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Hawaii County Primary Election Guide

Your one-stop guide for primary election races in the County of Hawaiʻi, with associated research and media links.

in Hawaii Politics

This compilation gives a voter the ability to access the current campaign and media available to evaluate and compare State Legislature and County level primary races for key criteria and “change potential.”

When pictures are included, they are intended to draw attention to strong challenges or candidates. These are not endorsements, but reflect candidates that could have an impact in these races, offices and Hawaii’s future.

Criteria is based on the premises articulated in the main article “Primarily Voting For Change”;
1. New Candidate (or relatively new. Challenging incumbent and/or stepping up to higher office)
2. Female (to address the gender inequity in offices)
3. Young (to address the age representation inequity in offices)
4. Grassroots (community based, public interest, not corporate-funded)

[Related: Primarily Voting For Change]

The intent in promoting change is to enhance the democratic process and expose voters to options that make primary candidate evaluation easier, versus a default to name recognition or incumbent advantage. See all the candidate specific links (orange) under each candidate and published non-campaign media and videos below in each race area and/or at the bottom of the guide.

We encourage readers to look at the basic criteria, as well as both/all of the candidates platforms and positions. Evaluate based on substantive criteria, research, community engagement and nature of campaign donors. Decisions for support, donation, advocacy and voting are up to you!

Engage mail in, early and election day voting and also encourage your ohana, organizations and communities. Make the Primary little ‘d’ democracy in the islands strong— It is where we have the widest and most diverse choices. So… People to the primary polls!

Jump to: Maui County Primary Election Guide, Oahu County Primary Election Guide, Kauai County Primary Election Guide
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State Senate District 1

Democratic Incumbent, No Challenge-
Kaialii Kahele
(808) 959-6579
senatorkaikahele@gmail.com
www.senatorkahele.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A

State Senate District 2- No Election

State Senate District 3

Brenda Ford Web

Democratic Candidate, With Opponent
Brenda Ford
(808) 323-2323
labford@turquoise.net
www.votebrendaford.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A

Democratic Candidate, With Opponent
Dru Kanuha
(808) 989-0802
info@drukanuha.com
www.drukanuha.com
Facebook

Decision 2018: Senate District 3 Forum (video 60.00 mins)
Show ID: 4381 Features: Brenda Ford, Dru Kanuha

Candidates for state Senate District 3 offer views at community forum

State Senate District 4

Heather Kimball Web

Democratic Challenger
Heather Kimball
(808) 333-1535
heather@voteforkimball.com
www.hkimball.com
Facebook

Democratic Incumbent
Lorraine Inouye
(808) 430-4230
ljrinouye@gmail.com
www.lorraineinouye.com
Facebook

Decision 2018: State Legislature Candidates
Show ID: 4382 Features: Heather Kimball @ Intro, 10.40. 39:30, 53.10 mins

Inouye, Kimball face off for state seat

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House of Reps. District 1 (Primary winner elected outright)

Koohan Paik

Democratic Challenger
Koohan Paik-Mander
(808) 775-7758
koohanpaik@gmail.com
Facebook

Democratic Incumbent
Mark Nakashima
(808) 775-9170
marknakashima2018@gmail.com
www.marknakashima.org
Facebook

House of Reps. District 2

Terri Napeahi

Democratic Challenger
Terri Napeahi
(808) 315-9996
tnapeahi@yahoo.com
www.votenapeahi.com
Facebook

Democratic Incumbent (from appointment)
Chris Todd
(808) 825-8636
christmastodd@gmail.com
www.toddforhawaii.com
Facebook

House of Reps. District 3

Raina Whiting

Democratic Challenger
Raina Whiting
(808) 464-0799
rainawhiting@gmail.com
www.voteraina.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A

Democratic Incumbent
Richard Onishi
(808) 959-5702
ronishi001@hawaii.rr.com
www.friendsforrichardonishi.com
Facebook

Teacher challenges Onishi for state House seat

House of Reps. District 4

Democratic Candidate, No Opponent
Joy San Buenaventura
(808) 935-6094
joy4puna@outlook.com
www.joy4puna.com
Facebook

House of Reps. District 5

Richard Creagan

Democratic Incumbent, With Opponent
Richard Creagan
(808) 929-7606
repcreagan@gmail.com
Facebook

Jeanne Kapela

Democratic Candidate, With Opponent-
Jeanne Kapela
(808) 854-1148
jeanne@jeannekapela.com
www.jeannekapela.com
Facebook

House of Reps. District 6

Democratic Incumbent, No Challenge
Nicole Lowen
(808) 937-8196
nicole@nicolelowen.com
www.nicolelowen.com
Facebook

House of Reps. District 7

Democratic Incumbent
Cynthia Evans
(808) 345-5810
cynthiaevans@aol.com
Facebook

Democratic Challenger
David Tarnas
(808) 987-5810
votetarnas@gmail.com
www.votetarnas.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A

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Hawaii County Council (Non-Partisan)

