Hawaii Elections 2022

Governor Race

The latest news on Hawaii’s 2022 gubernatorial race.

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VIDEO: Duke Aiona And Josh Green Make Their Case For Governor As Election Nears

VIDEO: Duke Aiona And Josh Green Make Their Case For Governor As Election Nears

We asked the two candidates a series of quick-fire questions before a Civil Beat event Monday that featured a discussion with the top Republican and Democratic picks for governor.

The Job Interview: Heidi Tsuneyoshi HNN/2022

The Job Interview: Heidi Tsuneyoshi

Republican candidate Heidi Tsuneyoshi sits down with reporters to talk about why she’s running for Hawaii governor.

The Job Interview: Josh Green HNN/2022

The Job Interview: Josh Green

Democratic candidate Josh Green sits down with reporters to talk about why he’s running for Hawaii governor.

The Job Interview: Vicky Cayetano HNN/2022

The Job Interview: Vicky Cayetano

Democratic candidate Vicky Cayetano sits down with reporters to talk about why she’s running for Hawaii governor.

The Job Interview: Kai Kahele HNN/2022

The Job Interview: Kai Kahele

Democratic candidate Kai Kahele sits down with reporters to talk about why he’s running for Hawaii governor.

Gubernatorial candidates who have not returned a candidate Q&A: Kai Kahele (D), Mac Lewman (D), George Hawat (R), Keline Kahau (R), Water Woods (R), Keleionalani Taylor (N)

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Ongoing Coverage

Hawaii Governor: Josh Green Easily Defeats Duke Aiona Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii Governor: Josh Green Easily Defeats Duke Aiona

State Rep. Sylvia Luke is the state’s new lieutenant governor. The Democrats have been frontrunners in the race since early in the election cycle.

Hawaii’s New Governor Will Have To Make Some Hard Decisions On Crime And Punishment Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii’s New Governor Will Have To Make Some Hard Decisions On Crime And Punishment

Something must be done about Hawaii’s overcrowded and run-down jails, or the courts may finally force the state to act.

Vicky Cayetano: What I Learned In My Run For Governor Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Vicky Cayetano: What I Learned In My Run For Governor

Campaigns should bring people together, to raise issues that impact our lives and to attract the next generation of leaders to the important work of public service.

Doctors And Lawyers: Who’s Donating To Who In The Race For Hawaii Governor PF Bentley/Civil Beat/2014

Doctors And Lawyers: Who’s Donating To Who In The Race For Hawaii Governor

Updated: Campaign contributors have rewarded dozens of candidates with significant financial support this election season but the top race — for governor — has drawn the most money.

Chad Blair: Next Hawaii Governor May Pick Three Supreme Court Justices Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Chad Blair: Next Hawaii Governor May Pick Three Supreme Court Justices

By law, judges and justices have to retire by age 70. But that sure seems young, doesn’t it?

Governor Candidates On The Environment: Sharp Contrasts And A Little Overlap Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Governor Candidates On The Environment: Sharp Contrasts And A Little Overlap

Republican Duke Aiona emphasizes lower energy costs, while Democrat Josh Green stresses renewable and sustainable sources.

Whoever Wins, Hawaii’s Gubernatorial Candidates Offer A New Style Of Communication Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Whoever Wins, Hawaii’s Gubernatorial Candidates Offer A New Style Of Communication

Outgoing Gov. David Ige sometimes stumbled with his messaging, leading to criticism over his handling of the pandemic and the Legislature.

 

Why Ethics Reform Hasn’t Been A Bigger Issue In The Hawaii Governor’s Race Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Why Ethics Reform Hasn’t Been A Bigger Issue In The Hawaii Governor’s Race

Even after recent convictions of government officials, the Republican and the Democratic gubernatorial nominees have few specific reform proposals.

Latest Campaign Finance Report Shows Duke Aiona Is Struggling To Raise Cash Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Latest Campaign Finance Report Shows Duke Aiona Is Struggling To Raise Cash

Democrat Lt. Gov. Josh Green raised more money since mid-August for his campaign for governor than the Republican nominee has raised all year.

The Abortion Issue May Influence Voters In The Hawaii Race For Governor Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

The Abortion Issue May Influence Voters In The Hawaii Race For Governor

Democrat Josh Green and Republican Duke Aiona differ sharply on the issue, which is on many voters’ minds now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned.

Hawaii LG Candidate Junior Tupa‘i Is Sounding A Lot More Like Duke Aiona Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii LG Candidate Junior Tupa‘i Is Sounding A Lot More Like Duke Aiona

The GOP nominee for lieutenant governor has backed away from his primary campaign rhetoric and is aligning with his gubernatorial running mate.

Duke Aiona Is Running For Governor Again. Will This Time Be Any Different? AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy/2022

Duke Aiona Is Running For Governor Again. Will This Time Be Any Different?

The Republican former lieutenant governor and retired judge is well known, but must “thread the needle” as he campaigns in heavily Democratic Hawaii.

Duke Aiona Unveils Affordable Housing Plans Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Duke Aiona Unveils Affordable Housing Plans

The Republican candidate for governor focused on building programs that could lead to more affordable homeownership than adding more housing units.

