Sit-Down With Candidates for Honolulu Mayor

Jun 10, 2020

Voters on Oahu will elect a new mayor in 2020. HPR is sitting down with mayoral hopefuls to discuss their top concerns and why they want the job.

Credit Ryan Finnerty

Colleen Hanabusa

Colleen Hanabusa spent six years as a member of Congress representing Urban Honolulu and 12 years in the state Senate representing Waianae.  

Hanabusa lost a bid for governor in 2018 and is now seeking the top job in the City and County of Honolulu. She says that long connection with Oahu voters demonstrates they trust her to solve the big problems facing Hawaii’s largest city.


Credit Courtesy of Kym Pine for Mayor Campaign

Kym Pine

Kym Pine represents West Oahu on the Honolulu City Council…a job she’s held for 7 years. Before that, she was Representative in the State Legislature.

After more than a decade in the legislative branches of government, she says concern over basic quality of life issues are what motivated her to run for Oahu’s top job.

Credit Courtesy of the Keith Amemiya for Mayor Campaign

Keith Amemiya

Keith Amemiya is one of several candidates running as an outsider. He has previously worked as an attorney, head of the state high school athletic association, and an insurance company executive. He describes himself as “not a politician.”