|13th & 15th Mayor of Honolulu|
January 2, 2013
July 20, 2010 - October 11, 2010
|Member of the |
Hawaii House of Representatives
from the 24th district
January 16, 2002 - January 15, 2008
September 4, 1952|
Waipahu, Hawaii, U.S.
|Alma mater||William S. Richardson School of Law|
Kirk William Caldwell (born September 4, 1952) is an American politician who is the 14th and current Mayor of Honolulu, Hawaii, since 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, Caldwell 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 Caldwell was unable to run for council as he had not formally withdrawn from the election for the House of Representatives.
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.
Caldwell ran a successful campaign in the 2012 Honolulu mayoral election. Caldwell finished second in the primary election, ahead of incumbent mayor and opponent Peter Carlisle. He faced former Hawaii Governor Ben Cayetano in the 2012 election on November 6, 2012, and won the election by 7.8%.
Caldwell narrowly won reelection on November 8, 2016, after facing a runoff with former Republican congressman Charles Djou, 52.2% to 47.8%. Though both candidates supported the municipal rail project, cost overruns were an issue, as well as Caldwell's alleged interference with the Ethics Commission. Labor group support was split between the pair.
In June, 2018, Caldwell responded to an increasing homeless population by having legislation crafted to outlaw living in parks, sleeping and resting on sidewalks, and obstructing sidewalks with personal possessions, combined with aggressive referrals to shelters. The city had made similar efforts that resulted in a win for homeless advocates at the cost of a half million dollars.