HOW ABOUT 120 REASONS?

  • Successfully lobbied Congress and base closure commission to prevent closure of Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, saving 4,000 jobs

  • Honolulu became ranked by FBI as one of safest big cities in nation when Mufi was mayor

  • Resolved City’s decades-long consent decree with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  • Blocked overuse of Hanauma Bay and established special fund used exclusively for park’s preservation and maintenance

  • Expanded transit centers island-wide, including Civic Center, Middle Street, Mililani, Wahiawa, Kapolei, Wai‘anae

  • Negotiated extensions of Pro Bowl with National Football League—annual game that attracted 20,000 visitors and generated millions of dollars in revenues

  • Initiated Honolulu rail transit linking urban core and West O‘ahu, to include elevated guideway and transit stations at major stops along route

  • As State’s economic development director, was pointman for loan guarantee to assist financially troubled Hawaiian Airlines, preventing loss of as many as 3,500 jobs

  • Secured Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Honolulu by joining with East West Center, State, and other entities and committing police and first-responders to gathering of national leaders in 2011

  • Co-founded Hawai‘i Council of Mayors as unified voice on county issues; joined mayors in identifying programs for cooperation and exchange, labor negotiations

  • Earned upgraded bond ratings for City as result of prudent financial management and policies; twice received “clean” audit report from independent auditors and earned designation of City as low-risk auditee for first time in a decade

  • Brought free wifi to areas across island, culminating in Honolulu being named top digital city

  • Instituted island-wide curbside pickup of mixed recyclables and greenwaste for 50,000 homes after lengthy delays

  • Saved Waimea Valley from development in collaboration with public and private entities

 

What Mufi did for our Economy

  • Successfully lobbied Congress and base closure commission to prevent closure of Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, saving 4,000 jobs

  • As State’s economic development director, was pointman for loan guarantee to assist financially troubled Hawaiian Airlines, preventing loss of as many as 3,500 jobs

  • Led City as mayor through Great Recession via disciplined spending and budget execution—and without raising property taxes

  • President and CEO of Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association, largest private tourism industry trade group with 700 members; is major advocate for hospitality and travel before government bodies and public

  • Leading hospitality industry’s plans to reopen tourism during pandemic with health and safety safeguards for workers and travelers

  • Longtime champion of diversifying tourism into synergistic industries such as sports, film and television production, food and agriculture, education, health and wellness, science, and national and international business and conventions

  • With Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, developing long-term plans to focus on sustainability in travel and greater investments in culture and natural resources

  • Strong proponent of City enforcement of ordinances on illegal, tax-avoiding transient vacation rentals in non-resort neighborhoods

  • Leadership role with U.S. Conference of Mayors resulted in membership on advisory board and chairmanship of Tourism, Arts, Parks, Entertainment and Sports Committee; succeeded in making tourism and arts one of mayors’ top-10 national priorities

  • Secured Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Honolulu by joining with East West Center, State, and other entities and committing police and first-responders to gathering of national leaders in 2011

  • Met with Disney executives to pave way for Aulani resort development in Ko Olina

  • Helped land Trump Tower in Waikiki, first new hotel construction in years

  • Negotiated extensions of Pro Bowl with National Football League—annual game that attracted 20,000 visitors and generated millions of dollars in revenues

  • Partnered with Hawai‘i Tourism Authority on 2019’s NFL preseason game with Los Angeles Rams and NBA training camp for Los Angeles Clippers, with key benefits including youth clinics and community outreach by teams

  • As councilmember, backed planning and zoning changes that sparked redevelopment of Waikiki’s aging Beachwalk district and other areas of tourism’s economic engine

  • Chaired Governor’s Home Porting Task Force to support Pearl Harbor as site for U.S.S. Missouri

  • Championed easing of visa policies and procedures to encourage more travel from Asian countries, similar to policies for Japanese and Korean travelers

  • Established and promoted public safety as priority of City government, in recognition that safe city is attractive city to visitors, particularly Asian travelers

