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George Caravalho was a great city manager. He was also my friend and mentor.

During my time working side-by-side with him at city hall, he taught me how a leader uses strength, persistence, humility, teamwork and a sense of humor to get things done.

A true people person with a quick smile and laid-back Hawaiian style, George was always a joy to be around.

He led our city during some of our most challenging times. In the city management profession, George left a legacy of accomplishments and dozens of protégés who went on to become city managers and other local government and private sector leaders.

George had a deep, lasting impact on me. I use what he taught me every day, and I will always be thankful for the chance I was given to know him.

Aloha, my friend.

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