Hawaii is the only state that holds its statewide primary election on a Saturday. This year, the primary is Aug. 13.

The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. but Hawaii also has a robust mail-in voting process. In 2014, 56 percent of voters dropped their ballots in the mail in the weeks before Election Day. Early voting has become such a factor that candidates time their campaigns to take advantage of it.


The race for president of the United States will top the Nov. 8 general election ballot, but Hawaii’s preferences for the Democratic and Republican nominees for president were decided in caucuses, rather than the primary election. Both parties held their caucuses in March this year; the Republicans chose Donald Trump, the Democrats gave the nod to Bernie Sanders. The candidate for each party who will appear on the general election ballot will be nominated at national conventions this summer.

But one U.S. Senate seat in Hawaii and both of our U.S. House seats will be on the Aug. 13 primary ballot.

Every state House seat — all 51 — is up for election along with 14 of the 25 state Senate seats.

So is the Honolulu mayor, five of nine Honolulu City Council seats, and county council seats in Maui, Kauai and Hawaii County. Prosecuting attorneys in Honolulu and Kauai are up for election.

Four of the nine seats on the board of trustees for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs will also be on the ballot — one at-large seat, one representing Hawaii island, one for Kauai and one for Molokai.

Candidates who win their primaries and have no general election opponent are deemed to have won the office. In Hawaii, many statewide and legislative races are effectively decided in the primary because of the overwhelming dominance of the Democratic Party. So whichever Democrat wins the primary often goes on to prevail in the general election.

Hawaii allows candidates to run as independents if they choose not to join a political party. But independent candidates rarely progress past the primary election because state law requires them to get at least 10 percent of the total votes cast in the primary or as many votes as the winning partisan candidate who got the least number of votes.

County-level races as well as the contest for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs are non-partisan. Candidates are not designated as Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians or any other affiliation. Some county races with only two candidates won’t appear on the primary ballot but will be on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Below is a list of the candidates who have filed their paperwork to run for office in the primary. The filing deadline for both the primary and the Nov. 8 general election was June 7.

Some candidates have been active for months, including raising money from contributors. You can study campaign finance reports for each candidate at the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission website. The most recent reports cover donations through July 29.

Critics are concerned that voters don’t have much time to check on where candidates are getting their money, especially with the popularity of early voting in which people can begin turning in their ballots about a month before the election.

Civil Beat has been analyzing the campaign cash flowing to candidates, looking at candidates as well as contributors, including political action committees. You can find those stories in our ongoing report, Cashing In.

Check back frequently. We’ll also be including links to information on candidates and where they stand on important issues. We’ve sent out candidate questionnaires in statewide and legislative races as well as the Honolulu mayor and City Council races. We’ll link to those from this page as they come in.

The Ballot (Unofficial)

D = Democrat, R = Republican, I = Independent, L = Libertarian, G = Green Party, C = Constitution, A = American Shopping, N = Nonpartisan, NS = Nonpartisan Special

* = incumbent

U.S. Senate

Makani Christensen (D)

Tutz Honeychurch (D)

Arturo Reyes (D)

Brian Schatz (D) *

Miles Shiratori  (D)

John Carroll (R)

Karla Gottschalk (R)

Eddie Pirkowski (R)

John Roco (R)

Michael Kokoski (L)

Joy Allison (C)

John Giuffre (A)


Congressional District 1

Colleen Hanabusa (D)

Lei Ahu Isa (D)

Howard Kim (D)

Javier Ocasio (D)

Sam Puletasi (D)

Lei Sharsh-Davis (D)

Steve Tataii (D)

Shirlene Ostrov (R)

Alan Yim (L)

Calvin Griffin (N)


Congressional District 2

Tulsi Gabbard (D) *

Shay Chan Hodges (D)

Eric Hafner (R)

Angela Kaaihue (R)

Richard Turner (N)


State Senate

District 1

Kaialii Kahele (D) *

Kaola Robinson (D)

Dennis Onishi (D)

Kimberly Arianoff (L)

District 2

Greggor Ilagan (D)

Russell Ruderman (D) *

Frederick Fogel (L)

District 5

Gil Keith-Agaran (D) *

District 8

Kanoe Ahuna (D)

