|Name||Frank F. Fasi|
Honolulu, Hawai'i , United States
|| August 27, 1920
|Died||February 03, 2010
Aug 12, 2012 02:07am
Caucasian - Italian - Moderate-to-Conservative - Pro-Life - U.S. Marine Corps - Christian -
|Info||East Hartford, Connecticut native Frank F. Fasi is an eccentric man, a legend in Hawai'ian politics. He was Mayor of Honolulu from 1968 to 1980 and again from 1984 to 1994. |
Often called the "Father of Modern Honolulu," Fasi is credited for having built the basic infrastructure and foundations upon which the modern, world-class Pacific metropolis was built on. He bought old buses from Texas and turned it into what is now the "Best Transit System in North America," according to the American Public Transportation Association. He built most of the civic centers, parks and major city arteries. He also built the Aloha Stadium, home to the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl and the NFL Pro-Bowl.
Fasi graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in 1942 with a Bachelor of Art degree in history.
He served in World War II in the United States Marine Corps. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain in 1956. Upon discharge, Fasi went into business as owner of a contracting, salvage and building supply business, Frank Fasi Supply Co.
Fasi won his first election in 1958, taking a seat in the territorial senate. In 1964, he became a Honolulu City Councilman. Four years later, he would defeat D.G. Anderson to become Mayor of Honolulu, an office he would serve out until 1980. That year, he was defeated by former State Budget Director Eileen Anderson.
In 1982 Fasi created a third party, Independent Democratic Party and ran for governor, losing to George R. Ariyoshi.
Fasi made a dramatic, major comeback in 1984 as a Republican, winning back Honolulu Hale [City Hall] to become its mayor once again. He would serve as mayor until 1994, when he resigned to run for governor on the Best Party ticket.
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