By BJ Reyes
From the "whatever happened to" department:
If you were wondering what former Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle has been up to, you can find out Friday. The 13th mayor of Honolulu will be taking part in a "beer summit" hosted by Rep. Gene Ward (R, Kalama Valley-Queen's Gate-Hawaii kai).
Carlisle has kept a low political profile since leaving office at the end of 2012. Last year he joined the Honolulu law firm of O’Connor, Playdon & Guben, where he is a partner specializing in local and international affairs.
A popular city prosecutor for 14 years, Carlisle won the mayor's job in 2010, beating out Kirk Caldwell, University of Hawaii professor Panos Prevedouros and former City Councilman Rod Tam, who was being investigated for misuse of Council funds, in a special election to fill the remaining two years in the term vacated by Mufi Hannemann, who stepped down to run for governor.
Carlisle lost the job two years later in a heated three-way primary with Caldwell, who emerged the winner, and former Gov. Ben Cayetano, who came out of retirement to try and stop the city's emerging rail transit system.