Ann Kobayashi

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Ann H. Kobayashi
Ann Kobayashi.jpg
Member of the Hawaii Senate
from the 10th district
In office
Member of the Honolulu City Council
In office
In office
2009 – present
Personal details
Born (1937-04-10) April 10, 1937 (age 78)
Honolulu, Hawaii
Political party Democratic
Other political
Republican (before 1988)
Spouse(s) Paul Kobayashi (divorced)
Children Dale, Mark and Susan
Residence Manoa, Hawaii
Alma mater Pembroke College and Northwestern University
Occupation Former elected state and county official

Ann Kobayashi (April 10, 1937) is a politician and businesswoman from Honolulu, Hawaii. She is a member of the Honolulu City Council, representing District 5. She previously held the same City Council seat between 2002 and 2008, but resigned from the seat to unsuccessfully run for Mayor of Honolulu against incumbent Mufi Hannemann.[1][2] She was also a member of the Hawaii Senate between 1981 and 1994.

Personal life[edit]

Ann Kobayashi was born April 10, 1937, in Honolulu to Mori and Florence Hayashi. She grew up with her brother Roy Hayashi near Punchbowl Crater, later moving with her family to Nu‘uanu Valley.[1]

Kobayashi graduated from President Theodore Roosevelt High School before attending Pembroke College in Brown University and Northwestern University.[1]

She was married to Paul Kobayashi until their divorce, and has three children.[1]

Political career[edit]

From 1981 to 1994, Kobayashi represented the Manoa area in the Hawaii Senate. During that time, she was chairwoman of the State Senate's Ways and Means Committee for two years. In 1994, Kobayashi ran for Mayor of Honolulu but lost. In 1997, she was the Executive Assistant to Mayor Jeremy Harris, and from 1997 to 2002 she worked in the State Executive office as a Special Assistant to Governor Ben Cayetano.[1]

In 2002, Kobayashi successfully ran for Honolulu City Council District 5. She gave up her council seat in 2008 when she again ran for Mayor of Honolulu. She lost the election, and her council seat was won by Duke Bainum, who ran unopposed.[1] Bainum, however, died on June 9, 2009, leaving the council seat vacant.[3] The special election that was held resulted in Kobayashi being declared the winner on August 8 with more than 37 percent of the vote.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Boylan, Peter (September 16, 2008). "Hawaii rail project motivated Kobayashi's run for mayor". The Honolulu Advertiser. Archived from the original on March 5, 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2009. 
  2. ^ Staff (July 14, 2009). "Kobayashi to Run in Special Election". Archived from the original on August 21, 2009. 
  3. ^ Altonn, Helen (June 10, 2009). "Councilman Duke Bainum dies". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Archived from the original on August 21, 2009. 
  4. ^ Pang, Gordon Y.K. (August 7, 2009). "Kobayashi returned to City Council in special electionml". The Honolulu Advertiser. Archived from the original on March 5, 2013. 

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