Hawaii Elections 2022

Governor Race

The latest news on Hawaii’s 2022 gubernatorial race.
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.

Ethics Reform: Leading Democrats Endorse Term Limits For State Lawmakers PF Bentley/Civil Beat/2014

Ethics Reform: Leading Democrats Endorse Term Limits For State Lawmakers

Josh Green and Vicky Cayetano both want to limit members of the state House to four terms, and members of the Senate to two terms.

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.

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.

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.

Videos

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)

Ongoing Coverage

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.

Kai Kahele Won’t Be Able To Get Public Funding For Governor’s Race Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Kai Kahele Won’t Be Able To Get Public Funding For Governor’s Race

After failing to submit a required document when he filed for election, Kahele will miss out on over $200,000 of public funding this primary cycle.

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Green Enjoys 30 Point Lead Over Kahele, Cayetano In Gov Race Hawaii News Now

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Green Enjoys 30 Point Lead Over Kahele, Cayetano In Gov Race

The lieutenant governor is thus far heavily favored in the Democratic primary next month.

Top Hawaii Governor Candidates Exchange Shots At Forum Screenshot/2022

Top Hawaii Governor Candidates Exchange Shots At Forum

Particularly sharp exchanges between Josh Green and Kai Kahele suggest this campaign season will be a scrappy spectacle.

Hawaii GOP Candidates For Governor Want Tax Cuts. Good Luck With The Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Hawaii GOP Candidates For Governor Want Tax Cuts. Good Luck With The Legislature

The proposals from the major candidates vary, but all would likely face hurdles.

Denby Fawcett: Paid Ads Posing As News Stories Blur The Lines Screenshot

Denby Fawcett: Paid Ads Posing As News Stories Blur The Lines

A MidWeek cover story about Vicky Cayetano is part of a disturbing trend in media making it harder to distinguish between real news stories and paid advertising.

What Are The Odds Kai Kahele Could Become Governor? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

What Are The Odds Kai Kahele Could Become Governor?

Kahele is a pilot and a war veteran, and may be an appealing candidate. But he has little money for advertising, and was very late to the starting gate.

Kai Kahele Could Have Trouble Financing His Run For Governor Nick Grube/Civil Beat/2020

Kai Kahele Could Have Trouble Financing His Run For Governor

The congressman says his gubernatorial campaign will be grassroots-funded but he’s raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from special interests in the past.

Congressman Kai Kahele Joins The Race For Hawaii Governor Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Congressman Kai Kahele Joins The Race For Hawaii Governor

UPDATED: The Hilo native says he’ll run a grassroots campaign that rejects donations from corrupt special interests. He also won’t resign from Congress.

Kirk Caldwell Drops Out Of Race For Hawaii Governor Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Kirk Caldwell Drops Out Of Race For Hawaii Governor

The former Honolulu mayor said his campaign struggled with funding and momentum.

Danny De Gracia: Why We Need A Member Of Congress Who Will Stay Put Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Danny De Gracia: Why We Need A Member Of Congress Who Will Stay Put

Kai Kahele’s apparent desire to leave his seat to run for governor is just the latest example of a political revolving door.

Hardly Anyone Is Raising Money To Run Against Kahele, Case Or Schatz Nick Grube/Civil Beat/2020

Hardly Anyone Is Raising Money To Run Against Kahele, Case Or Schatz

UPDATED. Contributions to Kahele fell off in the first quarter of 2022 while Case saw more donations to his campaign and Schatz continued to bring in significant sums.

Documents Show US Rep. Kai Kahele Has A Special Deal With Hawaiian Airlines Nick Grube/Civil Beat/2021

Documents Show US Rep. Kai Kahele Has A Special Deal With Hawaiian Airlines

Just before Kahele took office, the airline and national pilots union agreed to a new provision in the union contract granting a special leave for pilots who are also elected officials.

Questions Raised Over Kai Kahele’s Job With Hawaiian Airlines Nick Grube/Civil Beat/2020

Questions Raised Over Kai Kahele’s Job With Hawaiian Airlines

The first-term Hawaii congressman is an airline pilot who has been picking up flights while also working as an elected official.

Has US Rep. Kai Kahele Given Up On Washington? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Has US Rep. Kai Kahele Given Up On Washington?

The Hawaii congressman, who hasn’t been to the nation’s capital since January, has been having other members cast his votes for months.

Chad Blair: A Line Forms To Replace Kai Kahele In Congress Screenshot/2022

Chad Blair: A Line Forms To Replace Kai Kahele In Congress

If the congressman runs for Hawaii governor as expected, there are candidates eager to take his place in D.C.

Two Candidates For Governor Are Getting Detailed Ideas Out Early

Two Candidates For Governor Are Getting Detailed Ideas Out Early

Vicky Cayetano and Kirk Caldwell offer specific solutions in new political advertisements.

Lt. Gov. Josh Green Is Racking Up Union Endorsements, Adding To His Momentum Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Lt. Gov. Josh Green Is Racking Up Union Endorsements, Adding To His Momentum

Green and Rep. Sylvia Luke are both being backed by two of the most important public worker unions, the HGEA and the teachers’ union.

Ad Watch: Vicky Cayetano Channels Elvis In First TV Spot Screenshot

Ad Watch: Vicky Cayetano Channels Elvis In First TV Spot

The candidate for governor says Hawaii’s people need “a little less conversation, and a lot more action.”

Josh Green Has An Early Money Lead In 2022 Hawaii Governor’s Race Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Josh Green Has An Early Money Lead In 2022 Hawaii Governor’s Race

House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke leads the lieutenant governor’s race when it comes to campaign cash raised so far.