The Conversation: Mayor Caldwell Looks Back On Time In Office

Dec 11, 2020

UHERO Forecast; Reality Check: DOE Furlough Plan; Aloha, Mayor Caldwell

UHERO Forecast

There is hope ahead for Hawaii’s economy, but any “meaningful economic recovery” is not likely to get underway until the middle of next year. That’s the latest forecast from the University of Hawaii’s Economic Research Organization - ”UHERO.” 

The group’s current report was released this morning, and Executive Director Carl Bonham went through some of the highlights with HPR News Director Bill Dorman. He started by talking about the economic impact of the furloughs that Governor Ige announced this week--and scheduled to begin on January 1st.

Reality Check: DOE Furlough Plan

Joining us for today’s Reality Check is education reporter Suevon Lee. She has a story about how furloughs may affect our public school teachers and staff.

Aloha, Mayor Caldwell

Kirk Caldwell is the only mayor who previously held the job of City Managing Director. That experience gives him a perspective of the workings of city hall, but that hasn’t meant success in getting buy-in with the majority of the city council members on his vision for our Honolulu.  His experience as a state lawmaker hasn’t always made smooth sailing at the state legislature either.

Caldwell does have three weeks to wind up his business with the city. Here’s what he had to say as he comes to grips to saying aloha to  a job he has said he absolutely loves.