Welcome to Honolulu
Aloha and welcome to the 87thAnnual Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. This marks the third time that the City and County of Honolulu is hosting the annual meeting. Previous meetings were held in the summers of 1963 and 1967.
It’s been more than half a century since President John F. Kennedy traveled to O‘ahu to speak about civil rights to our nation’s mayors. Upon his arrival at Honolulu International Airport in June of 1963, he described O‘ahu as an island that “represents all that we are and all that we hope to be” as a country. Although Honolulu is dealing with many of the same issues as other large cities, I can think of no better place for mayors to discuss how we move our country forward through economic inclusiveness and more resilient communities.
As mayors, we are problem solvers and it’s our job to get things done. The Annual Meeting offers a way for cities to work together to deal with the tough problems that we all face by discussing different approaches and sharing best practices. I look forward to working with all of you, because as a group, we are realistic and practical, and focused on achieving results.
Kirk Caldwell, Mayor
City & County of Honolulu
The island of O‘ahu is known as the “Gathering Place,” and we look forward to sharing with you the warmth of Hawai‘i’s people, along with the natural wonders that our island community has to offer. Whether snorkeling Hanauma Bay, where you’ll be greeted by green sea turtles and 400 species of fish, hiking a lush trail along the Ko‘olau Mountains, or relaxing beachside in Waikīkī, you’ll find many ways to enjoy O‘ahu’s spectacular beauty.
Perhaps what’s most special about Hawai‘i, though, is our Aloha Spirit. Rather than a catchphrase or branding, the Aloha Spirit is a genuine belief that kindness, inclusiveness and respect should define everything that we do. It’s a guiding principle that we embrace and embody here in the City and County of Honolulu, and we invite you to experience it firsthand.