Hawaii Senate Candidates for Senator, HI Election Race 2014
Hawaii Candidates for Congress
State Primary is August 9, 2014
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Hawaii Senator Election Race
Democrat Senator Candidates
Brian Schatz (D)
Brian Evans (D)
Colleen Hanabusa (D)
Republican Senator Candidates
Cam Cavasso (R)
Charles Djou (R)
Harry Friel Jr. (R)
John Roco (R)
Other Senator Candidates
Joy Allison (Non Partisan)
Art Reyes (Non Partisan)
Hawaii Candidates for US Congress from HI
Hawaii Congressional Candidates
Ikaika Anderson (D)
Stanley Chang (D)
Will Espero (D)
Donna Mercado Kim (D)
Joey Manahan (D)
Hannah Miyamoto (D)
Mark Takai (D)
Kathryn Xian (D)
Charles Djou (R)
Allan Levene (R)
Tulsi Gabbard (D)
Marissa Capelouto (R)
David "Kawika" Crowley (R)
History of Hawaii. Information that every Hawaii Election
Candidates for US Senate 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.
Campaign Cash Aready Fueling Hawaii's 2014 Senate Race
When Esther Kiaaina made her pitch to Hawaii Democrats about her qualifications for the U.S. Senate vacancy, she argued that she had more experience in Washington, D.C., than the other 13 applicants.
She also made this provocative statement: "Your decision today is not about who can raise the most money on day one. Trust me - being an incumbent and being effective does wonders. Your decision is about who can be the most effective on day one, and I am that person."
But other applicants chose to stress their fundraising prowess.
"The person appointed must also be able to raise funds, and I have shown that I can do that," state Sen. Donna Mercado Kim told the State Central Committee on Dec. 26. "I have over a quarter million dollars in my war chest."
"I have been in discussions with a few of the mainland organizations that have elected Senator Tammy Baldwin from Wisconsin, and they've pledged $750,000 should I be the selected person to actually help me in 2014," said Blake Oshiro, deputy chief of staff to Gov. Neil Abercrombie.
In the end, the SCC and the governor went with Brian Schatz. But Schatz also promised Democrats he would "run vigorously" for re-election in 2014 and 2016, should he be appointed senator.
To do that, he'll need lots of money, because it is necessary to win elections - today more than ever. The Center for Responsive Politics reports that the 2012 federal elections likely cost $6 billion, "shattering the previous record by more than $700 million."
The most expensive races besides the presidential contest were for the Senate: $70 million in Massachusetts, $52 million in Texas and $50 million in Connecticut. If you factor in outside money, Virginia was the most expensive at $82 million.
Spending in Hawaii's Senate race this year was far more modest, according to recent filings with the Federal Election Commission, but still not chump change: $5.5 million by Democrat Mazie Hirono, the winner, and $5.4 million by Republican Linda Lingle.