Hawaii voters can join the rest of the country in casting ballots in the general election Nov. 8.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. but Hawaii also has a robust early voting process. In the Aug. 13 primary, 62 percent of those who voted did so before Election Day. Early voting has become such a factor that candidates time their campaigns to take advantage of it.

The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 10, and now you can register to vote online. Early walk-in voting begins Oct. 25.

A list of polling places and other voter information is available on the Hawaii Office of Elections website.

The race for president of the United States will top the Nov. 8 general election ballot — Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee, Donald Trump is the Republican nominee, Jill Stein is the Green Party candidate and Gary Johnson is the Libertarian Party candidate.

One U.S. Senate seat in Hawaii and both of our U.S. House seats will be on the Nov. 8 ballot.

All 51 state House seats were up for election this year and 14 of the 25 Senate seats. Many of those contests were decided in the primary because most candidates run as Democrats. Numerous seats had no candidate from any other party.

A number of candidates for nonpartisan offices also won outright in the Aug. 13 primary, and those without a general election opponent will not appear on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Our list of candidates below reflects only those who will be on the ballot.

County-level races, as well as contests for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, are nonpartisan. Candidates are not designated as Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians or any other party affiliation.

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. For candidates for U.S. Senate and U.S. House, go to the website of the Federal Election Commission.

Civil Beat also 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.

We also try to keep up with the political ads that are airing. Check out those stories in our Ad Watch series.

Here is a list of candidates whose names will appear on the Nov. 8 ballots. Click the links to go to a Civil Beat candidate questionnaire that many candidates responded to. You can find links to the candidates’ campaign websites on those Q&As as well.

If there is no link it means they haven’t bothered to respond to our questions. We’ll be trying to get them to do that between now and the general election, so check back frequently as we update the list.

We’ll also be updating the ballot with initiatives once they are finalized, along with the candidates for a 2nd Congressional District special election.

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

Brian Schatz (D) *

John Carroll (R)


Congressional District 1

Colleen Hanabusa (D)

Shirlene Ostrov (R)

Alan Yim (L)


Congressional District 2

Tulsi Gabbard (D) *

Angela Kaaihue (R)


Congressional District 1 Special Election

Colleen Hanabusa (D)

Angela Kaaihue (D)

Peter Cross (D)

Howard Kim (D)

Javier Ocasio (D)

Shirlene Ostrov (R)

Alan Yim (L)

Calvin Griffin (N)

Yvonne Perry (N)

Peter Plotzeneder (N)


State Senate

District 1

Kaialii Kahele (D) *

Kimberly Arianoff (L)

District 2

Russell Ruderman (D) *

Frederick Fogel (L)

District 9

Stanley Chang (D)

Sam Slom (R) *

District 10

Les Ihara (D) *

Arnold Phillips (L)

District 11

Brian Taniguchi (D) *

C. Kaui Amsterdam (R)

Joseph Kent (L)

District 13

Karl Rhoads (D)

Rod Tam (R)

Harry Ozols (L)

District 15

Glenn Wakai (D) *

Roman Kalinowski (L)

District 19

Will Espero (D) *

Kurt Favella (R)

District 25

Laura Thielen (D) *

Robert Nagamine (R)


State House

District 1

Mark Nakashima (D) *

Byron Young (R)

District 3

Richard Onishi (D) *

Gregory Arianoff (L)

Kealoha Pisciotta (G)

District 4

Joy San Buenaventura (D) *

Moke Stephens (C)

District 5

Richard Creagan (D) *

Michael Last (L)

District 6

Nicole Lowen (D) *

Bruce Pratt (R)

District 7

Cindy Evans (D) *

Jeffrey Coakley (R)

District 8

Joe Souki (D) *

Gilbert Rebolledo (R)

District 10

Angus Mckelvey (D) *

Chayne Marten (R)

District 11

Kaniela Ing (D) *

Daniel Peku (R)

District 13

Lynn DeCoite (D) *

Nick Nikhilananda (G)

District 14

Nadine Nakamura (D)

Sandra Combs (R)

District 16

Dee Morikawa (D) *

Victoria Franks (R)

District 17

Karlen Ross (D)

Gene Ward (R) *

District 19

Bert Kobayashi (D) *

Stephen Bischoff (R)

Anthony Higa (L)

District 20

Calvin Say (D) *

Julia Allen (R)

