Honolulu, Hawai'i 96810, United States
|| June 02, 1956
Feb 22, 2013 09:38pm
English - German - Polynesian - Latter Day Saints (Mormon) -
|Info||Hannemann, of Samoan-German-English parentage, was born and raised in Honolulu. He attended public schools in Kalihi before being accepted to Iolani School. During high school, he was student body president, recipient of the Headmaster�s Award, and an all-star athlete in basketball and football. He graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1976, where he majored in government, lettered in basketball, and was active in student government. Following his graduation, he studied in New Zealand as a Fulbright Scholar, then returned to Hawaii to teach history and coach varsity basketball at Iolani. |
Mufi has a diverse background in government, business, and politics. Hannemann began his public service as an administrative assistant to former Governor George Ariyoshi. His service was interrupted by a term as a special assistant with the U.S. Department of the Interior during the administration of President Jimmy Carter.
In 1983, he was selected from among 1,200 applicants nationwide for the prestigious White House Fellows program, serving on the staff of then Vice President George Bush in the Reagan Administration. Upon his return to Hawaii, he became an executive at C. Brewer and Company, Ltd., serving as vice president for corporate marketing and public affairs for this diversified agriculture company.
He left Brewer to become a member of Governor Waihee�s cabinet, first as director of the Office of International Relations, then later as director of the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism before being elected to the City Council. He was also appointed by President Clinton as the United States Representative to the South Pacific Commission.
Hannemann was elected outright to the Council in 1994 and was reelected in an uncontested race in 1998. In addition to being chairman of the Council, Hannemann chaired Council Committees on Planning, Economic Development, Transportation, and Cultural Affairs. He also founded the Military Affairs Advisory Task Force and chaired the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization.
He currently is a self-employed business consultant and an active volunteer with several non-profit organizations. He is the chairman of the board of the Fund for the Pacific Century and the founder of the Pacific Century Fellows Program. In collaboration with the Fellows, he edited the book, 21st Century Hawaii: 210 Great Ways to Get There.
Mufi also hosts a lively radio program on KUMU FM 94.7 every Saturday morning from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m.
He is married to Gail Akiko Mukaihata Hannemann, and they reside in Aiea, Hawaii.
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