected to Rail construction.

on January 2,2013 | 12:41PM
BluesBreaker wrote:
Rail hasn't used any Section 5307 funds. Currently, they all go to TheBus, although they could be used by rail, if HART wanted to use them. However, Dan Grabauskas stated that Section 5307 funds will not be used for construction of the rail project. Please note, Section 5307 funds are public transit funds, not bus funds. They are determined by a formula, which includes the number of transit riders, among other things. The amount of 5307 funds going to the City will increase because of the rail project, since ridership of public transit will increase when rail begins operating. When that happens, Section 5307 funds will be divided between TheBus and rail, but the amount of funding will be greater, thanks to rail.
on January 2,2013 | 03:26PM
OldDiver wrote:
Another Kuniarr falsehood exposed.
on January 2,2013 | 04:14PM
Wazdat wrote:
Good Luck Kirk. PLEASE FIX and PAVE the ROADS properly. This should be your top 3 PRIORITY. Oh and RAIL is NOT in the TOP 3.
on January 2,2013 | 01:01PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
By the way, who controls the traffic light at the Punahou Street East H-1 Exit? THE STATE OR THE CITY ??? The long line there from the exit that spills into the H-1 East is the major major major major major major major cause of the tie-up in the H-1 East, Pau Hana, causing all kinds of headache for those who live beyond Ainaoka Avenue, i.e., Aina Haina, Hawaii Kai and Waimanalo. Man alive, somebody just let the GREEN LIGHT THAT EXITS THE H-1 EAST ONTO PUNAHOU STREET STAY ON GREEN FOR A LONG LONG LONG TIME, as feasible, so that the H-1 traffic can get a relief.
on January 2,2013 | 05:18PM
64hoo wrote:
if they fix them properly it won't make any difference because when there done paving the road hawaiian electric digs up the newly paved road and do more work then the board of water supply comes in and digs somemore while this is going on rain comes and rainwater gets under the asphalt and in a year or two its starts to crack and we get potholes thats what pisses me off everytime there done paving then other companys dig up the new paved road. AWUE.
on January 2,2013 | 06:52PM
loquaciousone wrote:
They should have given Ann a chair to stand on so the photographer didn't have to dig out his wide angle lens. Maybe Ernie would volunteer.
on January 2,2013 | 01:07PM
false wrote:
You'd think , or someone could have at least volunteered and put her on their shoulders. Now that is what I'd call a kodak moment!
on January 2,2013 | 01:18PM
awahana wrote:
My new bumper sticker reads:
I (would have) VOTED FOR BEN (if I could get my hands on a ballot) !
on January 2,2013 | 03:03PM
Wazdat wrote:
Vote by MAIL, it it the BEST way to get your vote in with little effort.
on January 2,2013 | 04:23PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
no forget, u only can vote once, and no let Osama bin Laden influence u.
on January 2,2013 | 05:10PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
by the way, Ben's supporters forgot to let them know to vote.
on January 2,2013 | 05:11PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Around Nov 09 2012 I said hello to Ann in the Bellagio casino in Las Vegas.........she looked happy cause maybe she had just won in the elections. Kudo's to her!
on January 2,2013 | 03:13PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
nah she won a jackpot lol.
on January 2,2013 | 05:09PM
dlum003 wrote:
Mayor caldwell ...? eeecchhhhh
on January 2,2013 | 04:07PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
75% of the comments include comedy. If it is a serious attack then we know it is serious business. Some believe in their polls too much. i for one (dare i say i contributed to Lingle's Senate campaign), was bombarded by her e-mails saying how great in touch with the community they were and that they were "leading" like maybe 52% to 48% versus Hirono. What a difference between reality and just "polls"? I contributed very little, like maybe a total of $50 to Lingle's campaign, however somewhere the message was lost. All kinds of slick campaign media blitzes do not really turn into victory. I know a first time winner in the house whose name is Ohno, or something, and he came out of nowhere to defeat the incumbent. What it takes is door to door to door to door physical shaking of hands, with those constituents who are going to vote, not a slick media campaign to "hope" that those voting are watching the Media, or listening to TV, or reading Ads, in the print media. This is a blistering commentary and i hope i to not get sent to the upper echelons for approval.
on January 2,2013 | 05:04PM
64hoo wrote:
was the oath taken at the begining of the rail project in kapolei would have been a good place to take the oath.
on January 2,2013 | 06:23PM
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