'Do What You Want To Do,' Carlisle Tells Grads

Katherine Poythress/Civil Beat

In his first big public address outside the walls of Honolulu Hale, Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle struck a positive tone, sharing lessons he learned from his father and encouraging a new class of college graduates to be dynamic leaders — and to apply for a job with the city, too. 

"You will be my very first graduates," he told the roughly 650 graduates from Hawaii Pacific University during Monday night's commencement ceremony at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center.

Showing his characteristic charisma, his speech meandered from personal anecdotes to advice that doesn't yet apply to probably most of the graduates, finally landing on his own roadmap to success in the working world. The secret is not in money, he said, but fulfillment.

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