Ben Cayetano, a Democrat, was the fifth governor of the state of Hawaii, serving from 1994 to 2002. He was the first Filipino American to rise to the level of governor in any U.S. state.
Cayetano ran for Honolulu mayor in the 2012 elections and lost to Kirk Caldwell. Cayetano received 45 percent of vote while Caldwell received 53 percent. Cayetano's platform centered on stopping the Honolulu rail project from proceeding.