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Ann Kobayashi

Ann Kobayashi

Ann Kobayashi represents District 5 on the Honolulu City Council. Kobayashi currently serves as chair of the Budget Committee. She was re-elected with 71 percent of the vote in the 2012 general election.

Kobayashi was born on April 10, 1937 and was raised in Honolulu. She graduated from Brown University and Northwestern University and returned to Hawaii after her studies.

Kobayashi served in the state Senate from 1981-1994.

District 5 consists of a portion of Kapahulu and Kaimuki; Palolo Valley, St. Louis Heights, Manoa, Moiliili, McCully, Kakaako, and a portion of Ala Moana and Makiki.

Kobayashi was a member of the Council from 2002 to 2008, when she ran for mayor and lost to Mufi Hannemann. After Duke Bainum died in office, Kobayashi won the special election to finish his term.

The Mayor’s Money: Caldwell Expands Office Budget in Tight Times

The Mayor’s Money: Caldwell Expands Office Budget in Tight Times

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell wants to boost his budget by 70 percent, which is more than any other city department.
Ann Kobayashi Answers Honolulu Council Survey

Ann Kobayashi Answers Honolulu Council Survey

District 5 incumbent talks about major issues.
Honolulu Council District 5 Candidates on the Issues

Honolulu Council District 5 Candidates on the Issues

Kobayashi and challenger Hayes weigh in on rail and homelessness.
Kobayashi: Voters in 2008 Didn’t Approve Current Rail Project

Kobayashi: Voters in 2008 Didn’t Approve Current Rail Project

Councilwoman says rail project costs more and goes to fewer places than planned in 2008.
Honolulu Council May Try To Take Over Water Board

Honolulu Council May Try To Take Over Water Board

Rising water rates are spurring a move to amend city Charter.
Rail Operating Costs Worry Honolulu Council Members

Rail Operating Costs Worry Honolulu Council Members

On visit to Washington, four express frustration over ongoing expenses after construction of the $5 billion project.
Hawaii Officials Merrily Celebrate Rail in D.C.

Hawaii Officials Merrily Celebrate Rail in D.C.

Dozens of Hawaii leaders attend Capitol Hill reception.
What You Won’t Learn From Honolulu Council Financial Disclosure Forms

What You Won’t Learn From Honolulu Council Financial Disclosure Forms

Civil Beat review shows problems with disclosures of business interests, real estate investments.

Inside Honolulu: April 7

UPDATED 5:19 p.m. Light, medium or heavy rail? Mayors show unity, don't agree on union deal.
Honolulu City Council Divided Over Chairman’s Ethics

Honolulu City Council Divided Over Chairman’s Ethics

Civil Beat survey finds concern about Garcia's failure to disclose outside job.
Tea Party’s Berg Cheapest On Honolulu City Council

Tea Party’s Berg Cheapest On Honolulu City Council

So far in 2011, Ewa member spends least, with Kahala's Chang spending the most.

Inside Honolulu: Feb. 28

UPDATED: 3:01 p.m. Miyahira trades AG for Prosectuor; Lobbyist has trouble explaining himself to City Council.

Inside Honolulu: Jan. 26

UPDATED 1:36 p.m. Hansen to stay on as permanent Budget director; Council honors Tam, who faces sentencing for theft; Rail groundbreaking around the corner.
Inside Honolulu: Dec. 2

Inside Honolulu: Dec. 2

Lingle transmits outside rail review to city leaders, incoming governor; Makakilo/Kapolei Neighborhood Board meeting erupts into a "circus'" November and December pack a holiday-furlough punch.