Keith Amemiya has received just over $730,000 in contributions in his bid to be elected mayor of Honolulu this year.

Add in the $200,000 he loaned to his own campaign and the figure grows to more than $940,000.

Amemiya’s filing on Monday with the state Campaign Spending Commission shows the cash he raised during the last six months of 2019 — the latest reporting period — as well as the money he spent in that time.

Keith Amemiya hugs supporters after announcing his candidacy for Mayor at Ala Wai Field.
Keith Amemiya hugged a supporter after announcing his candidacy for mayor last year. He has raised nearly $1 million so far. Cory Lum/Civil Beat

He reported having $711,000 in cash on hand, although he also has $151,000 in unpaid expenditures, including about $90,000 to consultants.

He is also footing the bill himself for so-called in-kind payments such as $1,192 in lei for events.

Big contributors include his dad, former Hawaii attorney general Ron Amemiya ($4,500) and cousin Roy Amemiya Jr. ($1,000), Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s managing director. Caldwell is completing his second and final term.

Amemiya is an executive with Island Holdings and a former executive director of the Hawaii High School Athletic Association.

The campaign expense reports are not due until Jan. 31. Other mayoral candidates such as Colleen Hanabusa, Ron Menor and Kymberly Pine, had not filed as of late Monday.

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