My only agenda is You.

The record turnout for this year’s primary election shows how deeply concerned Honolulu residents are about our island’s future – for public health, our economy, and trust in government.

So it’s critically important that voters know what’s driving their leaders’ decision-making, and the values their leaders hold.

For me, it’s very simple and very clear. My only agenda is you and what matters to you, your family, your neighborhood and your livelihood.

I’m not beholden to any special interests, donors or political party. I’m an independent and I will represent the interests of all voters, Democrats, Republicans and independents alike.

I’ve clearly outlined my top priorities – economic recovery, homelessness, rail, housing for local families, and community safety – and I stand by them. I will always tell it like it is, where I’m coming from, and why. I believe you deserve far more openness, greater confidence in your leaders, and their resolve to make the tough decisions to care for our community and preserve our way of life.

Most of all, I believe in hope. Not false hope or empty campaign promises, but the deep feeling that we can pull together and make the best of the years ahead. Now more than ever…it’s about you.

…Rick

Rick's Roadmap to Recovery

Read Rick’s “First 90 Days” plan to help Honolulu navigate the challenges we face in the new year ahead.

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Rick’s Top Priorities As Mayor

  1. Rebuilding Honolulu’s economy after COVID-19.

    This will be my single highest priority as Mayor. I bring a lifetime of successful experience working turnaround challenges, and rebuilding failing businesses. We need clear, decisive leadership to restore confidence and get more and more people back to work.
  2. Stronger action to help the homeless.

    This includes a “tough love” approach to street enforcement, but also means we need to build treatment and housing facilities for the drug addicted and mentally ill, who truly can’t take care of themselves. And we need more community partnerships to aid and house families. No one should ever be penalized for being poor.
  3. Get real on rail.

    I believe in the goals of rail transit, but we need a total reality check on the actual costs to complete the full route. This is not the time for wishful thinking or empty promises, and I will not raise property taxes for the sake of the project. HART must be 100% accountable and stop wasting money.
  4. Fast-tracking housing projects locals can afford.

    We need responsible development, but our old approach to creating affordable housing is not working. I will streamline the planning and permitting process to save time and money for builders, and get construction underwayfaster.
  5. Neighborhood safety and First Responders.

    Our sense of security in our community has changed dramatically, following an alarming rise in neighborhood crime. I will support and fund our first responders: police, firefighters and ocean safety officers, so they can do their jobs to protect us all.

A Zoom Conversation with Ann Botticelli

Learn about Rick’s background – from his growing up in Boston to his love for Hawaii and his career in media – and what motivates him to be the Mayor of Honolulu.

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Testimonials & Endorsements

University of Hawai‘i Professional Assembly

“The UHPA feels strongly that Rick can best meet the needs not only for Honolulu but for the faculty of the University of Hawai‘i as well.”
– Christian Fern, UHPA’s Executive Director

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Latest News

Civil Beat column criticizes Amemiya tactics

In her Civil Beat column today, Lee Cataluna comments on the negative campaign tactics by candidate Keith Amemiya. In the column, Cataluna writes: In a mayoral campaign that’s supposed to be an even match between two smart jocks, somebody has to blow a whistle on Keith Amemiya for unsportsmanlike… Read More

Hawaii Poll shows commanding lead for Rick Blangiardi in mayor’s race

Rick Blangiardi holds a solid double-­digit lead over fellow first-time candidate Keith Amemiya in the race for Honolulu mayor, according to the latest Hawaii Poll. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser poll shows the retired broadcast executive with 49% support among survey participants versus 36% for Amemiya with less than three weeks before… Read More

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Endorses Blangiardi

Following in-depth interviews with both candidates, the editorial board of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser says that “Blangiardi best choice for mayor.” Here are key excerpts from the endorsement. “This is not a conventional mayoral election year in Hawaii, judging by the configuration of the Honolulu race.             Neither of the two… Read More

Meet Rick.

Born with a gift to inspire others, Rick Blangiardi has dedicated his life to mentoring athletes, journalists, and young people. From locker rooms to board rooms, Rick’s passionate leadership has brought out the best in people for 50 years.

An inspiring and highly effective leader, his passion is infectious to everyone he engages. His ability to drive positive change by bringing out the best in people is his trademark.

Rick at KHON2 in the control room

A Familiar Face.

Rick has been a familiar face on television as General Manager of Hawaii News Now, KGMB and KHNL. His Local Connections editorials have stimulated needed community conversation, and spurred action on critical issues facing our islands. He put a spotlight on the plight of Hawai‘i’s homeless, Honolulu’s rail transit, and helped raise awareness in the battle against domestic violence and sexual abuse. He also shared Hawai‘i with the world, like the 2017 homecoming of Hokule‘a when millions watched across the globe on television, web and mobile platforms across the globe.

The Early Years.

Rick grew up in a working-class Boston family, that moved to Honolulu in 1965 when his dad was transferred to be a machinist at Pearl Harbor. Rick played football at the University of Hawai‘i Manoa, and after graduation, he spent seven years as a college football coach, the last five of those at UH.

As a new young father, he made the financial decision to leave football in 1977 and began selling commercials for KGMB. He found his calling in television, going on to found KHNL, bring live UH sports into living rooms statewide, and attract attention from mainland broadcast corporations.

A Successful Career.

After successful assignments in Seattle, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, Rick became president of Telemundo, America’s second-largest Hispanic network, which he led to even greater success (even though Rick doesn’t speak Spanish.) But Rick’s heart was still in Hawai‘i, and he returned home in 2002 to create Hawaii News Now, where he encouraged a culture of service in the workplace and made community the foundation of his leadership.

 

Community, Service, Family.

Rick has served as President for the Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America, Chair of the Hawai‘i Chamber of Commerce, President of Na Koa, Trustee for the Hawai‘i Public Schools Foundation, Board Member for the YMCA of Honolulu, the American Red Cross, and the Hawai‘i Food Bank, and has earned numerous honors for his leadership and service to his community.

Rick has led a life of uncompromising service to Hawai‘i, his colleagues and especially his family. He has two sons, a daughter, and five grandchildren. Rick lives in Honolulu with his wife Karen Chang.

Women For Rick

Women from across Oahu share why they're voting for Rick

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The FAQs on the Issues.

Why do you want to be Mayor of Honolulu?

What are your top priorities for the City & County of Honolulu?

Where do you stand on rail?

What do we need to do to streamline City operations?

Do you support paid sick & family leave for all workers?

Do you support the equal treatment of our LGBTQ community members in the workplace and society?

How will you address climate change and its impact on Hawai‘i?

Are you a Democrat or a Republican?

You’ve never held political office before. How do you know you can do the job?