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Will Hawaii Dems’ Progressive Movement Have Staying Power?

UPDATED: Energized by the Sanders presidential campaign and hot-button local issues, a handful of newcomers spiced up primary races.

Hawaii GOP Appears Stuck With Angela Aulani Kaaihue

As offensive as the congressional nominee’s views on ethnicity and religion are, there is little that the Republican Party can do to make her go away.

Hawaii GOP Chair Denounces His Own Party’s US House Nominee

Angela Aulani Kaaihue is slammed for “bigoted” and “vulgar” comments about Democratic candidates, including her opponent, Tulsi Gabbard.

Can Hawaii’s Voter Turnout Get Any Lower Than This?

On Sunday, Democratic leaders were lamenting the fact that only 34.7 percent of the electorate bothered to cast ballots.

Hawaii Democrats Gather For Continuity As Much As Unity

The morning after the primary election, leaders of Hawaii’s ruling political party reveled in their control over the state but called for a concerted march toward Nov. 8.

Two OHA Seats Will Head To A Nov. 8 Runoff

Colette Machado has won her Molokai seat but the at-large seat and Hawaii Island seat will be on the general election ballot.

Pine’s Big Lead Means No Runoff

Here are the results for all County Council primary races across the islands.

Voters Returning Most Incumbents To The Legislature

Reps. Isaac Choy, Cindy Evans, Sam Kong, Jo Jordan and Sen. Russell Ruderman faced the closest contests in Hawaii’s Democratic primary.

Caldwell, Djou Headed For Runoff In Honolulu Mayor’s Race

The mayor barely outpolled his primary challenger, but neither candidate garnered a majority of the vote, so they both advance.

Harry Kim Wins Big Island Mayor Race

Former managing director Wally Lau finished a distant second.

Schatz, Gabbard And Hanabusa Win Congressional Primaries

Sen. Brian Schatz and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard are running for re-election, while former Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is seeking to return to Congress.

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:

LIVE BLOG: Hawaii Primary Election 2016

Civil Beat’s coverage of Hawaii’s primary election starts here with reports from the field, community comments and more on the races.

Hawaii Voters Are Mailing It In

Walk-in voting continues to decline as the choice of those balloting early, according to island counties’ Friday tallies.

It Pays To Be An Incumbent In The Hawaii Legislature

Our chart depicts how lawmakers running for re-election have collected far more money than challengers — in most cases.

Tulsi Gabbard’s Rising Fortunes Didn’t Prevent A Feisty Challenge

Shay Chan Hodges says the congresswoman doesn’t truly represent her district, so she decided to give voters a choice.

Incumbents Look To Hold Off Reformers In OHA Trustee Elections

Trustees Apoliona, Machado and Lindsey want another term. Could high-profile challengers upset the status quo?

How Will Honolulu’s Next Mayor Pay To Finish The Rail Project?

UPDATED: Kirk Caldwell, Peter Carlisle and Charles Djou have ideas for completing the rail line but no one is sure where the money will actually come from.