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Mayor Blangiardi releases first episode of new One Oʻahu podcast

HONOLULU – Mayor Rick Blangiardi on Thursday released the first episode of his new podcast, The One Oʻahu Podcast with Mayor Rick Blangiardi, which is available now on most podcast platforms. The first episode includes a discussion on his affordable housing philosophy, details about the upcoming State of the City address, an announcement about a series of town hall meetings across Oʻahu, and answers to questions sent in by members of the public.

You can listen to the podcast and submit questions for Mayor Blangiardi at A select number of questions will be selected for each episode.

The first episode begins with a discussion about the launch of the podcast before quickly transitioning into a conversation about the mayor’s affordable housing approach (02:15).

“You know, it's about execution. It's about looking at this, it's about understanding problems. It's about trying to solve wicked problems, difficult problems,” said Mayor Blangiardi. “So, we're going after it. It should have been done a long time ago. There's really been no roadmap for that. This place is full of plans that never were, bookshelves lined with things that were beautifully written, well thought-out, heartened, well-intentioned people, hard work that just never happened. We're going to try to make may make things materialize.”

As revealed in Episode 1 of The One Oʻahu Podcast, Mayor Blangiardi will deliver his 3rd State of the City Address on March 14th at 11 a.m. He called this year’s speech a “challenge,” where he will acknowledge what has been accomplished up to this point by his Administration, but more importantly, lay out what the public can expect on the road ahead (13:20). 

Mayor Blangiardi also used The One Oʻahu Podcast
to announce details on an upcoming series of town hall meetings in communities across Oʻahu. The meetings are slated to begin the week after the mayor’s State of the City address, with the first two scheduled for March 21 and March 23, then one per week for the next nine weeks. The schedule for those meetings will be announced shortly and includes locations in each district across O‘ahu.

Directors and deputy directors from City departments will be joining the mayor to discuss the City’s plans as they relate to each district and take questions from the public (20:33).
The first episode of the One Oʻahu Podcast with Mayor Rick Blangiardi can be found on:

In the second episode, which will be released on Thursday, February 16, 2023, the executive director of the Mayor’s Office of Culture and Arts, Makanani Salā, will talk about all the ways to celebrate Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi or Hawaiian Language Month during the month of February.

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