2016 Hawaii General Election Candidates
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Hawaii General Election

Honolulu Mayor

Charles Djou

• Updated on  September 13, 2016 at 2:11 pm
Having served in Congress, the state House, and for seven years on the Honolulu City Council, I believe I have the experience and ability to lead our city in tackling the pressing issues ahead. Read More

Kirk Caldwell

• Updated on  September 13, 2016 at 2:12 pm
My administration has proven its ability to respond to the many concerns of our residents, maintain a high level of services while trying to improve core services. Read More

U.S. Senate

Brian Schatz (D)

• Updated on  September 13, 2016 at 2:13 pm
I have served in the Senate since December 2012 with seats on the Appropriations and Commerce committees and previously served as the lieutenant governor and in the state House. Read More

John S. Carroll (R)

• Updated on  September 13, 2016 at 2:13 pm
I have a combined 10 years as a state representative and senator; 50 years practicing law, including experience as a JAG officer; 34 years in the military, including an Air Force commendation for authoring Hawaii’s Code of Military Justice. Read More

Michael Kokoski (L)

• Updated on  September 13, 2016 at 2:14 pm
I ran for U.S. Senate in 2014 and received more votes than any other Libertarian candidate in the history of the Libertarian Party in Hawaii. Read More

U.S. House

District 01 – Alan J.K. Yim (L)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 2:54 pm
I am a U.S. citizen and over 25 years old. America was founded by young people that wanted to help protect a society based on liberty. I represent that same brand of young energy needed in congress. Read More

District 01 – Colleen Wakako Hanabusa (D)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 2:53 pm
Having served over 15 years in the state Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, I have gained a thorough knowledge of both the legislative system and the issues that most concern our citizens. Read More

District 01 – Shirlene D. Ostrov (R)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 2:55 pm
I know that I can use my decades of leadership skills and service that will help Hawaii and our nation. Read More

District 01 – Yvonne Perry (N)

I have the intellectual knowledge of war from ancient times, Alexander the Great to now, and understand terrorism. Read More

District 02 – Tulsi Gabbard (D)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 2:56 pm
I learned as a child that true happiness comes from being of service. Having served in local, state and federal government, and deploying twice with the Army National Guard, I bring unique experience to represent Hawaii in Washington. Read More

U.S. House Special Election

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State Senate

District 01 – Kaialiʻi Kahele (D)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 2:58 pm
Sixteen years serving our country in the United States Air Force, with the majority of that time being a nation at war has given me unique experiences, opportunities and challenges many will never experience in their lifetimes. Read More

District 02 – Frederick F. Fogel (L)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 2:59 pm
We don’t need to increase taxes. Government needs to spend the money it receives more efficiently. Read More

District 02 – Russell E. Ruderman (D)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 2:59 pm
The same qualities that have enabled my success in business help me with political work: the ability to work collaboratively with a wide variety of people and form partnerships. Read More

District 08 – Ronald Dan Kouchi (D)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:05 pm
With over 30 years of service in various elected offices coupled with my business background and community service I believe that I am most qualified to continue to serve as a state senator. Read More

District 09 – Sam Slom (R)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:02 pm
Most accessible legislator; always available for meeting or assistance. Ability to get along with majority while being independent and disagreeing on issues without being disagreeable. Read More

District 09 – Stanley Chang (D)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:01 pm
Having knocked on tens of thousands of doors in East Honolulu, I listen to the community — and deliver. Read More

District 10 – Les Ihara Jr. (D)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:03 pm
I have gained extensive experience in my 22 years of service in the Senate and 8 in the House, mostly in leadership positions, and believe I can contribute to increased collaboration, transparency, and integrity in addressing state issues. Read More

District 11 – Brian T. Taniguchi (D)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:04 pm
I have served in the Senate for the past 22 years and previously in the House for 14 years. Read More

District 11 – C. Kaui Jochanan Amsterdam (R)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:06 pm
My numerous and diverse experiences and service as previously described contribute toward qualifying me to be a state senator. Read More

District 11 – Joe Kent (L)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:04 pm
My qualification: I am committed to defending your rights and your liberties. Most politicians do not even meet that basic qualification. Read More

District 13 – Harry Ozols (L)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:08 pm
I am not a politician or lawyer allowing me to see problems from outside the government and from a more human experience perspective. Read More

