City Councilmember Joey Manahan is a member of the Honolulu City Council. He was elected on August 11 of the 2012 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 Transportation and Vice-Chair of the Committee on Budget.