A month later, Ben Cayetano — Hawaii's former governor, a legendary politician who had slipped from public life and was writing his memoirs — announced he was coming out of retirement and running for mayor of Honolulu with one primary goal in mind: Stop the rail.
The 72-year-old entered the race with
a robust lead in the polls, pledging to save the city from "a wall of
concrete snaking along its waterfront." Bucking the moneyed power
structure that was so much his milieu during eight years in the
statehouse, Cayetano has been appearing at chili-and-rice feeds in
school gyms with PowerPoint slides of massive rail tracks looming in
front of the famed Aloha Tower.
"This is the most expensive per-capita rail project in U.S. history," he said.
Honolulu rail project up in the air, again - latimes.com
Honolulu’s controversial rail project has been derailed in federal court. This after Ninth Circuit Court Judge Wallace Tashima ruled today in HonoluluTraffic.com v. Federal Transit Administration et al that the city violated federal law on major three counts.
On December 12, the plaintiffs will return to court to ask the judge
to grant a permanent injunction against the city, which could halt the
rail project for good.
Honolulu’s Controversial Rail Project is Derailed in Federal Court | Hawaii Reporter