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Kauai County Primary Election Guide

Your one-stop guide for primary election races in the County of Kauai, 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: Hawaii County Primary Election Guide, Maui County Primary Election Guide, Oahu County Primary Election Guide
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State Senate District 8- No Election

House of Reps. District 14

Democratic Incumbent, No Challenge
Nadine Nakamura
(808) 635-1507
nknplan@hawaii.rr.com
www.nadinenakamura.com

House of Reps. District 15

Democratic Challenger
Elaine Daligdig
(808) 634-1007
greentea@hawaii.rr.com

Democratic Incumbent
James Tokioka
(808) 652-7272
jtokioka@hotmail.com

House of Reps. District 16

Democratic Incumbent
Daynette Morikawa
(808) 651-8855
daynette.morikawa@gmail.com

Democratic Challenger
Stephanie Iona
(808) 478-5045
stephanieiona808@gmail.com
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Kauai County Mayor (Non-Partisan)

JoAnn Yukimura

JoAnn Yukimura
(808) 652-3988
jyukimura@gmail.com
www.joannyukimura.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
The Garden Island

Ana Mo Des
(808) 346-6675
anamo56@gmail.com

Debra Kekaualua
(808) 482-0172
dkekaualua@yahoo.com
Candidate Q&A
The Garden Island

Derek Kawakami
(808) 639-3790
derekforkauai@gmail.com
www.derekkawakami.com

Mel Rapozo
(808) 645-0243
melforkauai@gmail.com
www.melforkauai.com
Candidate Q&A

Leonard Rapozo
(808) 639-1965
lennyrapozo@yahoo.com
The Garden Island

Clint Yago
(808) 652-0626
yago.clint@yahoo.com
The Garden Island

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAI’I: Kaua’i Mayor (video)
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Kauai County Council (Non-Partisan)

Felicia Cowden

Felicia Cowden
(808) 652-4363
akamaimom@gmail.com
www.feliciacowden.com
Facebook
Candidate Q&A
The Garden Island

Mason Chock

Mason Chock, Incumbent
(808) 651-7013
mason4kauai@gmail.com
www.mason4kauai.org
Facebook
Candidate Q&A

Adam Roversi

Adam Roversi
(808) 652-9706
electadamroversi@gmail.com
www.electadamroversi.org
Facebook
Candidate Q&A

Norma Doctor Sparks
(808) 351-0306
normadoctorsparks@gmail.com
Candidate Q&A
The Garden Island

Kanoe Ahuna
(808) 631-8765
kanoeahuna@gmail.com

Juno Ann Apalla
(808) 634-5840
info@junoapalla.org
www.junoapalla.com

Cecilia Hoffman
(808) 635-5063
cknhofman@gmail.com

Shirley Simbre-Medeiros
(808) 645-0668
shsimbr@alulike.org
The Garden Island

Victoria Franks
(479) 715-2843
vhfranks@gmail.com
The Garden Island

Shaylene Iseri
(808) 634-6662
Candidate Q&A

Theodore Daligdig
(808) 634-1003
peachtea@hawaii.rr.com

Bill DeCosta
(808) 742-7044
billyndrena@hawaii.rr.com

Luke Evslin
(808) 635-6623
luke@lukeevslin.com
www.lukeevslin.com
Candidate Q&A

Richard Fukushima
(808) 652-1306
rsatoshi@hotmail.com
The Garden Island

Dominic Acain
(808) 346-2196
dom.acain@yahoo.com
Candidate Q&A

Kipukai Kualii
(808) 652-3684
kipukai.kualii@gmail.com
www.kualii.com

Nelson Mukai
(808) 634-1290
nelsonhm@hawaii.edu
The Garden Island

Wally Nishimura
(808) 651-6519
wally.nishimura@hotmail.com
The Garden Island

Roy Saito
(808) 652-2611
gold-express@hotmail.com
The Garden Island

Milo Spindt
(808) 631-7602
milospindt@gmail.com
www.milospindt.com
Candidate Q&A
The Garden Island

Harold Vidinha
(808) 639-0678
votekauai2018@yahoo.com

Arthur Brun, Incumbent
(808) 651-5220
friendsofarthurbrun@gmail.com
www.brun4council.com
Candidate Q&A

Ross Kagawa, Incumbent
(808) 635-1605
kagawar004@hawaii.rr.com

Arryl Kaneshiro, Incumbent
(808) 652-5216
arrylkaneshiro@gmail.com
www.votekaneshiro.com
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Kauai Election & Media Links:

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

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’

Kaneshiro leads council race contributions

Kawakami leading in campaign contributions

Mayor candidates sound off

Kauai: Biggest Local Election In A Generation

Who to vote against on Kauai - 2018

24 in council race

Kauai Elections and Voting By The Numbers

2018 Kauai Election & Hard Choices Ahead (5/18/18 candidate update)

The Voter Non-Voter Conundrum

Campaign Strategy, Status and Needs – 16 days left to win on August 11th

Island Breath 2018 Kauai Voting Recommendations

Office of the County Clerk

Election Map- Kauai

Election Maps Statewide

Super PACs spending to influence the vote

We Need Public Financing Of Political Campaigns

Kauai flood victims to get ballot applications by mail

Registered voters on the north shore of Kauai who were directly impacted by flooding in April will be mailed absentee ballot applications and information for the Aug. 11 primary election, according to a statement released by Kauai’s Office of the County Clerk, Elections Division.

This enhanced voting service is for those living inside the established security checkpoints that were created as a result of road damage from the flooding. The damage has resulted in restricted travel routes from Wainiha to Haena.

Absentee ballot applications will also be available at the security checkpoints and at the Hanalei Colony Resort. Voters living inside the security checkpoints should submit their applications by July 6 and pick up their ballots on July 20 at the Hanalei Colony Resort. For more information visit www.kauai.gov/countyclerk, www.kauai.gov/elections and www.kauai.gov/KEMA.

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