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Democratic Party Of Hawaii

The Democratic Party of Hawaii has dominated government, politics and policy in the islands for more than half a century. While there have been a handful of Republicans elected to high office, it has usually been the exception and involved strong candidates who faced weak Democratic opponents. The number of Republicans holding office in Hawaii declined under Republican Gov. Linda Lingle, who was elected in 2002 and will left office at the end of 2010.

Only two Republicans, Pat Saiki and Charles Djou, have been elected to the U.S. House. A former state legislator, Saiki served two terms before running unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 1990 and governor in 1994. Djou won the May 22, 2010, special election for the 1st Congressional District.

Only one Republican, Hiram Fong, has represented the state in the U.S. Senate.

Although a party system developed following the 1887 Bayonet Constitution that took power away from the Hawaiian monarchy, political parties in Hawaii first became dominant when Hawaii was a territory (1900-1959). During that time, Republicans dominated the Legislature through groups such as the Missionary Party, which was formed by the descendants of Protestant missionaries from New England who first arrived in the early 19th century. Republicans at the time largely represented business interests and the ruling elite of white men. Some members were instrumental in the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy. Democrats took over control of the Legislature in 1954.

Chang Raises, Spends 3 Times More Than Slom In Senate Race Flickr: Images_of_Money

Chang Raises, Spends 3 Times More Than Slom In Senate Race

With few exceptions, Democrats are winning the money game against Republican opponents in key state House and Senate races.

Clinton And Trump Supporters Make Some Noise In Hawaii Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Clinton And Trump Supporters Make Some Noise In Hawaii

The state campaigns intensify their get-out-the-vote efforts as the polls tighten and Election Day approaches.

Party Sues To Stop Bigoted Candidate From Running As Dem kaaihue4congress.com

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.
Bernie Delegate May Get Booted From Party Over Flipping The Bird C-SPAN screenshot

Bernie Delegate May Get Booted From Party Over Flipping The Bird

Other top Hawaii Democrats are also under fire for backing well-known Republicans.
Hawaii Democrats To Challenge Kaaihue’s Candidacy Facebook

Hawaii Democrats To Challenge Kaaihue’s Candidacy

UPDATED: The Republican running for the 2nd Congressional District has filed to run as a Democrat in the special election to fill the 1st District seat.
Open Primary System Upheld Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Open Primary System Upheld

A federal appeals court judge said the Democratic Party failed to show a "clear and present danger."
Hawaii Democrats Gather For Continuity As Much As Unity Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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.
Caldwell, Djou Headed For Runoff In Honolulu Mayor’s Race Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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.
Caldwell Touts Democratic Support Caldwell For Mayor

Caldwell Touts Democratic Support

The Honolulu mayor is running campaign ads featuring Gov. David Ige.
Convention Delegate Doesn’t Regret Flipping The Bird In Philly C-SPAN screenshot

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.
How Two Different People Could Win The Same US House Seat Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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.
Hawaii GOP Chair Wants Democratic Senator Removed From The Ballot Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii GOP Chair Wants Democratic Senator Removed From The Ballot

UPDATED: A lawsuit alleges that Sen. Laura Thielen filed incomplete nomination papers with the state Office of Elections.

November 2016

Friday, November 4

Chang Raises, Spends 3 Times More Than Slom In Senate Race

Clinton And Trump Supporters Make Some Noise In Hawaii

September 2016

Friday, September 16

Party Sues To Stop Bigoted Candidate From Running As Dem

Thursday, September 8

Bernie Delegate May Get Booted From Party Over Flipping The Bird

August 2016

Friday, August 26

Hawaii Democrats To Challenge Kaaihue’s Candidacy

Monday, August 15

Open Primary System Upheld

Sunday, August 14

Hawaii Democrats Gather For Continuity As Much As Unity

Saturday, August 13

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

Monday, August 8

Caldwell Touts Democratic Support

July 2016

Wednesday, July 27

Convention Delegate Doesn’t Regret Flipping The Bird In Philly

Wednesday, July 20

How Two Different People Could Win The Same US House Seat

June 2016

Thursday, June 16

Hawaii GOP Chair Wants Democratic Senator Removed From The Ballot

Wednesday, June 15

Djou Gets Some Democratic Support In Campaign For Mayor

May 2016

Sunday, May 29

Bernie’s Backers Prevail At Democratic State Convention

Takai Indicates Support For Hanabusa

Saturday, May 28

David Ige On Hawaii Democrats: ‘We Embrace Diversity’

Wednesday, May 25

4 Vie For Democratic Party Chair

Tuesday, May 24

Hanabusa To Run For Takai’s Seat In Congress?

Saturday, May 21

Hawaii Republicans Unite Behind Donald Trump, But Not Unanimously

Friday, May 13

Sanders Backers Dispute Delegate Count

Wednesday, May 11

Hirono’s Pineapple PAC Seeks To Help Dems Retake The US Senate

Tuesday, May 10

New Political Parties Get Their Shot On Hawaii Ballots This Year

March 2016

Tuesday, March 29

Caucus ‘Chaos’: Complaints Follow Hawaii Democrats’ Presidential Preference Poll

Saturday, March 26

Weekend At Bernie’s: Hawaii Democrats Embrace Sanders

Sunday, March 20

Honolulu ‘Feels The Bern’

Tuesday, March 8

Hawaii Republicans Hand Donald Trump Another Victory

Friday, March 4

Hawaii Voters Will Soon Get Their Say On Presidential Races

April 2015

Thursday, April 16

Neal Milner: Should a Democrat Ever Marry a Republican?

December 2012

Thursday, December 20

Who Wants To Be A U.S. Senator?

November 2012

Friday, November 30

Who Will Lead If Inouye and Abercrombie Leave Office?

September 2012

Wednesday, September 26

Democrats Might Censure Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz

August 2012

Thursday, August 23

Almost No Debt for Dems, But GOP Still Owes $66K

May 2012

Saturday, May 26

Abercrombie: ‘There Is A War On Our Basic Values’

Tuesday, May 15

Off The Beat: The Mouse That Roared

February 2012

Tuesday, February 28

New Hawaii Political Boundaries Released

October 2011

Tuesday, October 18

Hawaii’s Early 2012 Donors Still Like Obama

September 2011

Monday, September 26

Hawaii GOP In Dire Financial Need

Wednesday, September 21

GOP Hierarchy Demands Kaauwai’s Resignation

May 2011

Wednesday, May 18

Hawaii GOP: Democrats Outspent Us 3-1 in 2010

September 2010

Monday, September 20

The Day After The 2010 Primary In Pictures