This is a critical election year in Maui County, and political donors are pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into the campaigns of candidates trying to represent residents as their council members and mayor.

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To better understand how money is shaping the races, Civil Beat is making it a little easier for you to look up who’s funding the campaigns based on the reports the candidates must file with the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission.

Want to know how many out-of-state donors are dumping money into Maui politics? Or see which industry representatives are giving cash to each candidate?

You can use this tool to search for each Maui County candidate who won enough votes to make it through the Aug. 13 primary election and look up who’s donated $100 or more to their campaigns. The primary election narrowed down races where there were at least three candidates seeking office; the two candidates who won the most votes will now face off in the Nov. 8 general election.

2022 Maui Campaign Contributions Through Aug. 13


Database: April Estrellon/Civil Beat, Source: Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission
Database updated: September 14, 2022

This year, Maui County voters are being asked to choose who they think is most qualified to serve as mayor and as their nine representatives on the Maui County Council. All of those candidates are nonpartisan, meaning they don’t run as Democrats or Republicans.

This tool currently only contains the candidates who participated in the primary election, which includes those in the races for mayor and the council seats for South Maui, Kahului, Upcountry and Makawao-Haiku-Paia.

Candidates who will only participate in the general election — which are the council candidates who want to represent Molokai, Lanai, East Maui, West Maui and Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu — have different campaign spending reporting deadlines.

We will continue to update this tool when that campaign spending data is released over the course of the election season. Questions? Comments? Email Maui County reporter Marina Starleaf Riker at

Civil Beat’s coverage of Maui County is supported in part by grants from the Nuestro Futuro Foundation and the Fred Baldwin Memorial Foundation.

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