Congratulations to Gary B. Cabato for 25 Years of Dedicated Service to the City and County of Honolulu

5 10 2016

 

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Parks Deputy Director Jeanne Ishikawa, Gary Cabato and Parks Director Michele Nekota.

Born and raised in Kalihi and a proud graduate of Farrington High School, Gary B. Cabato has demonstrated the highest commitment to the people of the City and County of Honolulu and his services are greatly appreciated. In 1965, he was drafted into the United States Army, the beginning of a distinguished 28-year career—which included two tours in Vietnam, the invasion of Nicaragua, and Desert Storm in Iraq—a testament to his bravery and loyalty to his country. During his tenure in the military, Mr. Cabato successfully managed his time as a full-time soldier, husband, father, and student, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Social Psychology. He also received his Masters of Science Degree in Human Resource Management from Chapman University, graduating with distinction while deployed in Saudi Arabia. He retired at the rank of Command Sergeant Major on May 1, 1992.

That same year, Mr. Cabato was hired by the City and County of Honolulu’s then-Department of Public Works as a Human Resource Specialist IV. Recognized for his strong leadership and dedication, Mr. Cabato was promoted to Specialist V in the Department of Parks and Recreation and progressed rapidly up the ranks to become the Assistant Parks Maintenance and Recreation Services Administrator. In 2002, Mr. Cabato was promoted to Executive Assistant II of the Executive Services Division of the Parks Department and was named Manager of the Year for the City and County of Honolulu.

He later headed the Parks Department’s Personnel Services and Management Services Divisions in addition to fulfilling his responsibilities as Assistant Park Maintenance and Recreation Services Administrator. Working sixteen-hour days and showing up consistently on Saturdays and Sundays, Mr. Cabato was regarded as the Department’s “Superman” and “Go-To Person” due to his commitment, ability to work with people, and his excellent time management skills. His development of a vehicle fleet inventory replacement schedule was commended for its long-term benefit to the Department.

During his tenure in the Department, Mr. Cabato’s unwavering conviction to transparency and honesty led him to establish professional development programs for supervisors in various departments. His revitalization of parks maintenance standards received national recognition in numerous publications, including working with neighborhood boards and community groups to improve park programs and maintenance.

As an active church member, Mr. Cabato serves as a Third Degree Knight of Columbus participating in food drives and assisting seniors and families complete home repairs and building new homes with the Habitat for Humanity. Currently, Mr. Cabato resides in Mililani and is married to Lynn Cabato, Director of the Head Start program for the Honolulu Community Action Program, Inc. They have four children, David, Dondi, Deandra and Katherine, and four grandchildren, Eric, Kayla, Ethan and Annie.

Therefore, on behalf of the people of the City and County of Honolulu, the Honolulu City Council hereby honors and recognizes Gary B. Cabato for his dedicated service to the City and County of Honolulu.   The Council further extends to Mr. Cabato and his family, a warmest aloha and best wishes for continued success in all future endeavors.

 


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