City Councilmember Joey Manahan is one of nine members of the Honolulu City Council and represents Oahu County’s District 7, which includes Kalihi-Palama, Kalihi-Kai, Iwilei, Mapunapuna, Salt Lake, Aliamanu, Hickam, Foster Village, and portions of Pearl Harbor, Aiea, Kalihi Valley, and Liliha. He serves as Chair of the Committee on Transportation and is Vice-Chair of the Committee on Budget.
Manahan is a strong advocate for the Urban Rest Stop and hygiene centers for his district, which he describes as the epicenter of the worst homeless problem in the nation. He is also a strong proponent of Housing First solutions and is constantly looking for new and creative ways to ease Honolulu’s housing crisis. Manahan is currently supporting a plan to purchase Hilo Hattie and use it as a one-stop for homeless services and housing.
Apart from homelessness issues, Manahan is an advocate for good government and proposed ethics rules for the Oahu Transit Services (OTS) Board, which runs The Bus in Honolulu. He also oversees the State’s largest infrastructure project to date, which is Oahu’s 20-mile 21-station elevated steel on steel rail project. Manahan also serves as Chair of the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OMPO), which receives and allocates all federal funds for Oahu’s mass transit systems and transportation projects.
Prior to serving on the Honolulu City Council, Manahan was Vice Speaker of the Hawaii State House of Representatives of the Hawaii State Legislature, where he served three consecutive terms.
In 2011, Representative Manahan received the Legislator of the Year Award from 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.
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-American Veterans’ reunification efforts. His focus in the House of Representatives was in the areas of tourism, economic development, transportation, housing, and human services.