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 (2014-16, March 2018-present) and is the former Chair of the Committees on Budget (2015 to March 2018) and Parks (2012-14).

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.

9 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?

    1. 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 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

    1. 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

  5. Aloah
    Im the head coach of the puuhale pirates baseball team its been years since we put in a team for P.A.L. the kids are hard working but sadly in low income situations that they are un able to afford equipment that they need like cups and pants and as for me i live on a set income and im un able to help them i guess wat im trying to get at is can you are can you point me in the right direction so i can get my kids the things they need cause we need it asap first game is in May thank you very much

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