  • Conceived “Aloha on Tour” promotional campaign at DBEDT, involving public and private sectors, to integrate tourism, culture, food and products, sports, film and television production, business investment and attraction, and other island industries into high-visibility vehicle targeted at major markets on mainland, Asia, Europe

  • At DBEDT, successfully lobbied Legislature for single largest increase in State support for tourism in effort to combat industry slump resulting from Hurricane Iniki

  • At DBEDT, urged more cooperative tourism marketing campaigns to stretch marketing dollars by pooling resources of public and private sectors, instead of running efforts independently

  • Spearheaded successful emergency evacuation and relocation of 8,000 stranded tourists when Hurricane Iniki devastated Kaua‘i; “Operation Iniki Aloha” airlifted tourists from Kaua‘I; arranged stays at other hotels in other parts of state; and provided relief and travel assistance, including meals, medical attention, rest facilities, and emergency message center, all within 72 hours

  • City was first to grant Soil and Water Conservation Service funds to train farmers on best practices and farmland conservation

  • Held city-sponsored job fair at Blaisdell Center for 2,000 laid-off Aloha Airlines workers.

 

What Mufi did for Public Safety 

 

  • Honolulu became ranked by FBI as one of safest big cities in nation when Mufi was mayor

  • Police and fire departments earned national accreditation

  • Established Department of Emergency Management to direct responses to disasters

  • Overhauled an obsolete emergency operations plan

  • Planned for joint traffic management and emergency operations centers, now functioning at Civic Center

  • Constructed new HPD indoor firing range • Expanded police crime laboratory

  • Established E911 to pinpoint location of emergency calls from mobile phones

  • Repaired county’s network of emergency telecommunications towers

  • Expanded full- and part-time ambulance stations at Young Street, Makakilo, Ka‘a‘awa, Nanakuli, Waipi‘o

  • Bolstered police and fire fleet

  • Repaired or renovated dozens of fire stations

  • Replaced lifeguard towers islandwide

  • Improved pedestrian safety by repainting crosswalks, installing countdown traffic signals, and piloting imbedded flashing signals at several mid-block crosswalks

  • Partnered with The Hawaii Tourism Authority and nonprofit organization Ho’ola Na Pua to hold seminars on sex trafficking for Hawaii’s tourism industry. These seminars were held in each respective county.

  • Convened visitor public safety conferences, first as Councilmember and then as head of Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association, to address crimes against visitors, drugs, homeless

 

What Mufi did for Transportation

 

  • Initiated Honolulu rail transit linking urban core and West O‘ahu, to include elevated guideway and transit stations at major stops along route

  • Rail catalyzed transit-oriented development as projected, with construction of variety of housing, plus commercial and business opportunities, along rail line at Aloha Stadium, Pearl Harbor, Kalihi, and Kaka‘ako-Ala Moana, with State housing authority planning to build 10,000 affordable rental units within walking distance of rail line

  • Added hybrid buses and new Handivans to City fleet; constructed paratransit headquarters and maintenance facility at Middle Street

  • Expanded transit centers island-wide, including Civic Center, Middle Street, Mililani, Wahiawa, Kapolei, Wai‘anae

 

What Mufi did for Public Infrastructure & Facilities 

 

  • Invested billions of dollars in sewer network and wastewater treatment facilities, more than previous administration had spent during its tenure

  • Resolved City’s decades-long consent decree with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  • Acquired Laie wastewater system

  • Launched third boiler expansion of H-POWER waste-to-energy powerplant

  • Repaved hundreds of miles of roads

  • Made major improvements at Neal Blaisdell Center, including air-conditioning, riser seating, stage, basketball court, repainting

  • At Honolulu Zoo, maintained accreditation; and built new home for chimpanzees, veterinary clinic, Keiki Zoo, tiger exhibit, classroom, commissary/employee lounge, elephant habitat; began plans for new entrance

  • Initiated park cleanups and night-time closures at Ala Moana Beach Park, followed by Waianae Coast beach parks

  • Dedicated City’s municipal building and grounds in honor of former Mayor Frank F. Fasi

