Richard Borreca
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald

Retired Air Force Col. Shirlene Dela Cruz Ostrov is defining either optimism or insanity as she takes over as head of the Hawaii Republican Party.

Hawai‘i is routinely described as a one-party state, as elected Republicans have dropped to just five in the 51-member state Legislature.

The list of GOP weaknesses include:

no Republicans in the state Senate;
two GOP leaders — former state House minority leader Rep. Beth Fukumoto and Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa — both leaving the GOP this year; and a red state wave that gave the Republicans control of the U.S. House, Senate and White House that completely missed deep blue Hawai‘i.

Hawai‘i posted the nation’s biggest rejection of Donald Trump’s election bid, with the New York billionaire winning only 30 percent of the vote here.

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