Why Is Nomi Health Donating To Key Democrats In Blue State Hawaii After Giving Big To GOP? Iki Chan Wylie for USA TODAY

Why Is Nomi Health Donating To Key Democrats In Blue State Hawaii After Giving Big To GOP?

The Utah-based company contributed to the campaigns of six Democrats in Hawaii, including Josh Green and Sylvia Luke, the Democratic nominees for governor and lieutenant governor.

Hawaii Governor: Lt. Gov. Josh Green Wins Big In Democratic Primary Ku‘u Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii Governor: Lt. Gov. Josh Green Wins Big In Democratic Primary

Green will face Republican former Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona in the November general election.

Better Access To Public Records Among Proposals From GOP Candidates For Governor Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Better Access To Public Records Among Proposals From GOP Candidates For Governor

Transparency and government ethics has taken center stage in many races following high profile corruption cases in Hawaii, including the Republican gubernatorial primary.

Here’s What Climate Advocates Hope To See In Hawaii’s Next Governor Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Here’s What Climate Advocates Hope To See In Hawaii’s Next Governor

The state needs to dramatically cut its carbon emissions in the next eight years to hit its climate goals. That will require bold leadership, advocates say.

Hawaii Governor Candidate’s Hawaiian Homelands Remark Touches A Nerve With Some Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii Governor Candidate’s Hawaiian Homelands Remark Touches A Nerve With Some

Critics say Lt. Gov. Josh Green has used an inaccurate personal story about his mother-in-law for political gain. But others say he’s being unfairly targeted by political opponents.

Cayetano Continues To Pump Money Into Her Campaign As Her Fundraising Falls Short Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Cayetano Continues To Pump Money Into Her Campaign As Her Fundraising Falls Short

UPDATED: Kai Kahele filed his report late Wednesday showing he’s spent more than $200,000 on the race so far.

 

By Land And Space: How GOP Candidates For Governor Plan To Diversify Hawaii’s Economy Thomas Heaton/Civil Beat/2022

By Land And Space: How GOP Candidates For Governor Plan To Diversify Hawaii’s Economy

Duke Aiona eyes opportunities in the space industry, while Gary Cordery and Heidi Tsuneyoshi want more funding for farmers.

All 3 Top Candidates For Hawaii Governor Have Lucrative Side Jobs Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

All 3 Top Candidates For Hawaii Governor Have Lucrative Side Jobs

Civil Beat researched the business and outside employment interests of the leading Democratic candidates for governor.

Education: Governor Candidates Say More Money Is Needed To Fix Hawaii’s Schools Tim Wright/Civil Beat/2022

Education: Governor Candidates Say More Money Is Needed To Fix Hawaii’s Schools

Both Josh Green and Vicky Cayetano say teacher pay increases are key to improving the system. The candidates also floated ideas such as housing stipends and a new literacy program.

Diversifying The Economy: Governor Contenders Would Boost Ag, Small Business Tom Hasslinger/Civil Beat/2020

Diversifying The Economy: Governor Contenders Would Boost Ag, Small Business

Vicky Cayetano wants a permanent 50% excise tax cut for small businesses, while Josh Green is proposing new government subsidies to support Hawaii agriculture.

Affordable Housing: Top Democrats See ‘Emergency’ But Differ On How To Build Faster Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Affordable Housing: Top Democrats See ‘Emergency’ But Differ On How To Build Faster

Vicky Cayetano wants to work with the Legislature to declare a state of emergency in housing, while Josh Green wants to push ahead with 42,000 stalled units.

Cost Of Living: Here’s How Top Democratic Candidates Say They Could Help Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Cost Of Living: Here’s How Top Democratic Candidates Say They Could Help

Josh Green and Vicky Cayetano offered up their top economic priorities for providing urgently needed relief to cash-strapped residents.

Candidates For Governor Describe Hawaii’s Correctional System As ‘Deplorable’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Candidates For Governor Describe Hawaii’s Correctional System As ‘Deplorable’

Both Kai Kahele and Vicky Cayetano said they would explore new opportunities for using the governor’s clemency powers if elected.

Vicky Cayetano Turns To Self-Funding For Her Gubernatorial Campaign Danny de Gracia/Civil Beat/2019

Vicky Cayetano Turns To Self-Funding For Her Gubernatorial Campaign

Lt. Gov. Josh Green raised $1.47 million in the first six months of this year, vastly outpacing his opponents including U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele.

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Approval Ratings Improve for Ige, Slip For Green Hawaii News Now

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Approval Ratings Improve for Ige, Slip For Green

Kai Kahele does not fare well with voters while the rest of the delegation remains relatively popular. Rick Blangiardi is well-liked. The Legislature not so much.

Farmers Want Action From Hawaii Governor Candidates, Not Lip Service Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Farmers Want Action From Hawaii Governor Candidates, Not Lip Service

Farmers and ranchers feel investing in agriculture has become more of a buzzword than an actual concern for the executive branch.

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Aiona, Penn Lead Field In GOP Gov Contest Hawaii News Now

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Aiona, Penn Lead Field In GOP Gov Contest

Name recognition helps explain the advantage of the two front-runners in a race that features 10 contenders.