Edit ModuleShow Tags

Ben Cayetano Runs a Full Page Ad Asking Donald Trump to Yank Funding for Rail

In The Washington Post ad, the former Hawai‘i governor recalls meeting Trump at a Miss Universe pageant in Honolulu.


Published:

Honolulu Rail Project

Photo: Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit 

 

Ben Cayetano really wants to stop Honolulu’s rail project, and he’s hoping President Donald Trump will help kill it. Today, the former Hawai‘i governor took out a full-page ad in the Washington Post directly addressing Trump, asking him to yank federal funding for rail.

 

“Honolulu’s rail project does not deserve a single dollar more from the federal government,” Cayetano writes. “The FTA should terminate its Full Funding Grant Agreement with the City, keep the $800 million, and use it for a worthy transit project.”

 

Cayetano brings up that one time he met Trump back in 1998 at the Miss Universe pageant, and asks him to preserve Hawai‘i’s natural beauty. He acknowledges that he opposed Trump’s candidacy, but writes, “I must admit, however, that you are on the right track scrutinizing wasteful spending on pork barrel projects.” He also took a swipe at the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, saying the rail project only got this far because of the powerful legislator’s backing.

 

Check out the full ad, paid for by the Princess Abigail K. Kawānanakoa Foundation, below. Will Trump read it? We may well find out on Twitter soon.

 

Read More Stories by Michael Keany 

 

Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Subscribe to Honolulu

Honolulu Magazine December 2018
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Trending

 

9 Greatest Honolulu Homes

Great Homes

Stunning, historic, extraordinary.

 

Can the Mainland Do Poke Right? Do We Want Them To?​

Poke

Martha Cheng, author of The Poke Cookbook and former line, talks about how a New York City publisher decided Hawai‘i’s favorite pūpū was for everybody.

 

50 Essential Hawai‘i Books You Should Read in Your Lifetime

Books

The most iconic, trenchant and irresistible island books, as voted by a panel of literary community luminaries.

 

Everything You Need to Know About Local Fruit in Hawai‘i

Fruit

Fruits are part of our history and culture, a way for us to feel connected to our community.

 

 

A Local’s Guide to Buying Reef-Safe Sunscreen

Sunscreen

Five Hawai‘i brands have created reef-safe sunscreens that are safe for your ʻohana and the ocean. 

Edit ModuleShow Tags