City & County of Honolulu

Kapolei Hale to host
mayor’s swearing-in

Honolulu City Lights displays will prevent Mayor-elect Mufi Hannemann from being sworn in at Honolulu Hale on Jan. 2.

Hannemann instead will hold a private swearing-in ceremony with family at Kapolei Hale on that day, which is Sunday. The date and time of the start of his term is set by the City Charter.

Later that week, he will hold a public swearing-in ceremony at Honolulu Hale to allow for the dismantling of the City Lights display.

Hannemann said the official swearing-in ceremony at Kapolei Hale is a symbol of the significance he will place on the second city.

"I also said during the course of my candidacy for mayor that I intend to work out of Kapolei at least once a week, so I believe that this is a good first step in that direction," Hannemann said.

Preliminary plans for the inauguration festivities:

» Jan. 2. Hannemann sworn in at noon at Kapolei Hale. The public celebration begins later in the afternoon in Kapolei in what he called an Ohana and Keiki Celebration.
» Jan. 3. Prayer service at Kawaiaha'o Church from 7 to 8 a.m.
» Jan. 5. Public swearing-in ceremony at Honolulu Hale at 1 p.m. At 5:30 p.m. there will be a $200-per-person Inaugural Gala at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. A few $10,000 tables will also be available. Proceeds will go toward defraying the cost of the event.

For tickets, contact inaugural committee chairpersons Cha Thompson at 864-5454 or Dean Okimoto at 479-1797.

Meanwhile, Hannemann said he has received nearly 600 applications from those hoping to work for his administration. He said the interview process will begin next week, and he hopes to begin making announcements on appointees by mid-December, although he might not have his entire Cabinet in place by the time he is sworn in.

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