District 1

Valerie Poindexter, Incumbent
(808) 962-6048
valeriepoindexter@mac.com
www.valeriepoindexter.org
Facebook

Abraham Sadegh
(808) 345-4471
abolghassemsadegh@hotmail.com

District 2

Aaron Chung, Incumbent
(808) 937-4772
aaronchung@hawaii.rr.com
Facebook

William Halversen
(808) 238-2250
billhalversen@gmail.com

Decision 2018: County Council Districts 2 & 5 Forum (video 30.00 mins)
Show ID: 4376 Featuring: Aaron Chung- D2, Frederic Wirick- D5

District 3

Incumbent, No Challenge
Susan Lee Loy
(808) 895-9545
sue@voteleeloy.com
www.voteleeloy.com
Facebook

District 4

Eileen O'Hara

Eileen O’Hara, Incumbent
(808) 896-1902
eohara58@gmail.com
www.ohara4puna.com
Candidate Q&A

Ashley Kierkiewicz
(808) 989-4004
ashley4puna@gmail.com
www.ashley4puna.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A

Decision 2018: County Council Districts 4 Forum (video 30.00 mins)
Show ID: 4375 Featuring: Eileen O’Hara, Ashley Kierkiewicz

Lava a hot topic for Puna council candidates

District 5

Matthew Kanealii-Kleinfelder

Matthew Kanealii-Kleinfelder
(808) 756-3933
punamatters@gmail.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A

Frederic Wirick
(808) 557-7620
wirickccd5@gmail.com
www.wirickccd5.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A

Decision 2018: County Council Districts 2 & 5 Forum (video 30.00 mins)
Show ID: 4376 Featuring: Aaron Chung- D2, Frederic Wirick- D5

Lava a hot topic for Puna council candidates

District 6

Maile David, Incumbent
(808) 987-6167
mdavidcouncil@gmail.com
www.mailedavid.com
Candidate Q&A

Richard Abbett
(808) 333-6241
reabbett@gmail.com
Facebook

Yumi Kawano
(808) 443-9202
Justtellingitlikeitis@mail.com
Facebook

District 7

Rebecca Villegas

Rebecca Shute-Villegas
(808) 960-2805
bambooshute@gmail.com
Facebook

Kelly Drysdale
(808) 896-0777
bigislandkd@gmail.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A

Bronsten Kossow
(808) 217-7285
votekossow@gmail.com
www.bronstenkossow.com
Facebook

Cynthia Nazara
(808) 756-0105
cynazara@gmail.com
Facebook

Decision 2018: County Council Districts 7 Forum (video 30.00 mins)
Show ID: 4377 Featuring: Rebecca Shute-Villegas, Bronsten Kossow, Kelly Drysdale

District 7 hopefuls address issues at West Hawaii forum

District 8

Incumbent, No Challenge
Karen Eoff
(808) 938-3580
keoff@hawaii.rr.com
www.kareneoff.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A

District 9

Maya Parish

Margaret (Maya) Parish
(808) 747-3277
mayaparish@gmail.com
www.mayaparish.org
Facebook
Candidate Q&A

Herbert (Tim) Richards III, Incumbent
(434) 466-1637
trdist9@gmail.com

Decision 2018: County Council Districts 9 Forum (video 30.00 mins)
Show ID: 4378 Featuring: Maya Parish, Tim Richards III
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Hawaii Island Election & Media Links:

Early Voting- Mail & Walk In
Early walk-in dates are as follows: Primary Election: Monday, July 30 - Thursday, August 9

HAWAI’I ELECTIONS 2018: Where Do I Vote?

HAWAI‘I ELECTIONS 2018: Who’s Running for What?

Hawaii Island Voters Guide

Campaign Spending Reports
Search by Name or Office; Click name, click ‘View Report’ for 7.31.17 and 1.30.18 ‘Schedule A- Contributions Received’

Decision 2018: State Legislature Candidates (video 60.00 mins)
Show ID: 4382- Features: Raina Whiting, Jeanne Kapela, Chris Todd, Heather Kimball

Honoka’a Forum Features Senate D4, House D1 Races (video)

2 Of These 4 Candidates Will Represent Puna On County Council (video)

State House District 1: Incumbent to face first-time candidate

Big Island: Volcano Politics Play Out In Lava-Swamped Council District

Big Island: Incumbent’s Surprise Withdrawal Opens Up Council Race

Incumbent County Council members raising more dough than challengers

Challengers in two Big Island legislative races are outraising incumbents

Candidates Say ‘Pay To Play’ Is Unfair For Newspaper Voter’s Guide

Absentee applications being sent to lava victims

Polling place to open in Pahoa on election day

Candidates report contributions as election season kicks into gear

The campaign money game: Two legislative challengers out-raise incumbents

Election 2018: Challengers seek incumbent face-time

Primary matchups take shape

Candidate list set: Election already won for 4 candidates

Election Map- Hawaii Island

Election Maps Statewide

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