District 22

Tom Brower (D) *

Kathryn Henski (R)

District 24

Della Au Belatti (D) *

Lawrence Fenton (R)

Michelle Tippens (L)

District 28

John Mizuno (D) *

Carole Kaapu (R)

District 29

Daniel Holt (D)

Kaiwiola Coakley (R)

District 31

Aaron Ling Johanson (D) *

Eric Ching (R)

District 34

Gregg Takayama (D) *

Jaci Agustin (R)

District 35

Roy Takumi (D) *

Roger Clemente (R)

District 36

Marilyn Lee (D)

Beth Fukumoto (R) *

District 37

Ryan Yamane (D) *

Katherine Kupukaa (R)

District 40

Rose Martinez (D)

Bob McDermott (R) *

District 41

Matt LoPresti (D) *

Bryan Jeremiah (R)

District 43

Stacelynn Eli (D)

Andria Tupola (R) *

District 44

Cedric Gates (D)

Marcus Paaluhi (R)

District 46

Marcus Oshiro (D) *

Scott Noltie (R)

District 47

Sean Anthony Quinlan (D)

Feki Pouha (R) *


Constitutional Amendments Proposed by Legislature

Shall the threshold value in controversy requirement for jury trials in civil cases at common law be increased from $5,000 to $10,000?”

— Shall the legislature be provided, when the state general fund balance at the close of each of two successive fiscal years exceeds five per cent of the general fund revenues for each of the two fiscal years, the additional alternatives of appropriating general funds for the pre-payment of either or both of the following: (1) Debt service for general obligation bonds issued by the State; or (2) Pension or other post-employment benefit liabilities accrued for state employees?”


Honolulu Mayor

Kirk Caldwell *

Charles Djou


Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney 

Keith Kaneshiro *

Anosh Yaqoob


Honolulu City Council

District 5

Kimberly Case

Ann Kobayashi *

District 7 

Joey Manahan *

Chace Shigemasa

District 9 

Ron Menor *

Emil Svrcina


Honolulu Charter Amendment Questions (click here for more details)

1) Should the Police Commission have greater authority to suspend or dismiss the chief of police?

2) Should the Ethics Commission set the salaries of the Ethics Commission’s executive director and staff attorneys within specified limits?

3) Should the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney control its budget after it is approved by the City Council?

4) Should a unified multi-modal transportation system be created?

5) Should the Affordable Housing Fund be used to develop rental housing for persons earning 60 percent or less of the median household income, provided that the housing remains affordable for at least 60 years?

6) Should departments responsible for the city’s infrastructure needs be required to prepare long-term plans?

7) Should the city use its powers to serve the people in a sustainable and transparent manner and to promote stewardship of natural resources for present and future generations, and should the city create an Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency?

8) Should a new Department of Land Management responsible for the protection, development, and management of city lands be established?

9) Should a Honolulu Zoo Fund be established and funded by a minimum of one-half of one percent of estimated annual real property taxes to pay for Honolulu Zoo expenses to assist the Honolulu Zoo in regaining its accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums?

10) Should the mayor’s executive powers and the City Council’s legislative powers only be subject to exceptions specifically provided in the Charter and should the mayor and the City Council be given concurrent authority to establish funds when no appropriate funds of the same type exist and to propose amendments to the annual executive budget?

11) Should an approval process and an advisory commission for Clean Water Natural Lands Fund projects be established in the Charter?

12) Should all boards and commissions, except for the Board of Water Supply, the board for the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation and any board or commission mandated by state or federal law, be reviewed periodically to determine whether they should be retained, amended or repealed?

13) Should the Grants in Aid Fund be the sole source (with certain designated exceptions) for city-funded grants to federal income tax-exempt nonprofit organizations that provide services to economically and/or socially disadvantaged populations or that provide services for the public benefit in the areas of the arts, culture, economic development or the environment?

14) Should the deadline to hold a special election to replace the mayor, prosecutor or councilmembers be extended from 60 to 120 days, and should the City Council be able to appoint a temporary member until a special election is held?

15) Should the term limit for the prosecuting attorney, the mayor and the councilmembers be three consecutive four-year terms?

16) Should certain city departments be responsible for their own program planning and small infrastructure design and construction projects, and should the powers, functions, and duties of the Department of Environmental Services be updated and expanded to emphasize resource recovery and include the planning, engineering, design, and construction of all of its projects?

