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

November 30, 2021 GMT

HONOLULU (AP) — 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 Hawaii’s Department of Budget and Finance, according to Blangiardi.

Gov. David Ige ordered flags of the United States and Hawaii fly at half-staff at all state offices and agencies, as well as the Hawaii 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.