Hawaii is the only state that holds its statewide primary election on a Saturday. This year, the primary is Aug. 8.

This year Hawaii will be conducting both the primary and general elections by mail. Ballots are expected to go out in the mail 18 days before the election, so you should be receiving your primary ballot around July 20.

There will also be eight voter service centers and 36 places of deposit around the state to provide accessible in-person voting, same-day voter registration and collection of voted ballots. The centers will be open 10 days before the primary.

If ballots aren’t in the mail by Aug. 3, elections officials ask that voters take them to one of the deposit locations.

This year’s elections will be conducted entirely by mail although voters can drop off ballots at one of several service centers that will be set up 10 days before election day. Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

The race for president of the United States will top the Nov. 3 general election ballot.

Separate from the state and counties, the Democratic Party of Hawaii held an all-mail-in ballot presidential primary earlier this year. Former Vice President Joe Biden picked up the most votes and delegates.

The Republican Party of Hawaii did not hold a nominating contest, as President Donald Trump is again the nominee.

Every state House seat — all 51 — is up for election along with 13 of the 25 state Senate seats.

So is the Honolulu mayor, five of nine Honolulu City Council seats, the Hawaii County mayor, and county council seats in Maui, Kauai and Hawaii County. Prosecuting attorneys in Honolulu, on the Big Island and on 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.

New to Hawaii’s ballot this year is the Aloha Aina Party. According to its website, the party demands government accountability and transparency especially as it relates to the 1893 overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom. The party believes aloha is the “greatest hope and strength” for Hawaii, the nation and world. It says it will work from within the U.S. political system to benefit keiki and kupuna.

The American Shopping Party is the creation of John Giuffre, an author of books about economics. The party, which qualified for the Hawaii ballot in 2016, appears focused on a desire to end consumerism and is influenced by ideas from eastern religions.

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% 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 nonpartisan. 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 Aug. 8 primary and the Nov. 3 general election was June 2.

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 next campaign reports for candidates are due July 9.

Three state laws enacted in 2019 apply to 2020 candidates:

  • Candidate committees are required to notify the Campaign Spending Commission by June 30 of an election year in their organizational report that they do not intend to receive contributions, or spend more than $1,000 in an election period.
  • Candidates are allowed to make charitable donations and scholarship awards prior to the day after the general election if a candidate is declared to be “duly and legally elected” to the office for which the person is a candidate, or is unsuccessful in the primary or special primary election.
  • And a candidate’s preliminary report is due Oct. 1 of an election year that they are on the ballot and another report on April 30 for candidates who file nomination papers by April 25 of an election year.

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.

You can read all of Civil Beat’s coverage of the 2020 elections here.

And get more information about this year’s elections, candidates and campaigns in our Hawaii Elections Guide 2020.

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, and other neighbor island county 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 = Aloha Aina, AS = American Shopping, N = Nonpartisan, NS = Nonpartisan Special

* = incumbent

Congressional District 1

Ed Case (D) *

Ron Curtis (R)

James Dickens (R)

Arturo Reyes (R)

Nancy Olson (R)

Taylor Smith (R)

Calvin Griffin (N)

Congressional District 2

Brian Evans (D)

Noelle Famera (D)

Kai Kahele (D)

Brenda Lee (D)

Joe Akana (R)

Steven Bond (R)

Karla Gottschalk (R)

David Hamman (R)

Elise Hatsuko Kaneshiro (R)

Nicholas Love (R)

Robert Nagamine (R)

Raymond Quel (R)

Felipe San Nicolas (R)

Michelle Tippens (L)

Jonathan Hoomanawanui (A)

John Giuffre (AS)

Ron Burrus (N)

Byron McCorriston (N)


State Senate

District 2

Smiley Burrows (D)

Joy San Buenaventura (D)

Ron Ka-Ipo (A)

District 5

Gil Keith-Agaran (D) *

Christy Kajiwara Gusman (R)

Rynette Keen (A)

District 8

Ron Kouchi (D) *

District 9

Stanley Chang (D) *

Sam Slom (R)

District 10

Jesus Arriola (D)

Vicki Higgins (D)

Les Ihara (D) *

Paul Shiraishi (N)

District 11

Brian Taniguchi (D) *

District 13

Kevin McDonald (D)

Karl Rhoads (D) *

District 14

Donna Mercado Kim (D) *

District 15

Glenn Wakai (D) *

District 19

John Clark (D)

