Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi joined 280 of the nation’s mayors at the U.S. Conference of Mayors 82nd Winter Meeting on Monday in Washington, D.C.
Kenoi, chair of the Hawaii Conference of Mayors, will the meeting with Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa, and Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho.
The mayors will join President Barack Obama and members of his cabinet and other congressional leaders at the White House for a discussion of issues that affect municipalities, including trade, technology, climate change and affordable health care.
Participants at the conference will include U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, and Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors is designed to strengthen federal-city relationships, and promote effective national urban and suburban policy.
Managing Director Wally Lau will be acting mayor until Kenoi returns.