Hawaii Elections 2020

Honolulu Mayor 2020 Election

More than a dozen people are running for Honolulu mayor this year, to replace Kirk Caldwell who is term-limited. It’s the biggest race in Hawaii in 2020. Civil Beat profiled the five leading candidates and partnered with Hawaii News Now on in-depth interviews and analysis. All candidates were invited to answer a detailed questionnaire about their views on key issues.
Colleen Hanabusa: ‘You Don’t Need Someone Who Needs Training Wheels’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Colleen Hanabusa: ‘You Don’t Need Someone Who Needs Training Wheels’

The former congresswoman has two decades of political experience and government service behind her. Now she wants to be Honolulu’s mayor.

Kym Pine: The New Face Of ‘Working Families’ Or Just The Status Quo? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kym Pine: The New Face Of ‘Working Families’ Or Just The Status Quo?

Pine is a former state legislator and two-term City Council member. She’s the only mayoral candidate currently in an elected office.

Keith Amemiya: Political Outsider Or Establishment Insider? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Keith Amemiya: Political Outsider Or Establishment Insider?

Despite deep political ties to numerous state and local officials, Keith Amemiya says he has the fresh perspective that Honolulu needs in the mayor’s office.  

Rick Blangiardi: This Former TV Exec Wants To Be CEO Of Honolulu Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rick Blangiardi: This Former TV Exec Wants To Be CEO Of Honolulu

Rick Blangiardi regularly used his platform on Hawaii News Now to criticize from the sidelines. Now he admits he doesn’t have all the answers either.

Mufi Hannemann: He Was Mayor Once Before. Will That Help Or Hurt With Voters? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Mufi Hannemann: He Was Mayor Once Before. Will That Help Or Hurt With Voters?

In the Honolulu mayor’s race, a seasoned politician like Hannemann can tout his successes but also has a long record ripe for scrutiny.  

Video Interviews

VIDEO: The Job Interview — Honolulu Mayoral Candidate Colleen Hanabusa

VIDEO: The Job Interview — Honolulu Mayoral Candidate Colleen Hanabusa

In an hourlong conversation, the candidate fields questions from Civil Beat and Hawaii News Now on leadership, trust, tourism and the economy.

VIDEO: The Job Interview — Honolulu Mayoral Candidate Kym Pine

VIDEO: The Job Interview — Honolulu Mayoral Candidate Kym Pine

In an hourlong conversation, the candidate fields questions from Civil Beat and Hawaii News Now on leadership, policing, agriculture and the economy.

VIDEO: The Job Interview — Honolulu Mayoral Candidate Keith Amemiya

VIDEO: The Job Interview — Honolulu Mayoral Candidate Keith Amemiya

In an hourlong conversation, the candidate fields questions from Civil Beat and Hawaii News Now on leadership, trust, tourism and the economy.

VIDEO: The Job Interview — Honolulu Mayoral Candidate Rick Blangiardi

VIDEO: The Job Interview — Honolulu Mayoral Candidate Rick Blangiardi

In an hourlong conversation, the candidate fields questions from Civil Beat and Hawaii News Now on leadership, homelessness, tourism and the economy.

VIDEO: The Job Interview — Honolulu Mayoral Candidate Mufi Hannemann

VIDEO: The Job Interview — Honolulu Mayoral Candidate Mufi Hannemann

In an hourlong conversation, the candidate fields questions from Civil Beat and Hawaii News Now on leadership, property taxes, tourism and the economic crisis due to COVID-19.

Candidate Q&As

Colleen Hanabusa

Kymberly Pine

Keith Amemiya

Rick Blangiardi

Mufi Hannemann

Duke Bourgoin

Ernest Caravalho

John Carroll

Choon James

Audrey Keesing

Bud Stonebraker

Ho Yin (Jason) Wong

Mayoral Candidates who have not returned a Candidate Q&A

Karl Dicks, Tim Garry and Micah Mussell

Ongoing Coverage

Honolulu Mayor: Blangiardi And Amemiya Advance To Runoff Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Mayor: Blangiardi And Amemiya Advance To Runoff

The two former businessmen, both in their first foray into politics, are headed to the Nov. 3 general election

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Blangiardi Holds Double-Digit Lead In Honolulu Mayor’s Race Hawaii News Now

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Blangiardi Holds Double-Digit Lead In Honolulu Mayor’s Race

But Hanabusa and Amemiya are tied for second and will likely force a runoff in November.

Hanabusa, Esser Surge In Campaign Cash In Race For Mayor, Prosecutor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hanabusa, Esser Surge In Campaign Cash In Race For Mayor, Prosecutor

Keith Amemiya and Steve Alm have raised and spent the most overall but their challengers gained momentum in the month leading up to the primary.

Mayoral Candidate Aims To Break Through With TV Spot

Mayoral Candidate Aims To Break Through With TV Spot

Bud Stonebraker buys airtime along with “big five” Hannemann, Amemiya, Pine, Hanabusa and Blangiardi.

New Rick Blangiardi TV Ads: ‘I’m Not A Politician’

New Rick Blangiardi TV Ads: ‘I’m Not A Politician’

The candidate for Honolulu mayor blames “career politicians” for the city’s problems.

Denby Fawcett: MidWeek’s Troubling Pay-To-Play Journalism Screenshot

Denby Fawcett: MidWeek’s Troubling Pay-To-Play Journalism

Mayoral candidate Keith Amemiya’s cover story this week looks like a news article but it’s a paid advertisement.

How Kym Pine Is Using the ‘Power Of Incumbency’ In Mayor’s Race

How Kym Pine Is Using the ‘Power Of Incumbency’ In Mayor’s Race

The term-limited Honolulu councilwoman is making use of her city platform as she seeks higher office. 

Honolulu’s Next Mayor Will Face Major Obstacles On Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu’s Next Mayor Will Face Major Obstacles On Rail

Most of the top contenders say they would hit the brakes on the $9 billion project if financial hurdles can’t be overcome.

Here’s How Honolulu’s Mayoral Candidates Want To Help The Economy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s How Honolulu’s Mayoral Candidates Want To Help The Economy

Mayoral candidates differ on taxes and growing the economy, but agree that tourism had grown too big before the COVID-19 crisis.

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