City says APEC under budget, no arrests

By Ben Gutierrez - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu city officials said that the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit went as well as it would have, considering the scope of the event and its worldwide implications.

Even with 19 world leaders and thousands more on Oahu because of APEC, everything went off well enough to show that Hawaii is a first-class destination for business and diplomacy, along with tourism, according to Mayor Peter Carlisle.

"There is no doubt that we can hold our own with any city in the United States and many cities in the world in terms of our ability to bring a very significant event together," Carlisle said.

Carlisle said the city had budgeted $43 million for APEC, including $18 million for the Honolulu Police Department.

While final totals aren't available yet, the mayor and police chief believe that the event will come in under budget.

"One of the first questions you ask is was it a success?'Yes. Was everybody safe? Yes. Did we come under budget? Yes," Kealoha said.

"We needed to get some insurance for the event and it was budgeted at $5 million, but it came in around $3 million, so we saved a couple million dollars there," said Carlisle. "There was as contingency fund of $8.6 million, and it looks right now that we're not going to have to take a penny."

There were also concerns of the potential of APEC to attract more protestors to Hawaii, resulting in more arrests. But Kealoha said it was significant that it didn't happened.

"I don't know if it's ever happened in any large event like this, but arrests for APEC, just concerning it, we didn't have any arrests at all," Kealoha said. He also noted that overall calls to police for service were down 28 percent during the summit.

As for the traffic delays while waiting for passing motorcades or trying to get into Waikiki, Carlisle apologized, but also expressed thanks.

"We're here today to say mahalo to everyone on Oahu for their hospitality, cooperation and patience during this event," he said.

Carlisle also said some APEC related improvements, like those made to Nimitz Highway and Waikiki, now need to be maintained.

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