Mayor Kirk Caldwell was officially inaugurated Wednesday and installed as the 14th mayor of the City and County of Honolulu.
Caldwell was sworn into office by Hawaii Supreme Court Associate Justice Sabrina McKenna during a ceremony at the Mission Memorial Auditorium before an overflow crowd.
Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald also administered the oath of office to Honolulu city council members Ikaika Anderson, Ann Kobayashi, Joey Manahan, Ron Menor, and Kymberly Marcos Pine. Council Chairman Ernie Martin also welcomed council members Stanley Chang, Carol Fukunaga and Breene Harimoto.
In his inauguration speech, Caldwell said he sought to foster a new era of mutual respect and cooperation with the council, while acknowledging that some differences of opinion are to be expected.
Caldwell said the main priority at Honolulu Hale should be to work together for the greater good of the community.
"After generations of mayors and governors fighting, I want to see a mayor and governor who will work together to get the people's business done."
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, during his inauguration speech
Caldwell said he has already met with Gov. Neil Abercrombie.
"After generations of mayors and governors fighting, I want to see a mayor and governor who will work together to get the people's business done," said Caldwell.
The first order of business for the new mayor is to draft a fiscal year 2014 budget that reflects his priorities to restore bus routes, repave more roads and better maintain city parks.
"I believe the budget that's been put together is probably pretty solid, but I'm going to make sure my priorities are in that budget also," Caldwell told a gaggle of reporters.