Carlisle brings unique style to office

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Peter Carlisle was sworn in four weeks ago and has already made himself comfortable in office.  Mayor Mufi Hannemann liked to sing.  Now it seems Carlisle likes to make jokes as we've seen a different style from politics as usual.

"You know this is a new day and frankly Mufi is not here and I'm here and he's got a new boss," said Carlisle.

That was in regard to cabinet appointments that have stayed over from Hannemann's administration some of whom Carlisle is still deliberating on.

"I'm learning a lot about the new people that are there, some I'm not as confident in," said Carlisle.

Unlike some politicians Carlisle doesn't hide his thoughts.  Case in point, the news conference about his transition office where he was seen rolling his eyes at acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell.  Then he proceeded to put his feet up at his own makeshift office in the courtyard at Honolulu Hale.

He mixes in humor with sometimes serious issues.  Here's his response to a question about the Planning and Permitting Director's experience.

"Well if that means he protected me from the multiple lawsuits by the ACLU than I like him for that too, no I'm unaware of that," said Carlisle.

He's already predicted more lawsuits on his hardnosed stance on homelessness.

"It's not like homelessness hasn't been around for a million years, it's been around since skid row in Los Angeles.  So this is one of those things like why don't we just get rid of prostitution, ok well we've never done that, it's not going to happen.  The only thing you can do is control it," said Carlisle.

Carlisle says he's a delegator and joked even the new bus listens.

"Well so far as I was driving over, it was a very very friendly bus, and I noticed that it kneeled when I got out of it and I thought that was appropriate deference, I was proud of the bus for doing that," laughed Carlisle, again rolling his eyes.

He says being mayor is all about people skills.

"If I'd say there's anything I'm surprised about it's how easy it's been to jump into his job and frankly it's a lot of fun," said Carlisle.

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