WELCOME TO HONOLULU
Aloha and welcome to the 87th Annual 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 Oahu to speak about civil rights to our nation’s mayors. Upon his arrival at Honolulu International Airport in June of 1963, he described Oahu 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, MayorCity & County of Honolulu
The island of Oahu is known as the “Gathering Place,” and we look forward to sharing with you the warmth of Hawaii’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 Koolau Mountains, or relaxing beachside in Waikiki, you’ll find many ways to enjoy Oahu’s spectacular beauty.
Perhaps what’s most special about Hawaii, 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.
OUR COMMITMENT TO THE AINA (LAND)
The City and County of Honolulu is partnering with Huliau Green Events & Sustainable Coastlines to ensure that all events hosted during the U.S. Conference of Mayors adhere to the goal of generating “Zero Waste.” Both of these partner organizations are non-profit foundations with missions to educate our communities about sustainability tools that can be used for events—and also in our daily lives—to reduce or eliminate waste. Waste is actually a potentially valuable resource. When planned for, and handled properly, waste can be safely reused for beneficial purposes and eliminate contribution to our traditional waste stream. The majority of our event waste will be diverted to local farms and turned back into nutrient-rich soil. This process not only helps farmers, it reduces the greenhouse gas footprint of our events because food waste can be a large source of methane—a potent greenhouse gas contributing to the climate crisis. Look for our “Zero Waste” receptacles throughout our events, and help us utilize them properly to keep Hawaii clean and green!
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PLANNING TO ARRIVE EARLY OR STAY LONGER?
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Explore the amazing variety of things to do and see while visiting Honoulu, including for those who may be planning to spend 4th of July in Hawaii.