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We're With Mayor Mufi

He knows the Filipino community.

He’s always been there for the Filipino community.

And we can trust him to be our champion again.

Accomplishments and Highlights

Career and community services highlights, as pertaining to the Republic of the Philippines and the Filipino community in Hawaii, are as follow:


  • Visited and led six business and trade missions to the Republic of the Philippines as mayor of the City and County of Honolulu, as chair of the Honolulu City Council, and as director of the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism to develop business opportunities.

  • Adopted as a son of seven provinces or cities in the Philippines, including Bacarra, Vigan, Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Pasuquin, San Nicolas, and Manila.

  • Authored the resolution to create a sister-city relationship between Baguio and Honolulu and renewed and strengthened sister-state or sister-city relationships between Honolulu and Manila, and Cebu and Laoag.  Advised Cebu on tourism strategies.

  • Played a major role as a Honolulu City Councilmember representing Waipahu (a district with a large Filipino population), as well as the Council Planning Committee chair to build the Filipino Community Center on Oahu.  Also provided advice on the development of a similar community center on Kauai.

  • Have established and sustained excellent relationships with major Filipino organizations, including the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, Philippine Cultural Foundation, United Filipino Council of Hawaii (UFCH), and numerous social, charitable, and professional groups active in the state. Was honored by the UFCH with their highest award, the Ating Kaibigan.

  • Am a sought-after speaker and/or singer at community functions, ranging from official government and political rallies, to official speeches and remarks at professional functions, to installation and coronation ceremonies, to family parties and birthday celebrations, to funeral services and graduation festivities; am a godfather for several Filipino families.

  • Have donated thousands of dollars in personal money for more than two decades, in the form of scholarships and awards, to students of Filipino ancestry, including Andrea Jurado of Waipahu High School, the recipient of my Harvard Book award several years ago and presently a junior at Columbia University.

  • Am founder and chairman of the annual Mufi Hannemann Basketball Jamboree and Team Aloha, the latter an all-star basketball squad that has featured many student-athletes of Filipino ancestry and which has led to college scholarships for them.

  • Assisted in raising money for the Aloha Medical Mission by singing in a special benefit concert, “Four Doctors, a Patient, and a Mayor,” at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. Also honored and supported the Society of Seven, Martin Nievera, Kristian Lei, Augie Tulba, Benny Agbayani, and numerous other Filipino artists, musicians, and athletes in their various endeavors.

  • Host a weekly radio program on KNDI 1270, discussing issues of interest to the Filipino community.

  • As mayor of Honolulu, appointed numerous members of Filipino ancestry as department directors and deputy directors, executive assistants, and appointees to key policy-making boards and commissions.

  • Began and promoted community activities that have become traditions in the state, such as the “Taste of Kalihi” (a district with a sizeable Filipino population), which will be commemorating its tenth anniversary in 2017.

  • Founder and chairman of the Pacific Century Fellows program, the state’s most prestigious leadership development initiative for young professionals, that has included many individuals of Filipino ancestry in the fields of government, law, labor, business, health care, construction, and education.  The program has developed such an outstanding reputation that a branch has been established in the Marianas region; in its third year, most of the fellows hail from Saipan and Guam.

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