HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu City Council will undergo new organizational changes this week.
Councilman Ron Menor will replace Ernie Martin, who served as chair for more than five years. Councilmember Joey Manahan is expected take over the powerful budget committee, replacing Ann Kobayashi.
Councilmember Ikaika Anderson will head of the new Transportation and Planning Committee, which will oversee the rail project. Kymberly Pine will chair the Zoning and Housing committee, replacing Trevor Ozawa.
The new council leadership replaces a group that often clashed with Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell's administration. Several also supported his opponent Charles Djou, who lost the mayor's race last month.
Meanwhile, Caldwell will begin his second four-year term with a swearing-in ceremony Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Ala Moana Beach Park's McCoy pavilion. He faces a wealth of issues affecting Oahu, but perhaps one of the biggest is Honolulu's rail project and how to secure funding for the project.