District 13 – Karl Rhoads (D)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:07 pm
My 10 years of experience in the state House and four years as chairman of the Judiciary Committee will enable me to hit the ground running in the Senate. Read More

District 13 – Rod Tam (R)

Knowledge and experiences in state legislative and administrative structure and process to legislate laws and resolve constituent problems, public community service, leadership and knowledge experiences. Read More
Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:08 pm

District 15 – Glenn Wakai (D)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:09 pm
I don't believe in throwing money at every societal problem. Leaders with creativity and dedication can come up with solutions. Partnering with the private sector needs to be considered in improving government services. Read More

District 15 – Roman Kalinowski (L)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:11 pm
I graduated UH-Manoa with a degree in economics and minors in political science, Spanish, and marine biology. Read More

District 19 – Will Espero (D)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:12 pm
I have been honored and privileged to represent Ewa Beach at the Capitol for 17 years. Extensive experience, strong knowledge of government, record of success. Read More

District 25 – Laura H. Thielen (D)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:13 pm
My work in private, nonprofit and government jobs gives me a unique understanding of how laws affect people, businesses and resources, and how state budgets and programs actually work. Read More

District 25 – Robert K. Nagamine (R)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:14 pm
My vast and varied experiences help me identify with the working families of our district. 33 years of military service with both the Hawaii Army and the Hawaii Air National Guard. Read More

State House

District 03 – Kealoha Pisciotta (G)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:16 pm
My experience with the nonprofit, government and technical sectors gives me a unique understanding of how to build consensus to achieve common goals. Read More

District 03 – Richard H.K. Onishi (D)

Over 30 years experience in leadership and management positions with strong team building, planning, and organizational skills. A proven record in sound decision-making in a wide variety of duties and responsibilities. Read More
Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:16 pm

District 04 – Joy San Buenaventura (D)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:17 pm
My over 30 years as a lawyer, mostly in general practice, serving the poor and the working class puts me in a position to know how everyday people are affected by the laws created by the legislature. Read More

District 04 – Luana Jones (N)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:17 pm
Born in Hawaii since before statehood, I have spent over 30 years of my life serving and advocating for people. Read More

District 06 – Nicole Lowen (D)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:18 pm
During my first four years in office, I have demonstrated my ability to be an effective leader for my community. My background is in education, urban planning, and environmental policy, all of which have helped to prepare me for this position. Read More

District 08 – Joe Souki (D)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:19 pm
Experience, former finance chairman, transportation chairman, and twice speaker of the House, business and community experience. Read More

District 11 – Daniel Pekus (R)

I’ve worked in the public sector (government contracts with) management/negotiating contracts and can work most issues to benefit all. Read More
Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:20 pm

District 14 – Nadine K. Nakamura (D)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:21 pm
I have served three years on the Kauai County Council and the last 2-1/2 years as the Kauai County managing director. Read More

District 16 – Victoria (Vickie) Franks (R)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:21 pm
I believe that what I’ve done in the past on a smaller scale makes me the perfect person to do this same thing on a larger scale. Read More

District 17 – Gene Ward (R)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:22 pm
I have 25 years of executive/diplomatic experience at the state level as a business owner and state representative. Read More

District 17 – Karlen Ross (D)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:22 pm
Hawaii and the Democratic Party, in many ways, is undergoing a generational transition. With my small business experience and deep respect for our local customs and traditions, I am someone who can help bridge the gap. Read More

District 19 – Bertrand (Bert) Kobayashi (D)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:22 pm
I served in the state House and Senate, 1978 to 1994, and try to improve the legislative product, process, and people. Read More

District 19 – Stephen N. Bischoff (R)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:22 pm
I’m running for representative because I believe in term limits. No member of our government should serve longer than 10 years. Read More

District 20 – Calvin K.Y. Say (D)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:22 pm
Since 1976 to the present, I have enjoyed serving the people of the state of Hawaii and the district that I represent throughout my career. Read More

District 20 – Julia E. Allen (R)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:22 pm
I have extensive experience in business. Now, with more than 10 years at the Capitol, I understand the legislative process. Read More

District 22 – Dennis B. Miller (D)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:24 pm
Creating a livable wage will end most homelessness and chronic unemployment. It will also save the taxpayers. Read More

