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Mayor – City and County of Honolulu


Mayor Kirk Caldwell was born in Waipahu and raised in Hilo, the oldest son of a plantation and country doctor. He studied Urban Planning and Economics at Tufts University, earned an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and received his law degree from the UH William S. Richardson School of Law.

Mayor Caldwell was Managing Partner at the law firm of Ashford and Wriston, and began his public service career in 2002, when he was elected to the Hawaii State House of Representatives, and quickly rose to become the House Majority Leader.

Mayor Caldwell was appointed Managing Director for the City and County of Honolulu in January 2009, and served as Acting Mayor in 2010. He was elected to 14th Mayor of Honolulu in November 2012 and assumed office on January 2, 2013.

Mayor Caldwell is married to Donna Tanoue. Donna served as State Commissioner of Financial Institutions in the Ariyoshi administration, was appointed by President Bill Clinton as chair of the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and is currently Vice Chair for the Bank of Hawaii.

Kirk and Donna have a daughter, Maya, who attends college.