Rida Arakawa Cabanilla (D)

Kurt Fevella (R) *

District 20

Mike Gabbard (D) *

Feena Bonoan (L)

District 22

Donovan Dela Cruz (D) *

T.J. Cuaresma (D)

John Miller (R)

Banner Fanene (N)

District 25

Chris Lee (D)

Kristina Marshall-Kim (R)


State House

District 1

Mark Nakashima (D) *

Lorraine Shin (R)

District 2

Chris Todd (D) *

Devin McMackin (A)

District 3

Shannon Matson (D)

Richard Onishi (D) *

Frederick Fogel (D)

Susann Hughes (R)

District 4

Gregor Ilagan (D)

Hope Cermelj (R)

Bryan Ley (NP)

Desmon Antone Haumea (A)

Eileen O’Hara (D)

District 5

Colehour Bondera (D)

Jeanne Kapela (D)

Citlalli Johanna Decker (A)

Mike Last (L)

District 6

Nicole Lowen (D) *

District 7

David Tarnas (D) *

District 8

Kaapuni Aiwohi (D)

Troy Hashimoto (D) *

Robert Hill (D)

District 9

Justin Woodson (D) *

J Kahala Chrupalyk (A)

District 10

Angus McKelvey (D) *

Leonard Nakoa (D)

Kanamu Balinbin (R)

Travis Gyldstrand (A)

District 11

Don Couch (D)

Tina Wildberger (D) *

Howard Greenberg (A)

District 12

Simon Russell (D)

Kyle Yamashita (D) *

District 13

Lynn DeCoite (D) *

Walter Ritte (D)

Robin Vanderpool (R)

Theresa Kapaku (A)

District 14

Nadine Nakamura (D) *

Steve Monas (R)

District 15

James Tokioka (D) *

Steve Yoder (R)

District 16

Dee Morikawa (D) *

Ana Des (R)

District 17

Keith Kogachi (D)

Gene Ward (R) *

District 18

Tommy Driskill (D)

Mark Jun Hashem (D) *

Lori Ford (R)

District 19

Bert Kobayashi (D) *

Wayne Chen (AS)

Mike Parrish (N)

District 20

Becky Gardner (D)

Jay Ishibashi (D)

Jackson Sayama (D)

Derek Turbin (D)

Julia Allen (R)

District 21

Scott Nishimoto (D) *

District 22

Tom Brower (D) *

Adrian Tam (D)

Nicholas Ochs (R)

District 23

Dale Kobayashi (D) *

District 24

Della Au Belatti (D) *

Andy Sexton (A)

District 25

Sylvia Luke (D) *

District 26

Kim Coco Iwamoto (D)

Scott Saiki (D) *

District 27

Takashi Ohno (D) *

District 28

John Mizuno (D) *

District 29

Daniel Holt (D) *

James Logue (D)

District 30

Romy Cachola (D) *

Sonny Ganaden (D)

P.M. Azinga (R)

Tess Quilingking (R)

District 31

Aaron Ling Johanson (D) *

District 32

Linda Ichiyama (D) *

District 33

Tracy Arakaki (D)

Sam Kong (D) *

Jenny Boyette (R)

District 34

Gregg Takayama (D) *

Keone Simon (R)

District 35

Roy Takumi (D) *

Carl Hood (R)

Keline-Kameyo Kahau (A)

District 36

Trish La Chica (D)

Marilyn Lee (D)

Val Okimoto (R) *

District 37

Ryan Yamane (D) *

Emil Svrcina (R)

District 38

Henry Aquino (D) *

District 39

Ty Cullen (D) *

Austin Maglinti (R)

District 40

Rose Martinez (D)

Bob McDermott (R) *

District 41

Matt LoPresti (D)

Mokihana Maldonado (D)

Amanda Rathbun (D)

David Alcos (R)

Ryan Uehara (N)

District 42

Sharon Har (D) *

Vickie Kam (D)

District 43

Stacelynn Eli (D) *

Diamond Garcia (R)

Michael Kahikina (D)

Shaena Hoohuli (A)

District 44

Cedric Gates (D) *

Jo Jordan (D)

Maysana Aldeguer (R)

Joseph Simpliciano (A)

District 45

Michael Chapman (D)

Lauren Cheape Matsumoto (R) *

District 46

Aaron Agsalda (D)

Amy Perruso (D) *

District 47

Sean Quinlan (D) *

Boyd Ready (R)

