Former Gov. Ben Cayetano Released from the Hospital

Former Gov. Ben Cayetano and his wife Vicky
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Former Gov. Ben Cayetano and his wife Vicky

Ben Cayetano was released at 5 p.m. today from the Queens Medical Center.

The former governor, now a candidate for Honolulu Mayor, was hospitalized since Sunday because of what doctors suspected was a bleeding ulcer.


On August 6, doctors performed an endoscopy and cauterized a blood vessel in his stomach. No additional problems were found, according to a statement from his campaign.

“After monitoring the former Governor’s progress, doctors released him at 5 p.m. today and he is expected to fully recover,” the statement said.

His wife Vicky Cayetano said they are “extremely thankful” to the many people who sent well-wishes for a speedy recovery.

“We are pleased with the news of his release as he will feel much better resting in the comfort of his own home as he prepares for this Saturday’s primary election,” Vicky said.

Polls show Cayetano with between 40 percent and 51 percent of the vote, while his two opponents, Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle and former Managing Director Kirk Caldwell, have considerably less.

Should anyone of the candidates secure 50 percent of the vote plus 1 vote on Saturday, August 11, they will be elected mayor. Otherwise the top two contenders will move into the General Election on November 6.