Today, the city and county of Honolulu stands at a crossroads between the paralysis and gridlock of the past, and assertive, responsible steps to propel this great city into the future. Right now, in this time, we have a unique opportunity to transform Honolulu into an even greater place – a model for cities across the nation and even across the globe.
We are now the 10th largest municipality in the United States with a population of over nine hundred and fifty thousand in 2010. At current growth rates, by 2020 Honolulu will pass the 1 million mark, and ten years after that we will pass the 1.1 million mark. That means roughly fifty thousand more people by 2020, and one hundred and fifty thousand more people by 2030.
I’d like to share with you my vision for our city, and what my team and I are doing to achieve it. I’m proud of what we have accomplished in our first 18 months, together with the city council and the people of Honolulu. I am committed to working with all of you on the difficult issues that remain, and I am looking forward to all we can achieve if we stay on track.