About Councilmember Manahan

City Councilmember Joey Manahan is a member of the Honolulu City Council. He was elected on August 11 of the 2012 the primary election with 58% of the votes and was sworn into office on November 14 2012. He represents Honolulu City Council District 7, (portions of Kalihi Valley & Liliha, Kalihi-Palama, Iwilei, Kalihi Kai, Sand Island, Mapunapuna, Salt Lake, Aliamanu, Hickam, Foster Village, Pearl Harbor and portions of Aiea/Halawa Estates).  Manahan was formerly a state representative and Vice Speaker of the Hawaii State House of Representatives.  He was first elected to office in 2006 serving the 29th District of the House of Representatives (Kalihi Kai, Kapalama, Mokauea, and Sand Island.) In addition to his duties in House leadership, he served as a member of the following House committees: Joint Legislative Committee on Aging in Place and Legislative Management.

Councilmember Manahan has worked hard to avoid unnecessary school closures and consolidations, and, with his colleagues, to balance the state budget while facing the worst economic crisis the State of Hawaii has seen in a decade.

During his first term, he secured $45 million in funding for schools, housing, harbors, health and social services, which included $100,000 in support for a multilingual effort to broadcast emergency messages to non-English-speaking residents and visitors in Hawaii.

As a State Representative, Manahan was instrumental in making the Hawaii State Legislature the first to designate October as Filipino-American Heritage Month.  He is a strong advocate for Filipino Veterans’ benefits and reunification efforts. His priorities are in the areas of education, health and human services, and housing, as well as tourism and economic development.

In 2011, Rep. Manahan was selected as Legislator of the Year by the Hawaii Medical Association (HMA).  HMA is a voluntary group of physicians and healthcare professionals.   He was recognized for his assistance in the improvement of and access to healthcare for the people of Hawaii.

Today, he is one of the 9 members of the City and County of Honolulu Council. He is Chairman of the Committee on Parks & Customer Services and Vice-Chair of the Committee on Transportation.

7 thoughts on “About Councilmember Manahan

  1. Aloha, Erlinda!

    Thank you for your concern. I will forward this to Councilmember Carol Fukunaga’s office as you live in her district.

    Mahalo for voicing your concerns!

    Councilmember Joey Manahan

  2. Good evening. My name is Kawika, I have some concerns. I am a married man with kids. I am currently working to full time jobs to make ends meet. My question I guess would be. Because I work two jobs at the end of the year i get put into a tax bracket which i end up paying a lot of money to the federal. I don’t understand why hard working people like myself end up paying so much in taxes. Isn’t their something that the government can do to help out?

    • Aloha, Kawika.

      Thank you for your post on our website. The City government only has jurisdiction over your property taxes while state and federal governments have jurisdiction over your state income tax and federal income tax brackets. The City Council has helped taxpayers by not raising your property taxes, rejecting the proposed gas tax and shelving the proposed county user fee.

      Mahalo for reaching out with your concern.

      Councilmember Joey Manahan

  3. Why again do we have to take care of the homeless. Mr. Manahan, I am a senior and live on $1300 a month. I cannot get egt and all those freebies cause I amover the bracket. People here are tired of supporting all these freeloaders and the many Micronesians , who get EVERYTHING FREE. I started having to pay premiums on myhealth ins..Get a round up of the mainland homeless and send them home …..Born and raised here 69 years ago, never saw so many bums..in my life and filth..thank you

  4. Hello Council-member, I wanna applaud your efforts with the hygiene centers. I’m glad to hear a logical compassionate voice in Hawaii government! Thanks. My name is Newton Parks and would like to both offer my support and help. I would be more than happy to help with any renderings, site design, mapping, prototyping involved. I do architectural design and am a decent builder. I understand the power of design and how it really could make or break a project like this. I know it will require alot of work so I want to help. BTW- who is your boss and how do I send praise of your work to him/her? -Newton Parks
    TransMuse Designs LLC

    • Aloha, Newton.

      Thank you for reaching out to me through our website and your comments on our most current legislation. I would love to see or hear more of your views and suggestions about the matter. If you could please e-mail my External Government Relations staff, Ms. Radiant Cordero, below the contact information to the right sidebar, she will be able to talk more in-depth with you.

      The measure will be up for public hearing in the near future and if you would like to submit a written testimony via e-mail or show to present an oral testimony, please feel free to do so. Ms. Cordero will be able to help you if you decide to express your views in front of a committee or council meeting

      Mahalo for sharing your comments,

      Councilmember Joey Manahan

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