Hawaii Governor Candidates for Governor, HI Election Race 2014
Hawaii Candidates for Governor
State Primary is August 9, 2014
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Hawaii Governor Election Race
Republican Governor Candidates
Duke Aiona (R)
Charles Djou (R)
Democrat Governor Candidates
Neil Abercrombie (D)
David Ige (D)
Hawaii Candidates for US Congress from HI
Hawaii Congressional Candidates
Ikaika Anderson (D)
Stanley Chang (D)
Will Espero (D)
Mufi Hannemann (D)
Donna Mercado Kim (D)
Hannah Miyamoto (D)
Mark Takai (D)
Jill Tokuda (D)
Kathryn Xian (D)
Charles Djou (R)
Linda Lingle (R)
Tulsi Gabbard (D)
History of Hawaii. Information that every Hawaii Election
Candidates for US Governor Should Know:
When Captain James Cook arrived in the Islands in 1778, he and his crew were the first Westerners to observe the rich Polynesian culture that had evolved over the course of centuries. As specially adapted as the plants and animals that thrived so far from other land, the Hawaiian people had learned to use their resources with ingenuity, skill and art, developing a lifestyle of abundance, deep spirituality and ample leisure.
Cook's arrival marked the advent of a new era for Hawaii, a time of monumental change that included opportunities, admiration and sharing as well as destruction, disease and death. Cook's own visit was a mixture of pleasure and pain as cultural signals were exchanged but often missed their mark and Cook was killed during a skirmish. Cooks published journals told the world about Hawaii and thus they were never left in isolation again. After Cook came George Vancouver, another British navigator, and after him came other ships from France, Russia, America and elsewhere.
As adventurers and traders began to frequent the Islands, the native subsistence economy changed to accommodate foreigners and foreign goods. Hawaiians acquired new materials and products - everything from iron tools to expensive furniture and fabrics that were not necessarily put to practical use but were valued as status symbols. New animals and plants arrived as well. Grazing animals like cattle, goats and sheep and invasive plant species made a major impact on the environment, drastically altering forests and overrunning defenseless native species. Hawaiians themselves caused serious damage as they cashed in on Chinese demand for sandalwood. With trade still controlled by ali`i, individual chiefs made fortunes by denuding the forests they controlled.
The sandalwood trade breezed through its boom and bust cycle in fairly short order, but it was soon replaced by whaling. American and European whalers hunting in Arctic waters wintered in Hawaii, their resupply needs supporting new ventures in farming and cattle ranching. Old traditions of farming and fishing deteriorated as a cash economy took over trade transactions. The changing economics mirrored changes throughout Hawaiian society. The king instituted a formal change in land tenure in 1848 with the Mahele.
Hawaii: Governor to Appoint Democrat to Serve Until 2014
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat, will have a limited choice of successors to appoint to succeed the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye.
According to Hawaii election official, the governor will choose from a list of three candidates submitted to him by the state Democratic Party. The appointee will serve until November 2014, when a special election will be held to fill the final two years of Inouye’s current term.
Abercrombie is not required to make the appointment by any particular date.
On Monday, Democratic sources in the Aloha State and in Washington, D.C., talked up the following potential candidates for the seat:
- Irene Inouye: The late Governor’s widow serves as president of the U.S.-Japan Council, according to her biography.
- Rep. Colleen Hanabusa: The one-term Democrat toyed with running for Governor this past cycle but deferred to Sen.-elect Mazie K. Hirono in the primary.
- Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz: The former party chairman is an establishment favorite. He has also demonstrated an interest in coming to Capitol Hill from his unsuccessful bid for Congress in 2006.
- Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann: He’s run for Congress three times, including most recently in 2012, when he lost to Rep.-elect Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat. He also challenged Abercrombie in the gubernatorial primary in 2010, which makes the governor less likely to appoint him.
- Former Rep. Ed Case is not a party favorite since he challenged Sen. Daniel K. Akaka in 2006. But that doesn’t mean he won’t try to be considered for the appointment — or run in the special election in 2014.
Although Hawaii remains a staunchly Democratic state, Republicans could try to make a play for the 2014 special election by attempting to recruit former two-term Republican Gov. Linda Lingle to run. Lingle lost badly in her 2012 Governor bid, but she is one of the few Hawaii Republicans to have had success in the Aloha State in recent years.