The Mayor held the State of the City address on Thursday, May 30.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell addressed a number of items in his initiatives for the city.
He discussed the climate crisis including the upcoming hurricane season and last year’s record rainfall. He also spoke about preparing for natural disasters and recovering from it.
As for economic equality, he plans to raise the minimum wage for city employees to $15 or more. This will go into effect on July 1.
He also spoke about affordable housing and illegal vacation rentals that take up housing supply on the island, as well as their impact on housing for local families.
For sustainability and climate resilience, Caldwell had a large emphasis on environment preservation. He introduced his idea of installing 53,000 LED street lights while speaking about non-fossil fuel vehicles, renewable gas, and seawater air conditioning.
He also looks forward to figuring out how to set shoreline setback requirements and the Ala Wai Flood Control Project.
He also shared his plan of planting 100,000 trees within the next five years.
“I love trees,” he said when he spoke of planting 100,000 trees within the next five years. “I hug them.”
He even spoke proudly of their partnership with the Biki bikeshare company, which became the 6th most used bikeshare system in the country in just two years.
“It’s really about our island future and it depends on two basic principles: One, ensuring a sustainable economy where you and your ohana can afford to stay for generations. Two, ensuring our homes are safe and secure in the face of a climate criss.”