Mufi Hannemann has built a strong record of accomplishment in a wide range of areas.
Made maintenance of public parks and facilities a priority, with millions invested in repairs to gyms and playgrounds; cleaned Ala Moana and Leeward Coast beach parks; reconstructed Halona Blowhole lookout; broke ground for ‘Ewa Mahiko Park gym.
Rehabilitated or repaved nearly 1,000 lane miles of roads and filled 355,000 potholes since 2005; spending $77 million for rehabilitation for current year and $77 million the next.
- Solid Waste
Introduced curbside recycling throughout O‘ahu and expanded scheduled bulky-item pickup service island-wide; broke ground for H-POWER expansion to increase trash-handling capacity and boost electricity generation.
Prioritized rebuilding Honolulu’s neglected sewer infrastructure, bringing sewer main spills to an all-time low.
- Rail Transit
Poised to begin construction of Honolulu Rail Transit, with construction to create 4,000 jobs immediately and 10,000 during its lifetime.
Added 80 hybrid buses to the City fleet, one of the nation’s top metropolitan transportation systems; completed Handi-van headquarters and Mililani Mauka and Wai‘anae transit centers; broke ground for Middle Street and Wahiawa transit centers.
- Public Safety
Honolulu ranked by FBI as one of the safest big cities in the nation; Honolulu Police Department and Honolulu Fire Department earned national accreditation.
Completed police department’s crime laboratory and firing range; purchased more than 200 new police cars.
- Fire and Ocean Safety
Expanded firefighting vehicle fleet; rebuilt McCully-Mo‘ili‘ili Fire Station; building new East Kapolei Fire Station; and completed repairs to dozens of existing firehouses. Replaced 36 lifeguard towers.
Continuing improvements of first-responder telecommunications equipment and towers; introduced E911 system to enable emergency dispatchers to pinpoint locations of mobile phone callers.
- Fiscal Responsibility
Earned upgrade in bond rating from AA- to AA, saving millions of dollars in borrowing costs; received clean audits from independent auditors and earned designation as “low-risk auditee.” Opened the Integrity Hotline to report fraud and waste. Cut previous administration’s $39-million-a-year visioning program; canceled millions of dollars in long-pending construction contracts and old purchase orders; saved $2 million in workers’ compensation costs; appropriated $92 million for long-term employee benefits.
- Public-Private Partnerships
Partnered with public and non-profit agencies to save Waimea Valley and Pupukea-Paumalu¯from development. Secured 34 acres of prime Kapolei property from Kapolei Property Development for unrestricted uses in exchange for road improvements. Partnered with community to build Hawai‘i Kai dog park.
Lobbied in Congress to prevent Base Closure Commission from shutting down Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, saving 4,000 jobs; established Enterprise Zone to support Waimanalo agriculture; lowered property tax rates for farm land; introduced Farmers Market at Blaisdell Center; partnered with O‘ahu Farm Bureau on land conservation program; saved 115 homes at Kunia Plantation Village.
Committed City to host 21-member Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Honolulu in November 2011; championed return of NFL Pro Bowl to Hawai‘i; helped bring “Hawai‘i 5-0” back to the islands; and attracted Disney Resorts to Ko ‘Olina.
Initiated Po‘okela Fellows program that provides college students with internship opportunities. Created 21st Century Ahupua‘a Ambassadors, an environmental program for youth. Sponsored SMART Youth for Rail Summit and Recycle-a-Shoe events.
- Online Services
Put numerous City services online, including certain types of building permits, motor vehicle licensing and registration procedures, and real property tax payments.
- Honolulu Zoo
Opened Keiki Zoo, orangutan exhibit, veterinary clinic, and learning center; constructing new entrance and elephant exhibit.
- Blaisdell Center
Overhauled 40- year-old Blaisdell Arena with new air-conditioning, seats, and hardwood floor; made major improvements to Concert Hall and Waikiki Shell.
- Cultural Traditions
Introduced Mayor’s September 11 Remembrance Walk, Mayor’s Prayer Service, Windward City Lights, and Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival.