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Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi plans to relax

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By Diane Ako - bio | email and Jessica Hamamoto

MOILIILI (KHNL) - She's going to take a little time off. That's what Ann Kobayashi plans to do now that the Honolulu mayoral race is over- with someone else as the winner. The Honolulu city councilwoman will keep her seat until the term is up at the end of the year, and after that, she says she wants to relax.

Kobayashi's supporters of all ages gathered at the Japanese Cultural Center in Moiliili on Tuesday night to pray for a win. But it wasn't to be. Kobayashi ceded the race shortly after the third print at 9:30 p.m. Taking the stage after the final numbers came out, she put on a game face and thanked supporters. "We made a difference in Hawaii! We got our word out. If we had more money we could've gotten more words out. But we did what we could."

Senator Colleen Hanabusa, a Kobayashi supporter, told the crowd, "We stood for what we believed in, and we all believed in Ann Kobayashi!"

She says the rail issue played a large part of her loss, but her lack of funds was the biggest factor. "Stop Rail Now also had a lack of money. They couldn't put out a lot of ads. I was hoping money wouldn't be the deciding factor, but I guess it is."

The city councilwoman says she now plans to take time off. "I'm looking forward to being able to travel," she said.

As for future political aspirations, she said she's retired. "More, it'll be helping someone run," she said, and reminded me she was 71 years young. Kobayashi says she has no regrets about this race because she met great people and got out her message about rail.

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