District 22 – Kathryn Henski (R)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:24 pm
Having owned several small businesses, I have been responsible for employee hiring, payrolls and benefits. This has taught me the careful use of money, a much needed attribute in government. Read More

District 22 – Tom Brower (D)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:24 pm
As an elected official, I’ve been resourceful and proactive, dedicated to finding sensible solutions to constituents’ neighborhood concerns. Read More

District 24 – Della Au Belatti (D)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:24 pm
I am a 20-year resident of Makiki ... and I am willing to work hard to tackle the tough challenges of our times. Read More

District 24 – Larry Fenton (R)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:24 pm
I have a bachelor’s degree from a local university, Chaminade. I am an honorably discharged veteran. I am looking out for the people of Hawaii. Read More

District 24 – Michelle Tippens (L)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:24 pm
I am a good listener and a committed advocate for the desires of the people. I have been giving testimony at the Capitol for almost three years. I have no commercial allegiances or interests. Read More

District 28 – John Mizuno (D)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:24 pm
I have served as the vice speaker for the House of Representatives since 2012. I have served my district as its representative since 2006. Read More

District 29 – Daniel Holt (D)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:28 pm
The balance of community and legislative experience, along with being born and raised and living my entire life in this district, qualifies me to be our state representative. Read More

District 31 – Aaron Ling Johanson (D)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:28 pm
I strive to be a constructive, collaborative leader, prioritizing Hawaii’s needs over the politics as usual hyper-partisanship and political games. My highest priority as a state representative is to be a servant of my community. Read More

District 31 – Eric H.L. Ching (R)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:28 pm
Life experiences from family and business provide me with perspectives that are valuable in making quality decisions for both District 31 and Hawaii. Read More

District 34 – Gregg Takayama (D)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:28 pm
Our district needs someone willing to invest “sweat equity” and be an effective advocate. Read More

District 34 – Jaci Agustin (R)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:28 pm
Dedication, hard work and commitment are three hallmarks that I bring to every job I have done. Read More

District 35 – Roger Clemente (R)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:28 pm
My campaign is all about serving the people for better education, health, safety, economy, sustainability and to improve senior services/benefits. Read More

District 36 – Beth Fukumoto Chang (R)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:27 pm
I’ve served the Legislature in both elected and staff leadership capacities — often as the youngest to ever hold the position. Read More

District 36 – Marilyn B. Lee (D)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:28 pm
A veteran of 16 years service in the state House, serving as majority floor leader and vice chairwoman of House Finance Committee. Read More

District 37 – Ryan I. Yamane (D)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:28 pm
With the support of my community, I have had the honor to serve for the past 12 years. My background includes working with at-risk children and families and being an educator to our future leaders. Read More

District 40 – Bob McDermott (R)

Through hard work, passion, unrelenting effort and drive, I have proven one man can make a difference as I got Pono Choices reformed/revised. Read More
Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:28 pm

District 40 – Rose Martinez (D)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:28 pm
One of the many attributes I have is enough life experiences to relate to and understand the people and the compassion and love that I possess compels me to make life better for all. Read More

District 41 – Bryan Jeremiah (R)

I am a working-class guy with working-class values raising a family in Ewa. I’ve never been afraid to do an honest day’s work. Read More
Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:28 pm

District 43 – Andria Tupola (R)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:27 pm
I have served as the state House Representative for two years and have been able to understand issues, work with the community, and produce results. Read More

District 46 – Marcus R. Oshiro (D)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:28 pm
Martin Luther King, Jr. expresses it best — ” [A]nybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” Read More

District 46 – Scott Noltie (R)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:28 pm
I am a college-educated professional with 30 years of work experience, and I care deeply about my community and my state. Read More

District 47 – Feki Pouha (D)

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:28 pm
My collaborative experience, resulting success and realistic goals qualify my bid to serve. Read More

Honolulu City Council

District 05 – Ann Kobayashi

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:30 pm
I have served the public for many years representing neighborhoods in Oahu’s urban core as a state senator and City Councilmember. Read More

District 05 – Kimberly S. Case

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:30 pm
I am a newcomer with fresh ideas. I do not have a war chest of donated money which makes my positions on the issues truly objective. Read More

