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Honolulu's first and only woman mayor dies at age 93

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Former Honolulu Mayor Eileen R. Anderson died on Nov. 3, 2021, at the age of 93.

HONOLULU — The first and only woman to serve as mayor of Honolulu died earlier this month at age 93.

Eileen Anderson, who was mayor from 1981 to 1985, died Nov. 3, Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi announced Tuesday.

She defeated incumbent mayor Frank Fasi in 1980 with 70% of the vote, Blangiardi said.

She was also the first person to be director of Hawaiʻi's Department of Budget and Finance, according to Blangiardi.

Gov. David Ige ordered flags of the United States and Hawaiʻi fly at half-staff at all state offices and agencies, as well as the Hawaiʻi National Guard, on Wednesday.

“Former Mayor Anderson was a trailblazer who was an inspiration to girls and young women who aspire to enter the political arena or become leaders in their chosen fields," Ige said in a statement.

Blangiardi also ordered flags be flown at half-staff at all city facilities on Wednesday.

"She is a terrific role model for all young girls, and for all the scrappy underdogs who dream of great things. Her contributions to the City will live on in perpetuity," Blangiardi said in a statement.

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