Posted by: loomisisc | February 6, 2010

Former Honolulu Mayor Frank Fasi Remembered for Rail Transit

Mayor Fasi's 'SoukiYama' train. Click for HNN story.

Today, the residents of Honolulu mourn the loss of a great local leader, former Honolulu Mayor Frank Fasi.  In the obituaries remembering Fasi, he has been widely lauded as the man who made mass transit a reality on Oahu. He both established TheBus network and fought vigorously to build rail transit on the island. The links below provide further detail on how his rail dreams were dashed and hopefully show insight to how we can break ground for Mayor Hannemann’s train attempt.

Fasi remembered as rail champion – Hawaii News Now

“I was the finance chairman at that time and Yamasaki was the senate ways and means chairman and we were both giving Frank a hard time about rail. So Frank, to appease us, came with model train which I still have in my office and he named it “Soukiyama,” recalled Rep. Souki.

Frank Fasi: Political Accomplishments – KHON2

Angered by a dispute between drivers and management of the Honolulu Rapid Transit system during his early years as mayor, Frank Fasi went to Dallas, bought buses and started up the city’s own transit system.

Thanks for the ride, Mr. Mayor – The Honolulu Advertiser

“When the first buses arrived from Dallas, they had the news helicopters out there watching the ship come in. They set it (the first bus) down on the pier, and Fasi got in … and drove figure eights around the parking lot,” said Jim Loomis, Fasi’s director of information and complaint from 1971 to 1979.


  1. […] Advertiser was this article written by Jim Loomis, a Maui resident and former staffer of Honolulu Mayor Frank Fasi. Loomis opens with, “I’ve enjoyed traveling by train since I was a youngster and am […]

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