17) Should the mayor have the authority to delegate the signing of documents to certain other city officers?

18) Should the Fire Commission be expanded from five to seven members, and should the fire chief’s powers, duties and functions be updated to reflect current services?

19) Should the requirement be repealed that no more than five of the City Council Reapportionment Commission’s nine members be from the same political party?

20) Housekeeping amendments to require the books and records of all city departments be open to public inspection; require the Department of the Corporation Counsel to update the Charter by July 1 of the year after the election at which Charter amendments proposed by the Charter Commission are approved by the electorate; require the Charter Commission to submit amendments to the Office of the City Clerk five working days before the deadline for ballot questions to be submitted to the state Chief Election Officer; require that all written contracts of the Board of Water Supply and the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation be approved by the Department of Corporation Counsel for form and legality; and require that the city centralized purchasing practices conform to the state procurement code.


Hawaii County Council

District 3

Moana Kelii

Susan Lee Loy

District 4

Maddie Greene

Eileen O’Hara


Hawaii County Charter Amendment

Shall the County Charter be amended to change the scope of the County General Plan, which currently sets forth policy for “the long-range comprehensive physical development of the county”, to include long-range policy for matters related to the economic, environmental, and socio-cultural wellbeing of the County; and, additionally, expand those matters which the General Plan promotes to include the health of the people of the County?


Maui County Council

East Maui 

Robert Carroll *

Shane Sinenci

West Maui 

Ernest Balinbin

Elle Cochran *


Alika Atay

Dane Kane


Don Guzman *

Vanessa Medeiros

South Maui

Don Couch *

Kelly King


Trinette Furtado

Mike White *


Napua Greig-Nakasone

Yuki Sugimura


Riki Hokama *

Gabe Johnson


Stacy Crivello *

Keani Rawlins-Fernandez


Maui County Charter Amendments

— Shall Sections 11-4 and 11-5 of the Charter be amended to correct clerical errors and to provide consistency within the Charter by allowing an individual to withdraw their signature from a supplemental petition?

— Shall Sections 11-4 and 11-5 of the Charter be amended to correct clerical errors and to provide consistency within the Charter by allowing an individual to withdraw their signature from a supplemental petition?

— Shall the Charter be amended to change the name of the Civil Defense Agency to the Maui County Emergency Management Agency?

— Shall the Charter be amended to require Council approval of the Mayor’s appointment of the Managing Director, Director of Finance, Director of Public Works, Director of Parks and Recreation, Planning Director, Director of Housing and Human Concerns, Director of Transportation, and Director of Environmental Management and to allow additional qualifications for department directors to be established by ordinance?

— Shall sections of the Charter be amended to allow attorneys within the Office of Council Services, in addition to the attorneys within the Department of the Corporation Counsel, to serve as legal advisors to the Council and its members, and to allow the Council to designate, by two-thirds vote of its entire membership, attorneys within the Office of Council Services as special counsel to serve as legal representatives for any special matter presenting a real necessity for such employment?



Kauai County Prosecuting Attorney 

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 Doctor Sparks

JoAnn Yukimura *


Kauai County Charter Amendments

— Shall the charter be amended throughout to ensure that its language is to the greatest extent possible gender neutral and to make changes to spelling, capitalization, punctuation, formatting, and grammar?

— Shall the duties of the fire chief be clarified to include duties currently performed such as addressing hazardous materials, emergency medical services, and ocean safety, and shall the reference to the mayor’s authority to assign duties be removed?

— Shall a zoning board of appeals be established to hear appeals from decisions of the planning director and to conduct evidentiary hearings at the request of the planning commission?

— Shall the county Civil Defense Agency be renamed the Emergency Management Agency and its organization clarified consistent with state law?

— Shall the percentage of registered voter signatures required to start the initiative or referendum process be reduced to 10 percent from 20 percent, and shall the percentage of registered voter signatures required to start the charter amendment process via voter petition be increased to 10 percent from 5 percent?

— Shall it be specified what constitutes a charter amendment, and shall the processing of a proposed charter amendment via voter petition be revised to enable the county clerk to determine whether the proposal is a valid charter amendment?

— Shall the Charter Review Commission be an ongoing commission?


Office of Hawaiian Affairs


Kelii Akina

Haunani Apoliona *


Robert Lindsey *

Mililani Trask