Hawaii 2nd Congressional District

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Hawaii has two congressional districts, the 1st and the 2nd. The 2nd district includes Kauai, Maui, the Hawaii Island, Lanai, Molokai, Kahoolawe, the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and the north and west regions of Oahu. The district contains 679,805 people.

Tulsi Gabbard is the district’s representative, having won the seat in the Nov. 6, 2012 election after Rep. Mazie Hirono resigned to run and win the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Daniel Akaka. Gabbard was re-elected in 2016.

After upsetting veteran politician and former Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann in the primary, Gabbard was tagged by national Democrats as a rising star.


The 2nd district is large and diverse culturally and economically. But it’s a solid Democratic seat. It has never been represented by a Republican in Congress.

The 2nd district houses some of Hawaii’s most iconic venues and businesses. These include Haleakala National Park on Maui and Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. The town of Hilo, also on the island of Hawaii, hosts the Merrie Monarch Festival and is home to the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation. Kauai, the “Garden Isle,” has helped inject millions of dollars into the Hawaiian economy through film and television productions.

Much of the 2nd district is rural. It figures largely in Hawaii’s ranching and plantation history. Oahu’s North Shore is one of the state’s major attractions, bringing visitors from around the world to witness its massive winter waves and enjoy the historic town of Haleiwa.


From statehood in 1959 until 1963, Hawaii sent a lone representative to the U.S. House of Representatives. The 1960 U.S. Census determined that the population of Hawaii was large enough to be entitled to a second representative, but the Census results couldn’t apply until the 1962 election. In January of 1963, Hawaii swore in and sent two at-large representatives who were elected statewide.

In 1971, the state created its two districts, the 1st Congressional District, which consisted primarily of urban Oahu, and the 2nd Congressional District, which consisted of the rest of the state.

Since the district’s creation in 1977, it has only elected Democratic representatives: Daniel Akaka (1977-1990), Patsy Mink (1990-2002), Ed Case (2002-2007) and Mazie Hirono (2007-2012) and Tulsi Gabbard (2012-present).

Hawaii 2nd Congressional District

November 2017

Monday, November 13

Chad Blair: Why Would Anyone Want To Run For Congress?

October 2016

Tuesday, October 18

Judge: Angela Kaaihue’s Name To Remain On Ballot — Twice

August 2016

Friday, August 26

Hawaii Democrats To Challenge Kaaihue’s Candidacy

Monday, August 22

Hawaii GOP Appears Stuck With Angela Aulani Kaaihue

July 2016

Sunday, July 24

Gabbard Wants More Campaign Cash

Wednesday, July 20

How Two Different People Could Win The Same US House Seat

Sunday, July 17

Gabbard: $1.9M Cash On Hand

Thursday, July 7

House: Bar Women From Draft

June 2016

Tuesday, June 14

Seeking Third Term, Gabbard Focuses On Defense, Foreign Policy

Tuesday, June 7

Djou Jumps Into Mayor’s Race; Aiona Opts Not To Run At All

May 2016

Tuesday, May 24

Hanabusa To Run For Takai’s Seat In Congress?

Tuesday, May 10

New Political Parties Get Their Shot On Hawaii Ballots This Year

November 2014

Tuesday, November 4

Hawaii 2nd Congressional District: Gabbard Cruises to Re-election

August 2014

Saturday, August 9

Hawaii Congressional Districts: Takai Triumphs

July 2013

Monday, July 29

A Tale of Two Hawaiis

June 2013

Saturday, June 1

Want To Run For Congress? Political Insiders Only, Please

May 2013

Thursday, May 16

Will A New Federal Shield Law Replace The Soon-To-Be-Dead Hawaii Law?

October 2012

Monday, October 29

Civil Beat Poll – Hanabusa Expands Lead Over Djou In Race for Congress

Thursday, October 4

Civil Beat Poll – Dems Lead Congress Races

August 2012

Monday, August 13

Lingle: Hirono Missed 127 Votes In Congress This Year

Thursday, August 9

Gabbard Completes Upset By Crushing Hannemann

Déjà Vu As Gabbard, Hannemann Fight for Senators’ Support

Thursday, August 2

Civil Beat Poll – Tulsi Leaves Mufi In Her Dust

July 2012

Tuesday, July 31

Trailing Gabbard, Hannemann Gives Campaign $150K

Friday, July 13

Social Issues Center In First Televised Hawaii Congress Debate

Thursday, July 12

Candidates for 2nd Congressional District Stress Background

Tuesday, July 10

Gabbard Files FEC Complaint Against Hannemann

June 2012

Monday, June 11

Civil Beat Poll – Stunning Turnaround In Hawaii’s CD2 Race

March 2012

Saturday, March 31

Hannemann Courts GOP Donors On Guam

December 2011

Friday, December 23

2011 Year in Review — DC808

Wednesday, December 21

Hawaii Election 2012: A Preview

October 2011

Friday, October 28

Hannemann Radio Show Doesn’t Cross Legal Line

September 2011

Tuesday, September 6

The Story of Mufi Hannemann and Tulsi Gabbard

August 2011

Wednesday, August 31

Gabbard’s Six Unions Didn’t Go for Mufi Last Time, Either

Sunday, August 14

CD2, Anyone? Anyone?

Saturday, August 6

Redistricting Panel OKs Plan to Include Ko Olina in 1st Congressional District

October 2010

Thursday, October 28

Hirono Spends $1M On Campaign, Willoughby Misses Deadlines

Saturday, October 9

Palin Endorses John Willoughby, Snubs Civil Beat

September 2010

Friday, September 24

Mazie Hirono Answers 10 Questions from Civil Beat

John Willoughby Answers 10 Questions From Civil Beat

Wednesday, September 22

Congressional Candidates Answer Civil Beat Questions

Tuesday, September 21

Mazie Hirono Against John Who? In 2nd Congressional District

Wednesday, September 15

General Election Set for U.S. Congress Races

Thursday, September 9

Discussion: Hawaii 2nd Congressional District Election

Wednesday, September 8

Hirono Raises $800K In No-Contest Race

July 2010

Thursday, July 15

With Friends Like These …

June 2010

Friday, June 18

Hawaii Links For Friday, June 18