Kirk Caldwell

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Kirk Caldwell
Kirk Caldwell May 2012.jpg
Caldwell in 2012
14th Mayor of Honolulu
Assumed office
January 2, 2013
Preceded by Peter Carlisle
In office
July 20, 2010 – October 11, 2010
Preceded by Mufi Hannemann
Succeeded by Peter Carlisle
Member of the
Hawaii House of Representatives
from the 24th district
In office
January 16, 2002 – January 15, 2008
Personal details
Born (1952-09-04) September 4, 1952 (age 63)
Waipahu, Hawaii
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Donna Tanoue
Children Maya
Alma mater

Tufts University
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

William S. Richardson School of Law

Kirk William Caldwell (born September 4, 1952) is an American politician, and the incumbent Mayor of Honolulu. Caldwell assumed the position on January 2, 2013. Caldwell previously held the position of Acting Mayor of Honolulu in 2010 following the resignation of Mayor Mufi Hannemann.


Caldwell represented the 24th Representative District in the Hawaii State House of Representatives of the Hawaii State Legislature from 2002 to 2008, serving as the House Majority Leader between 2007 and 2008. Caldwell left the race for re-election for the House of Representatives to run for City Council in Honolulu. Caldwell was unable to run for council as he had not formally withdrawn from the election for the House of Representatives.[1]

On July 20, 2010, Caldwell assumed the position of interim mayor after Mufi Hannemann resigned to compete in the 2010 Hawaii gubernatorial election. Caldwell held the office of mayor until a special election was held to determine a permanent successor.[2]


Caldwell served as the acting mayor of Honolulu, Hawaii's capital and largest city, during the tsunami evacuation in the absence of Mayor Mufi Hannemann following the 2010 Chile earthquake.

2010 Mayoral election[edit]

He lost to former Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Peter Carlisle in the 2010 special Mayoral election.[3]

2012 Mayoral election[edit]

Caldwell ran a successful campaign in the 2012 Honolulu mayoral election.[4] Caldwell finished second in the primary election, ahead of incumbent mayor and opponent Peter Carlisle.[5] He faced former Hawaii Governor Ben Cayetano in the 2012 election on November 6, 2012, and won the election by 7.8%.[6]


  1. ^ Au, Laurie (January 1, 2009). "Mayor picks Caldwell to be his top deputy". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. 
  2. ^ "Hannemann officially in race for governor's mansion". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. July 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ B. J. Reyes (September 18, 2010). "Carlisle wins Honolulu mayor's race". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved September 29, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Honolulu Mayoral Election 2012". Honolulu Civil Beat. 2012-02-26. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  5. ^ "Primary Election 2012 - State of Hawaii - Final Summary Report" (PDF). State of Hawaii, Office of Elections. August 12, 2012. Retrieved August 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Mayor, City and County of Honolulu election results". Hawaii News Now. November 6, 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mufi Hannemann
Mayor of Honolulu

Succeeded by
Peter Carlisle
Preceded by
Peter Carlisle
Mayor of Honolulu
Succeeded by