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Hawaii Candidates Are Sick Of Answering So Many Questions

As special interest groups, labor unions and the media try to nail them down on issues, office-seekers decide which groups to respond to.

Djou To Skip PBS Honolulu Mayoral Debate With Caldwell

The challenger’s campaign said it never confirmed it would participate, but the station said otherwise.

Todd Simmons: Why Clinton’s Big Win Might Grow Even Bigger

An emphatic win before an audience of historic size, and Trump blaming the moderator and his microphone, may reset the race.

Candidate Q&A: Kauai County Council — Mason Chock

Candidate Q&A: Kauai County Council — Mason Chock

“Allowing an increase in density where projected growth is expected and has been planned is an important feature to control sprawl.”

Candidate Q&A: Kauai County Council — Gary Hooser

Candidate Q&A: Kauai County Council — Gary Hooser

“The infrastructure in many/most areas of Kauai is maxed out, especially the main state highway between Kapaa and Lihue.”

Why Is Ron Taketa Still On The Honolulu Police Commission?

Mayor Kirk Caldwell won’t talk about why he’s not either replaced or reappointed the carpenters union leader.

Party Sues To Stop Bigoted Candidate From Running As Dem

Angela Aulani Kaaihue is running as a Republican in one congressional race and as a Democrat in another. Now Democrats are suing to stop her from claiming she’s one of them.

Takai’s Legacy To Be Honored At 9/11 Fundraiser In NYC

The late congressman played a key role in passing legislation providing benefits for 9/11 first responders. They’ll remember his service next week.

Candidate Q&A: State House District 17 — Karlen Ross

Candidate Q&A: State House District 17 — Karlen Ross

“The main reason the Democratic Party does so well in Hawaii is that its core principles reflect our local values.”

Candidate Q&A: Kauai County Prosecutor — Lisa Arin

Candidate Q&A: Kauai County Prosecutor — Lisa Arin

“Jail overcrowding cannot be a deterrent from appropriate jail consequences in crimes involving victims.”

Candidate Q&A: Honolulu City Council — Ron Menor

Candidate Q&A: Honolulu City Council — Ron Menor

“I support consideration of all (rail) financing options not requiring increases in the city’s real property taxes.”

Candidate Q&A: Honolulu Prosecutor — Anosh Yaqoob

Candidate Q&A: Honolulu Prosecutor — Anosh Yaqoob

“It is not clear whether qualifications or connections matter more for employment at the Honolulu City Prosecutor’s Office.”

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:

We Had A Few Basic Questions For Candidates — Some Never Answered

There’s still time for candidates to take advantage of Civil Beat’s offer to tell voters where they stand on important issues.

New Caldwell Spot Attacks Djou For 9/11 Vote

The Honolulu mayor’s race took a negative turn with an appeal to voters’ emotions over the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and first responders.

Candidate Q&A: Honolulu Prosecutor — Keith Kaneshiro

Candidate Q&A: Honolulu Prosecutor — Keith Kaneshiro

“We have created a unit tasked with investigating and charging the owners of brothels operating as massage parlors or ‘relaxation salons.'”

Candidate Q&A: Maui County Council — Nāpua Greig-Nakasone

Candidate Q&A: Maui County Council — Nāpua Greig-Nakasone

“It is time for the county to engage in negotiations with Alexander & Baldwin to effectuate a transfer of the water transmission lines.”

Bernie Delegate May Get Booted From Party Over Flipping The Bird

Other top Hawaii Democrats are also under fire for backing well-known Republicans.

Djou Rakes In Campaign Cash, Caldwell Spends Heavily

The latest campaign finance filings in the Honolulu mayor’s race were made public Friday.