Political Radar

`Always can'

May 28th, 2014

May is the month for political speeches, with both major political parties holding their state conventions and several politicians declaring for office.

But several political insiders are talking about Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi's Hawaii Pacific University commencement speech on May 15 at the Blaisdell Arena.

Kenoi's speech was a blend of inspiration and humor, with references to Maya Angelou and Ralph Waldo Emerson mixed with pidgin-inflected local knowledge.

The mayor told graduates that he had a 1.8 grade point average coming out of high school, but went to Hawaii Community College before graduating with honors from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and then earning his law degree at the University of Hawaii.

Watch the speech here.

5 Responses to “`Always can'”

  1. Guido Sarducci:

    Malu Motta: “I need one governor so he can pardon me.”


  2. Especially Incognito:

    But does?

    Sounds like a sympathy speech. If he were so humble,
    he would just can do. I don't believe in many lawyers.

  3. Marilyn Lee:

    He will be Governor or Senator one day. Remember, Always can!, M

  4. Hawaiino:

    That video really shows how Billys skill set is unique, there's no other political figure on the state scene who can "fill the room" like he can. Hes not just talk either. As Mayor he's gotten more roads opened, more projects accomplished, and had an effective, positive administration despite governing through the recession. He's an upbeat, smart, aggressive leader who gets things done....he'd make a great Governor.
    Imua Billy!

  5. Sayer:

    I think it's a great angle...and inspiring!

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