  • Opened Veterans’ Memorial Aquatic Center at Central Oahu Regional Park

  • Reconstructed Halona Blowhole Lookout to improve visitor experience

  • Began work on long-awaited Ewa Mahiko District Park and Gym; completed long-delayed Kahalu‘u Community Park

  • Renovated Maunalani recreation building

  • Completed construction of 100-space parking lot at Kapolei Regional Park

  • Constructed ball fields and comfort station at Mililani Mauka Community Park

  • Opened Nanakuli and Poka‘i Bay canoe halau

  • Opened Kapolei skate park

  • Worked with HLTA’s Engineer’s Advisory Council to purchase, receive clearance from the DOE, and install 32 air conditioning units at Jefferson Elementary. 

 

What Mufi did for City Operations

  • Secured lower property tax rate for agricultural land

  • Endorsed higher homeowner property tax exemption

  • Supported termination of mandatory lease-to-fee conversion, key priority of Native Hawaiians

  • Established a tax exemption for kuleana lands

  • Upgraded City’s financial and human resources data systems to enhance efficiency

  • Introduced online reservation for driver’s license tests, special license plates, calculation of motor vehicle fees, car dealer registrations

  • Brought free wifi to areas across island, culminating in Honolulu being named top digital city

  • Reopened Ko‘olau Driver Licensing Center

  • Established Satellite City Hall at Pearlridge Mall while on Honolulu City Council

  • Co-founded Hawai‘i Council of Mayors as unified voice on county issues; joined mayors in identifying programs for cooperation and exchange, labor negotiations

  • Earmarked money to restart adding to City’s rainy day fund

  • Among first local jurisdictions to budget for long-term retiree health benefit obligations

  • Earned upgraded bond ratings for City as result of prudent financial management and policies; twice received “clean” audit report from independent auditors and earned designation of City as low-risk auditee for first time in a decade

  • Mandated use of procurement cards, cutting down on mountains of paper transactions • Phone-by-phone inventory enabled City to cancel unused lines and slash bills by $150,000 a year

  • Cut use of outside lawyers and avoided at least $750,000 in judgments by successfully defending City

  • Established Mayor’s Review upon taking office to evaluate City services on “need to have” vs. “nice to have” basis

  • Cut previous mayor’s visioning team program, which drew $39 million annually from City coffers at its peak

  • Canceled slew of capital improvement projects, among them construction projects valued at $12.4 million pending for years, and more than 60 contracts for consulting work alone, valued at $6.9 million

  • Stopped practice of previous mayor of raiding special funds for feel-good projects

  • For building permits, opened separate pay-only, pick-up line so persons picking up permits no longer had to wait in line

  • Posted “current number being served” online so applicants know where they stand and when to return to permit counter

  • Introduced building concierge to help public through permit system

  • Allowed building permit applicants to start process online by providing project information prior to visiting permit center, saving staff and waiting time

  • Building permit website expanded and improved to give trade group members 24-7 access to important permit and property information, with hits averaging 850,000 a month

  • Introduced online issuance of permits that require no plans, like solar installations or electrical meter and interior plumbing replacements for single-family dwellings

  • Adding permits for residential fences, repairs, and demolitions to online offerings • Instituted express State permit process to streamline the permitting of State government projects

 

How Mufi helped Building Leaders

 

  • Building skilled, mentored workforce through his creation of Pacific Century Fellows program that is developing future generations of local leaders

  • Established Po`okela Fellows, mayoral initiative to stimulate interest in public service among college students

  • At HLTA, helped create Hospitality’s Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs (HYPE), for tourism up-and-comers to foster career networking and advancement; developed Generational Mentoring to give college travel industry management majors real-world work experience under tutelage of hotel general managers

  • Expanded number of HLTA scholarships to high school and college students through Citizen- Scholar Awards, Ho‘okipa Awards for high school travel or culinary industry students

  • Partnered with Hawai‘i Tourism Authority to launch Ho‘oilina (legacy) Scholarships in 2019 for local public high school graduates pursuing degrees in tourism, hospitality, or culinary fields; goal to establish legacy that supports and encourages young people to pursue degrees in tourism fields and soon fill industry ranks; awards for four-year scholarships of $12,000 per student per year