Ron Kouchi (D) *

District 9

Michael Bennett (D)

Stanley Chang (D)

Richard Kim (D)

Sam Slom (R) *

District 10

David Farrell (D)

Les Ihara (D) *

Arnold Phillips (L)

District 11

Brian Taniguchi (D) *

C. Kaui Amsterdam (R)

Joseph Kent (L)

District 13

Kim Coco Iwamoto (D)

Keone John Nakoa (D)

Karl Rhoads (D)

Rod Tam (R)

Harry Ozols (L)

District 14

Carl Campagna (D)

Donna Kim (D) *

District 15

Glenn Wakai (D) *

Roman Kalinowski (L)

District 19

Will Espero (D) *

Kurt Favella (R)

Chris Fidelibus (R)

District 20

Mike Gabbard (D) *

District 22

Donovan Dela Cruz (D) *

District 25

Laura Thielen (D) *

Heather Dozier (R)

Robert Nagamine (R)


State House

District 1

Heather Kimball (D)

Mark Nakashima (D) *

Byron Young (R)

District 2

Janis Cowser (D)

Clifton Tsuji (D) *

Jonathan Wong (D)

Grace Larson (N)

District 3

Aiona Naniole (D)

Richard Onishi (D) *

Gregory Arianoff (L)

Kealoha Pisciotta (G)

District 4

Joy San Buenaventura (D) *

Moke Stephens (C)

Laura Jones (N)

District 5

Richard Creagan (D) *

Michael Last (L)

District 6

Bronsten Kossow (D)

Nicole Lowen (D) *

Thomas Mann (D)

Bruce Pratt (R)

District 7

Cindy Evans (D) *

David Tarnas (D)

Jeffrey Coakley (R)

District 8

Richard Abbett (D)

Joe Souki (D) *

Gilbert Rebolledo (R)

District 9

Justin Woodson (D) *

District 10

Angus Mckelvey (D) *

Chayne Marten (R)

District 11

Kaniela Ing (D) *

Deidre Tegarden (D)

Daniel Peku (R)

District 12

Tiare Lawrence (D)

Kyle Yamashita (D) *

District 13

Lynn Decoite (D) *

Alexander Haller (D)

Nick Nikhilananda (G)

District 14

Nadine Nakamura (D)

Fern Rosenstiel (D)

Sandra Combs (R)

District 15

Tommy Ol (D)

James Tokioka (D) *

District 16

Dee Morikawa (D) *

Victoria Franks (R)

District 17

Karlen Ross (D)

Gene Ward (R) *

District 18

Mark Jun Hashem (D) *

District 19

Bert Kobayashi (D) *

Stephen Bischoff (R)

Anthony Higa (L)

District 20

Calvin Say (D) *

Julia Allen (R)

District 21

Scott Nishimoto (D) *

District 22

Tom Brower (D) *

Dennis Miller (D)

Nicola Perez-Garreaud (D)

Kathryn Henski (R)

District 23

Isaac Choy (D) *

Dale Kobayashi (D)

District 24

Della Au Belatti (D) *

Cody Rodriguez (D)

Lawrence Fenton (R)

Michelle Tippens (L)

District 25

Sylvia Luke (D)  *

District 26

Scott Saiki (D)  *

District 27

Takashi Ohno (D) *

District 28

Ikaika Hussey (D)

John Mizuno (D) *

Carole Kaapu (R)

District 29

Alvin Au (D)

Firmo Dayao (D)

Valerie Dionne (D)

Daniel Holt (D)

James Logue (D)

Kaiwiola Coakley (R)

District 30

Romy Cachola (D) *

Marcelino Velasco (D)

District 31

Aaron Ling Johanson (D) *

Eric Ching (R)

District 32

Linda Ichiyama Chong (D) *

District 33

Tracy Arakaki (D)

Sam Kong (D) *

District 34

Gregg Takayami (D) *

Jaci Agustin (R)

District 35

Roy Takumi (D) *

Roger Clemente (R)

District 36

Zuri Aki (D)

Marilyn Lee (D)

Beth Fukumoto (R) *

District 37

Ryan Yamane (D) *

Katherine Kupukaa (R)

District 38

Henry Aquino (D) *

District 39

Ty Cullen (D) *

District 40

Rosebella Ellazar-Martinez (D)

