Harry Kim (politician)
|Mayor of Hawaii County|
December 2000 – December 1, 2008
|Preceded by||Stephen Yamashiro|
|Succeeded by||Billy Kenoi|
|Political party||Republican Party
|Alma mater||University of Hawaii at Hilo
Southern Oregon University
|Profession||Politician, Civil defense director|
Kim was born in and grew up in Keaʻau (also known by its older name, ʻOlaʻa). He attended ʻOla'a School and Hilo High School. He then attended the University of Hawaii at Hilo and Southern Oregon University. He served in the United States Army as a medic and was a teacher and coach. Kim served for 16 years as County Director of Civil Defense. As Director, Harry Kim would go on air (radio) and would update the residents of Hawai'i.
Kim ran for Mayor in 2000 replacing Stephen K. Yamashiro, limiting campaign contributions to $10. To run in the election he was required to choose a political party and opted to run as a Republican. Also on the ballot that year was a provision rendering future Hawaii County political races non-partisan. The initiative passed, and Kim then disavowed his connection to the Republicans.
After defeating Republican Harvey Tajiri in the primary, Kim won the general election, receiving 50% of the vote. His opponents, Democrat Fred Holschuh and former Green Party county councilwoman Keiko Bonk received 30 and 20 percent, respectively.
In 2004, Kim ran for a second term, easily defeating candidates including Dominic Yagong and "cannabis sacrament" minister Roger Christie. During his time in office, Kim advocated, among other initiatives, recycling projects and the creation of a new County office complex in the place of the defunct Kaikoʻo Mall.
- AsianWeek.com: National News: Korean American Sworn in as Big Island Mayor
- "Where I'm From". Honolulu Magazine. November 2006. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
- "The Races to Watch: Neighbor Islands". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. September 25, 2000. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
- Richard Borreca (July 8, 2005). "Kim considers running for gov as Democrat:The Big Isle mayor won his current job in 2000 as a Republican". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
- Richard Borreca (July 22, 2006). "Big Isle mayor will not run: Mayor Harry Kim decides not to challenge Gov. Lingle". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved November 2, 2010.