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Can Late Senator’s Heir Hold Off Challengers In Big Island Race?

Kai Kahele wants to keep his late father’s seat in the Hawaii Senate, but he will have to get past two Democratic primary opponents.

EPA Directs Hawaii To Warn Public About Polluted Beaches

High levels of a bacteria widely used as an indicator of fecal contamination have been found on the south shore of Kauai.

Convention Delegate Doesn’t Regret Flipping The Bird In Philly

Hawaii’s Democratic Party chair apologized for the actions of Sanders supporter Chelsea Lyons Kent. But Kent isn’t apologizing.

The Ghost In The Big Island’s Political Machine

Incumbent Billy Kenoi isn’t among the 13 candidates for Hawaii County mayor, but his credit card scandal looms over the race.

‘That Ocean Belongs To Us,’ Former Governor Tells Feds

Several of Hawaii’s former top leaders join a rally opposing Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument expansion.

Why It’s So Hard To Find A Fresh Voice In Hawaii Politics

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz has an easy route to re-election. Oh, there are candidates who’d love to unseat him. They just struggle to get noticed.

Advocates For Elderly Sue State Over Inspections Of Care Homes

Kokua Council says the state health department has failed to meet a legal requirement to post inspections online and is unlawfully redacting information.

Hirono Campaign Has $558K

The U.S. senator hasn’t been raising much campaign cash. But she’s not up for election until 2018.

Voters Have Options, For A Change, In Race For Open Kauai Seat

The Democratic primary pits Nadine Nakamura against Fern Anuenue Rosenstiel.

It’s Your Money: Special Session’s Price Tag At Least $10,000

The Hawaii Legislature met for three days to override the governor’s veto of the Maui hospitals employee bill.

Darby Moves On After Drenching Islands; Cleanup Begins

UPDATED: The tropical storm dumped 7 inches of rain on East Oahu in three hours.

Valley Fever Risk Won’t Slow Flow Of Hawaii Inmates To Arizona

Hawaii may soon face legal claims over prisoners infected with valley fever, a disease endemic in the Southwest.

Between now and the Aug. 13 primary, we’ll be publishing articles about the candidates and issues, as well as videos about how the voting process works.
We’ve also reached out to every candidate to explain in their own words why they should be elected, and their responses are rolling in. Let’s go to the links:

Pod Squad: First He Got Frustrated, Then He Got In The Race For Mayor

Pod Squad: First He Got Frustrated, Then He Got In The Race For Mayor

Political novice Ron Hochuli says satisfying special interests has left the city “in very dire straits.”

Pod Squad: The Making Of ‘Electric Dreams’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: The Making Of ‘Electric Dreams’

Eric Pape discusses his ongoing series and how Hawaiian Electric’s development parallels and impacts the history of the islands.

Pod Squad: Is Mayor Kirk Caldwell In Trouble? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Is Mayor Kirk Caldwell In Trouble?

Rail likely will loom large in the Honolulu mayoral race, which is bad news for the incumbent.

Why The Hawaii GOP’s Only Senate Seat May Be In Jeopardy

Democrats Stanley Chang and Mike Bennett face off in the primary for a shot at veteran Republican legislator Sam Slom.

Ige Looks To Reduce Unsheltered Homeless To ‘Functional Zero’

The Hawaii governor unveils a four-year plan that calls for building 10,000 affordable housing units.

Schatz Shows Fundraising Prowess

Hawaii’s senior U.S. senator has a lot of money in the bank, yet he doesn’t face much of a challenge in the 2016 election.

Legislature Overrides Ige’s Veto Of Maui Hospital Workers Bill

UPDATED: The governor considered the measure too generous. Hawaii lawmakers aren’t sure what it will cost or where the money will come from.

How Two Different People Could Win The Same US House Seat

Come November, voters may be asked to elect short-term and long-term replacements for the late Mark Takai.

Tributes Pour In After Death of Congressman Mark Takai

The first-term Democratic congressman, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last October, died Wednesday at age 49.