Randy Gonce (D)

Bob McDermott (R) *

District 41

Matt LoPresti (D) *

Bryan Jeremiah (R)

District 42

Sharon Har (D) *

District 43

Karen Awana (D)

Stacelynn Eli (D)

Andria Tupola (R) *

District 44

Cedric Gates (D)

Jo Jordan (D) *

Marcus Paalui (R)

Tamiko Sequin (R)

District 45

Lauren Matsumoto (R) *

District 46

Marcus Oshiro (D) *

Scott Noltie (R)

District 47

Sean Anthony Quinlan (D)

Toagaifasa Mataafa (R)

Feki Pouha (R) *

District 48

Jarrett Keohokalole *

District 49

Ken Ito (D) *

Patrick Shea (D)

District 50

Joan Hood (R)

Cynthia Thielen (R) *

District 51

Chris Lee *

Honolulu Mayor

Kurt Baker

Zachary Burd

Kirk Caldwell *

Peter Carlisle

Ernest Caravahlo

Charles Djou

Lawrence Friedman

Timothy Garry

Ronald Hochuli

Lillian Hong

Mike Powers


Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney (both candidates advance to general election)

Keith Kaneshiro *

Anosh Yaqoob


Honolulu City Council

District 1

Marc Anthony

Tom Berg

Kioni Dudley

Kymberly Pine *

District 3

Ikaika Anderson *

District 5

Robert Armstrong

Kimberly Case

Ann Kobayashi *

District 7 (both candidates advance to general election)

Joey Manahan *

Chace Shigemasa

District 9 (both candidates advance to general election)

Ron Menor *

Emil Svrcina


Hawaii County Mayor

Alvin Akina

Paul Bryant

Daniel Cunningham

Marlene Hapai

Peter Hoffman

Wendell Kaehuaea

Harry Kim

Walter Lau

Helen Luta

Shannon McCandless

Gene Tamashiro

Timothy Waugh

Eric Weinert

Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney

Michael Kagami

Mitchell Roth *

Hawaii County Council

District 1

Valerie Poindexter *

District 2

Aaron Chung *

William Halversen

Margarita Hopkins

District 3

Grace Castillo

Moana Kelii

Susan Lee Loy

District 4

Michael Bernard

Madeline Greene

Eileen O’Hara

District 5

Daniel Paleka *

Jennifer Ruggles

District 6

Maile David *

Kendall Raina Whiting

District 7

Nestorio Domingo

Dru Kanuha *

District 8

Jeffrey Citron

Karen Eoff *

District 9

Herbert Richards

Margaret Wille *


Maui County Council

East Maui (both candidates advance to general election)

Robert Carroll *

Shane Sinenci

West Maui (both candidates advance to general election)

Ernest Balinbin

Elle Cochran *


Alika Atay

Joseph Blackburn

Dane Kane

Keith Regan

Hana Steel

Kahului (both candidates advance to general election)

Don Guzman *

Vanessa Medeiros

South Maui

Don Couch *

Richard DeLeon

Kelly King

Jerome Metcalfe


Trinette Furtado

Alan Kaufman

Mike White *


Napua Greig-Nakasone

Eric Molina

Stacey Moniz

Yuki Sugimura

Lanai (both candidates advance to general election)

Riki Hokama *

Gabe Johnson

Molokai (both candidates advance to general election)

Stacy Crivello *

Keani Rawlins-Fernandez


Kauai County Prosecuting Attorney (both candidates advance to general election)

Lisa Arin

Justin Kollar *


Kauai County Council

Juno-Ann Apalla

Matthew Bernabe

Arthur Brun

Mason Chock Sr. *

Richard Fukushima

Gary Hooser *

Ross Kagawa *

Arryl Kaneshiro *

Derek Kawakami

Kipukai Kualii *

Mel Rapozo *

Norma Sparks

JoAnn Yukimura *


Office of Hawaiian Affairs


Kelii Akina

Daniel Anthony

Haunani Apoliona *

Douglas Crum

Leona Kalima

Kealii Makekau

Paul Mossman


Bo Kahui

Robert Lindsey *

Mililani Trask


Jerry Flowers

Alapai Hanapi

Colette Machado *