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Kirk Caldwell

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Kirk Caldwell
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Mayor of Honolulu
In office
Term ends
Years in position 2
Majority Leader, Hawaii House of Representatives
Base salary$116,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next general2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Managing Director of Honolulu
Hawaii House of Representatives
District 24
Bachelor'sTufts University (1971)
J.D.William S. Richardson School of Law
Date of birthSeptember 4, 1952
Place of birthWaipahu, Hawaii
Office website
Campaign website
Kirk Caldwell (b. September 4, 1952) is the current Mayor of Honolulu, Hawaii. He was first elected on November 6, 2012.

Caldwell briefly held the position of interim Mayor in 2010, when former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann vacated the seat to run for Governor of Hawaii. Caldwell ran for mayor in 2010 but lost to Peter Carlisle. Carlisle served the remainder of Hannemann's term from 2010-2013. He lost to Caldwell and former Hawaii Governor Ben Cayetano in the 2012 primary election.[1][2]

Before becoming mayor, Caldwell was a member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, representing District 24 from 2002-2008. From 2006-2008, he was Majority Leader. In January 2009, Caldwell was appointed the Managing Director for the City and County of Honolulu.[3]


Caldwell holds a B.A. in Economics from Tufts University and a J.D. from the William S. Richardson School of Law. His professional experience includes working for the law practice of Ashford and Wriston, LLP, in the office of U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye and as Clerk for former Chief Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court Williams Richardson.[3]


Below is a brief outline of Caldwell's political career.


Caldwell and his wife, Donna Tanoue, have a daughter, Maya. They live in Manoa, HI.

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Preceded by
Peter Carlisle
Mayor of Honolulu
Succeeded by