  • Personally sponsored scholarships and awards for high school students for more than 25 years

  • Founder and chairman of annual Mufi Hannemann Basketball Jamboree, which has promoted gender equity in girls sports for 27 years

  • Founder and coach of Team Aloha to give local female basketball athletes exposure to college coaches and scouts at NCAA-sanctioned mainland tournaments

 

What Mufi did for the Environment

 

  • Saved Waimea Valley from development in collaboration with public and private entities

  • Supported similar effort to buy more than 1,100 acres at Pupukea-Paumalu and Sunset Ranch for conservation

  • Transferred Kawainui Marsh, a pristine wetland, to State, with City agreeing to help with maintenance and thereby ending lengthy jurisdictional dispute over maintenance

  • Blocked overuse of Hanauma Bay and established special fund used exclusively for park’s preservation and maintenance

  • His 21st Century Ahupua`a program set forth near-term goals for energy and resource conservation and sustainability in City government; adopted Manu O Ku as official City bird

  • Instituted island-wide curbside pickup of mixed recyclables and greenwaste for 50,000 homes after lengthy delays

 

Mufi created Public-Private Partnerships (P3s)

 

  • Brought City Lights to Kapolei for first time, thanks to business and community groups

  • With Representative K. Mark Takai, introduced annual Mayor’s 9/11 Remembrance Walk to honor victims of 2001 terrorist attacks and first-responders

  • As mayor, formed public-private partnership to preserve farmworker housing in Kunia

  • Used partnership to build public park at Ocean Pointe in Ewa Beach

  • Adopted P3 to acquire land in Kapolei for public use

  • Negotiated an exchange and purchase of land to maintain affordable rental housing building

  • At HLTA, negotiated $2 million from Legislature for homelessness service providers, with $1 million in public money matched by hospitality industry

  • Encouraged largest organizations in Chinatown to cooperate on sponsoring single Chinese New Year celebration to save City time and expense on separate observances, and completed repairs at Chinatown Gateway Park for $85,000 instead of estimate of $550,000 via City’s partnership with Hawai‘i Theatre, nearby businesses, and Plumbers and Fitters Union

  • Helped farmers combat crop theft by joining with O‘ahu Farm Bureau, Prosecuting Attorney, Honolulu Police Department, and City Council to give them a voice and develop ideas to curb crime

  • Spearheaded partnership with Building Industry Association to develop multi-million-dollar construction training facility using federal grant

  • Established multi-year Leeward Coast Community Benefits program to offset impact of Waimanalo Gulch Landfill; program earmarked $2.5 million annually divided between social services programs and parks improvements

  • Led 6 visitor industry Charity Walks as President & CEO of the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association. In 2019 the VICW raised $2.7 million helping over 300 nonprofit organizations across the state.

  • At Council, initiated establishment of City's first enterprise zones in Hale‘iwa, Waialua, Wahiawa, Mililani Technology Park, Barbers Point Naval Air Station, Kapolei Business Park, Campbell Industrial Park, and elsewhere to provide tax incentives for businesses in those locations

  • Vigorously supported revisions to Ewa Development Plan, which included preserving agricultural lands; constructing bikeways and roads, with provisions for mass transit system; establishing University of Hawai‘i's West O‘ahu campus; State's request to reclassify land for housing and commercial/retail development; and encouraging preservation of view planes and corridors

  • Chaired Pearl City Task Force in a community-based planning process to determine future use of Pearl City Junction and development of Manana land; effort led to construction of Manana Spine Road, City corporation yards and bus maintenance facility, recreational center and parks, and traffic mitigation

  • Helped lead passage of Waipahu Town Task Force's plan for revitalization of historic sugar mill town, which included development of Filipino Community Center, expanded Hans L'Orange Park, and economic growth through combination of light industrial, commercial, and community facilities that preserve lifestyle and plantation character of community; as area Councilmember and Planning Committee Chair, played leadership role in ensuring private landowner, Waipahu community, and City cooperated to facilitate development of Filipino Community Center

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