District 07 – Joey Manahan

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:30 pm
I currently serve on the City Council as chairman of the Committee on Transportation and as vice chairman of Budget. From 2006-2012, I was elected and re-elected to serve our community in the state House of Representatives. Read More

District 09 – Emil Svrcina

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:30 pm
Solid education, training and experience in disciplines other than politics. science, math, business. Read More

District 09 – Ron Menor

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 3:30 pm
During my first term, I have demonstrated my effectiveness in obtaining basic core services for my district including improvements to our roads, parks. Read More

Hawaii County Council

District 03 – Susan (Sue) Lee Loy

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 5:19 pm
I have 20-plus years with drafting, creating and passing legislative rules and policies for various legislative bodies, boards and commissions at the community, county and state level. Read More

District 04 – Eileen Ohara

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 5:19 pm
I’ve lived in lower Puna 35 years serving as president for two homeowner associations and participating in neighborhood watch. I’m a people person who gets things done responsibly. Read More

Kauai County Council

Arryl Kaneshiro

• Updated on  July 28, 2016 at 8:27 pm
My core values were shaped by this community through family, teachers, and coaches. Read More

Derek S.K. Kawakami

I believe that my diverse background in both the public sector and private sector qualifies me as a viable candidate. Read More
Updated on  July 22, 2016 at 8:21 pm

Gary L. Hooser

• Updated on  July 17, 2016 at 8:27 pm
My experience and proven track record in business and in government at both the state and the county level. Read More

Juno Ann Apalla

Aiming to bridge inequities between government leadership and community feedback, I will myself to accomplish this task with integrity by actively seeking multiple sources for feedback. Read More

Mason K. Chock Sr.

• Updated on  July 16, 2016 at 6:27 pm
My background in leadership development along with my values provide a clear vision for the future. Read More

Matt Bernabe

• Updated on  July 16, 2016 at 6:25 pm
I’m educated on all the significant issues with a public position on record for all of them. I use critical thinking while truly caring about Kauai’s unique lifestyle. Read More

Mel Rapozo

• Updated on  July 23, 2016 at 9:11 pm
Born and raised on Kauai and very familiar with the issues facing Kauai. Have served on the Kauai County Council for 12 of last 14 years. Read More

Norma Doctor Sparks

• Updated on  July 25, 2016 at 8:04 pm
I will use my deputy attorney general experience to consider consequences and legality of Council actions. Read More

Maui County Council

Dain P. Kane

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 5:18 pm
Elected to Maui County Council’s Wailuku - Waihee - Waikapu residency seat from 1999 through 2006. Read More

Gabe Johnson

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 5:18 pm
I believe that I have a wide world view that is inclusive of all types of cultures, beliefs, and life experiences. Read More

Kelly Takaya King

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 5:18 pm
As an involved citizen, education and sustainability champion, and local business owner, I understand the balance required for smart growth and the responsibility of leadership for the greater good. Read More

Mike White

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 5:18 pm
I have decades of experience in the visitor industry, which provides over 75 percent of the county’s economic activity. Read More

Napua Greig-Nakasone

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 5:18 pm
My background in education and business enable me to effectively communicate with diverse communities in order to bring them to a similar understanding. Read More

Stacy Crivello Helm

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 5:18 pm
I have been serving on the Maui County Council for three fulfilling years and I am seeking re-election. My experience with community advocacy allows me the partner and collaborate to pursue policies to serve my constituents. Read More

Trinette K. Furtado

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 5:18 pm
I will bring new energy, a different perspective and the collective voice of the people back to county governance and back in charge of our county corporation. Read More

Yuki Lei Kashiwa Sugimura

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 5:18 pm
I have included the community, building coalitions, finding common ground and implementing workable solutions. Read More

Honolulu Prosecutor

Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Haunani Apoliona
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Haunani Apoliona

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 5:11 pm
Kuleana, disciplined, fair and ethical treatment of self and others to achieve priorities individually and collectively. Read More

Keli'i Akina
Keli'i Akina

Keli‘i Akina

Keli'i Akina

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 5:10 pm
I am the leading voice to oppose government dividing Hawaii into separate racial nations. I have taken legal and community action to preserve the aloha spirit. Read More

Mililani B. Trask

• Updated on  September 10, 2016 at 5:11 pm
I am an attorney and understand legal fiduciary obligations of a trustee. I previously served as an OHA trustee. Read More