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Dignified transfer on hold

Well, that didn’t take long.

At the obligatory post-election news conference that usually illustrates the dignified transfer of power, acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell pledged cooperation and then told Mayor-elect Peter Carlisle that he couldn’t move his stuff into the office until after he’s sworn in on Oct. 8.

Instead, Caldwell offered Carlisle temporary office space next door.

No dice, Carlisle said, the place smells like asbestos.

The building is perfectly fine, Caldwell responded. Behind him, Carlisle rolled his eyes.

When last seen, the new mayor had staked a claim to a portion of the courtyard in Honolulu Hale where he leaned back in a plastic folding chair and put his feet up on a plastic folding table.

Think globally, eat local

The nonprofit Kanu Hawaii ( has dedicated next week to its Eat Local Challenge.

People are sauntering over to the site to sign up for one of the pledge options, ranging from going all-in — eating all locally grown food from Sunday through Oct. 2 — to attending various Kanu events.

The most popular pledge on the site so far: "I will spend at least 10 percent of my food budget on locally grown food year-round." But various local eateries are trying to help folks concentrate their homegrown consumption within the promotional week by cooking up some qualifying dishes. Zippy’s, for example, offers an all-local Loco Moco.

Warning: Nalo greens are the stand-ins for the rice. Remember, they did call it a challenge.


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