Honolulu, Hawaii

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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General information
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Mayor:Kirk Caldwell
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2012
Next mayoral election:2016
Last city council election:November 4, 2014
Next city council election:2016
City council seats:9
2014 FY Budget:$2.1 billion
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:347,884
Race:Asian 54.8%
White 16.5%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 8.4%
African American 1.5%
Two or More Races 16.5%
Ethnicity:Hispanic or Latino 5.4%
Median household income:$58,397
High school graduation rate:88.1%
College graduation rate:33.8%
Related Honolulu offices
Hawaii Congressional Delegation
Hawaii State Legislature
Hawaii state executive offices
Honolulu is a city in Hawaii. It is a consolidated city-county with Honolulu County. As of 2013, its population was 347,884.

City government

See also: Mayor-council government

The city of Honolulu utilizes a "strong mayor" and city council system. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city's primary legislative body while the mayor serves as the city's chief executive.[1]


The mayor serves as the city's chief executive and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, appointing departmental directors and overseeing the city's day-to-day operations. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Kirk Caldwell is the current Mayor of Honolulu.[2]

City council

The Honolulu City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[3]


The Honolulu City Council is made up of nine members, each of whom is elected by the city's nine districts.[4]

A current list of council members can be found here.

Boards and commissions

A series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the Honolulu City Council. The roles of these boards and commissions are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.

For a full list of past and current Honolulu city boards and commissions, see here.



See also: Honolulu, Hawaii municipal elections, 2014

The city of Honolulu, Hawaii held nonpartisan elections for city council on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014.[5]

Four of the city's nine council seats were up for election. In Districts 2 and 6, incumbents ran for re-election. These were Ernie Martin and Carol Fukunaga, respectively. Districts 4 and 8, on the other hand, were open seats.

A primary election took place on August 9, 2014. In races where one candidate received more than 50% of the total votes cast, they won outright. In races where no candidate received more than 50% of the total vote, the top two vote-getters advanced to the general election on November 4, 2014. In the District 2 primary, incumbent Ernie Martin defeated Dave Burlew and Dan Hara. In the District 8 primary, which was an open seat, Brandon Elefante defeated Russ Grunch, Baybee Hufana-Ablan and Brysen Poulton. These races did not advance to the general election. In Districts 4 and 6, however, no candidate received a majority. The winners of these seats were determined in November.[6]


Honolulu's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014 was $2.1 billion.[7]

Contact information

Office of the Mayor
530 S. King St., Room 306
Honolulu, HI 96813

City Council
Honolulu Hale, Room 203
Honolulu, HI 96813

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Honolulu County, Hawaii ballot measures

The city of Honolulu is in Honolulu County. A list of ballot measures in Honolulu County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Hawaii

Ordinances: The signature requirement is 10% of the total voters registered in the last regular mayoral election. Each voter signing such petition shall add to the signature, the voter's printed name, residence, social security number and the date of signing. Petitions shall set forth the proposed ordinance, a circulator affidavit must be attached, and 3-5 persons must be designated to approve any alterations to the text. After signature certification, the council may adopt the proposed ordinance or submit it at a scheduled general or special election. Petitions should be filed at least 90 days before a scheduled election to appear on that ballot. An additional provision provides that if the petition is signed by at least 15% of the votes cast for mayor in the last regular mayoral election (with a request for a special election), a special election shall be called if there is no scheduled election within 180 days. Ordinances adopted by initiative are not subject to a mayoral veto, and shall not be amended or repealed by the council within two years after adoption, except as a result of subsequent initiative or by an ordinance adopted by the affirmative vote of at least three quarters of the entire council after a public hearing. (Honolulu Charter, Art. III, Chap 4)

Restrictions: The initiative power shall not extend to any ordinance authorizing or repealing the levy of taxes, the appropriation of money, the issuance of bonds, the salaries of county employees or officers, or any matter governed by collective bargaining contracts. (Honolulu Charter, Sec. 3-401)

Charter amendments: The initiative process for charter amendment largely follows the same requirements for ordinances. The signature requirement is 10% of the total voters registered in the last regular mayoral election. Each voter signing such petition shall add to the signature, the voter's printed name, residence, social security number and the date of signing. Petitions shall set forth the proposed amendment, a cirulator affidavit must be attached, and 3-5 persons must be designated to approve any alterations to the text. The difference is that after certification, the proposed amendment must be submitted at the next general election. (Honolulu Charter, Art. XV)

DocumentIcon.jpg Honolulu Charter, Art. III, Chap.4 and Art. XV


As of October 2014, information on Honolulu's federal lobbying related expenses is unavailable.

City website evaluation

Budget Y
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Meetings P
Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Permits, zoning Y
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Audits Y
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Contracts Y
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Lobbying P
Public Records N
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Local Taxes Y
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Transparency grading process
Main article: Evaluation of Hawaii city websites

This article was most recently evaluated on 7 March 2013.

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 11 years.[8]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[9]
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[10]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 1 year.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 1 year.
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.
    • Meeting videos are available.[11][12]
  • Administrative officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.[13]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2004 are available.[14][15]
  • Lobbying information is available.[16]

The bad

  • Meetings
    • Agendas and minutes are not archived for at least three years.
  • Lobbying
  • Public records
    • The public information officer is not identified. Sunshine Review requires a mailing address, phone number and personalized email be listed with this position.
    • Public records request form not provided.
    • Fee schedule for records not provided.

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