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Mayor Caldwell departs for the Philippines

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:48 a.m. HST, Feb 10, 2014

Mayor Kirk Caldwell left for the Philippines Monday with the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii an eight-day trip.

The purpose of the visit is "to strengthen ties, promote business opportunities, and renew sister city agreements," Caldwell's office said.

Managing Director Ember Lee Shinn is also out of state at a meeting of the Urban Land Institute in Portland, Oregon. City Director of the Department of Budget and Fiscal Services Nelson Koyanagi, Jr. will be acting mayor from Feb. 10 to 13. Shinn will be acting mayor when she returns Feb. 14 until Caldwell returns Feb. 18.

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false wrote:
Go for it Kirk. See if they are interested in a rail project. There's enough corruption in the P.I. so it won't be anything new. LOL
on February 10,2014 | 10:30AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Don't come back.
on February 10,2014 | 10:38AM
kekelaward wrote:
Rats leaving a sinking ship. What good is it going to do to go to a second world country? He needs to go to Somalia or Sudan to get tips on how to make Honolulu like a third world country which is what he seems to be attempting to do.
on February 10,2014 | 10:44AM
MariaBetty wrote:
Who paying for this? Not the FCC. Taxpayers. Caldwell Admin waste.
on February 10,2014 | 11:42AM
bluespop wrote:
Caldwell obviously looking for the Filipino vote next election.
on February 10,2014 | 12:22PM
loio wrote:
Kirk, you're the mayor of Honolulu, please stay here and fix the roads. Going to a third world country to try to "generate business" is a total waste of time. The only thing that the Philippines exports here is people, and they're sure not buying a lot of Hawaii stuff. Only a politician who was never in business would think this is worth the money. Stop the politicking and waste of money. Stay home and solve the many problems HERE. You're a county Mayor, not a Governor or a President, and event their going there on trade missions is a waste of time. Stop playing ethnic politics. Fix the roads.
on February 10,2014 | 01:28PM
steveoctober wrote:
agreed. no money to be made there. even Hawaiian air couldn't attract enough interest from there and bailed.
on February 10,2014 | 02:07PM
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