District 48

Lisa Kitagawa (D) *

Kaui Pratt-Aquino (D)

District 49

Scot Matayoshi (D) *

Michael Danner (R)

District 50

Patrick Branco (D)

Micah Pregitzer (D)

Kanani Souza (R)

District 51

Alan Akao (D)

Coby Chock (D)

Scott Grimmer (D)

Lisa Marten (D)

Doni Chong (R)

Kukana Kama-Toth (R)

Erik Ho (A)


Honolulu Mayor

Keith Amemiya

Rick Blangiardi

David Bourgoin

Ernest Caravalho

John Carroll

Karl Dicks

Tim Garry

Colleen Hanabusa

Mufi Hannemann

Choon James

Audrey Keesing

Micah Mussell

Kym Pine

Bud Stonebraker

Jason Wong

Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney

Steve Alm

RJ Brown

Jacquie Esser

Megan Kau

Tae Kim

Dwight Nadamoto

Anash Yaqoob

Honolulu City Council

District 1

Kathy Davenport

Naomi Hanohano

Galen Kerfoot

Anthony Paris

Andria Tupola

District 3

Kalani Kalima

Warland Kealoha

Esther Kiaaina

Paul Mossman

Alan Texeira

Greg Thielen

District 5

Phil Lee

Calvin Say

Dave Watase

District 7

Jacob Aki

Radiant Cordero

Ryan Mandado

District 9

Will Espero

Earl Tsuneyoshi

Augusto (AugieT) Tulba


Hawaii County Mayor

Neil Azevedo

Paul Bryant

Bob Fitzgerald

Michael Glendon

Robert Greenwell

Stacy Higa

Wendell Kaeheaea

Yumi Kawano

Harry Kim

Ikaika Marzo

Mitch Roth

Mike Ruggles

Ted Shaneyfelt

Tante Urban

Lahi Verschuur

Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney

Jared Auna

Christopher Bridges

Kelden Waltjen

Hawaii County Council

District 1

Elroy Juan

Heather Kimball

Jaerick Medeiros-Garcia

Jaclyn Moore

Bethany Morrison

Monique Perreira

Dominic Yagong

District 2

Aaron Chung *

William Halversen

District 3

Henry Kaaihue

Sue Lee Loy *

Paul Neves

District 4

Ashley Kierkiewicz *

District 5

Matt Kanealii-Kleinfelder *

Ikaika Rodenhurst

Frederic Wirick

District 6

Maile David *

District 7

Jane Clement

Rebecca Villegas *

District 8

Holeka Inaba

Craig Kahui

District 9

Phillip Aiona

Ranae Keane

Tim Richards *


Maui County Council

East Maui

Claire Carroll

Shane Sinenci *

West Maui

Rick Nava

Tamara Paltin *

Sne Patel


Alice Lee *


Deb Kaiwi

Tasha Kama *

Carol Kamekona

South Maui

Tom Cook

Kelly King *


Aja Eyre

Mike Molina *

Laurent Zahnd


Yuki Lei Sugimura *


Alberta De Jetley

Gabe Johnson

Matthew Mano


Stacy Crivello

Keani Rawlins-Fernandez *


Kauai County Prosecuting Attorney

Justin Kollar *

Kauai County Council

Addison Bulosan

Donovan Cabebe

Bernard Carvalho Jr.

Mason Chock *

Felicia Cowden *

Mike Dandurand

Billy DeCosta

Debralynn DeSilva Carveiro

Luke Evslin *

Victoria Franks

Richard Fukushima

Ed Justus

Arryl Kaneshiro *

KipuKai Kualii *

Jakki Nelson

Wally Nishimura

Rory Parker

Shirley Simbre-Medeiros

Naomi Taniguchi

Jade Battad

Clint Yago


Office of Hawaiian Affairs


Kelii Akina *

Jackie Burke

Kaipo Hanakahi

Larry Kawaauhau

Shane Palacat-Nelsen

Lenson Sonoda

Keoni Souza


Kauilani Almeida

Noelani Cashman-Aiu

Laura Desoto-McCollough

Louis Hao

Cyd Hoffeld

Pua Ishibashi

Lei Kihoi

Keola Lindsey

Lanakila Mangauil

Louis Pau

Kalaniakea Wilson


Luana Alapa

Ui Kahue-Cabanting

Colette Machado *


Dan Ahuna *

Brittny Perez

Kamealoha Smith


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