Headshots of Senate District 12 Candidates, Sen. Brickwood Galuteria and Sharon Moriwaki

Politics – Senate District 12, A Race to Watch

Kaka‘ako Development is the Hot-Button Issue for Democrats Brickwood Galuteria and Sharon Moriwaki Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Touching old-time McCully and Mö‘ili‘ili, the golden sands of Waikïkï and the tense mix of Honolulu’s housing wealth and poverty — Kaka‘ako, the state Senate’s 12th District is a touchstone of the old Hawai‘i moving....
Ellen Fukumoto with his parents, Grace and Tadashi Fukumoto

Political Advertorial – Elton Fukumoto

Democratic Candidate for State House of Representatives District 23 – Mänoa, Punahou, University, Mö‘ili‘ili My name is Elton Fukumoto and I am running for the State House of Representatives, District 23. If Isaac Choy was your representative, you live in District 23. I’m running because: 1) I’ll be an effective legislator, and 2) I have....
Candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Kim Coco Iwamoto

Political Advertorial – Kim Coco Iwamoto

Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Hawai‘i Question: Kim Coco, your father, Robert Noboru Iwamoto Jr., is President of Robert’s Hawaii Tours and a well-known businessman. Can you tell us more about your mother? Kim Coco: My mother, Toshiko Asamen, was born in California to parents who immigrated to California from Japan. They were farmers —....
Democratic Candidate, Dale Kobayashi, alongside a busy road waving with a red lei and Aloha Shirt

Political Advertorial – Dale Kobayashi

Democratic Candidate for State House of Representatives District 23 – Mänoa, Punahou, University, Mö‘ili‘ili First of all, I’d like to express my gratitude for this opportunity to state our views and provide your readership information to make an informed choice in the upcoming election. I spent my career in the global bond markets. My work....
Governor, David Ige

Political Advertorial – David Ige, Seeking Re-election for Governor

Hawai‘i’s first generation from Japan and Okinawa, my grandparents, had a saying: Kodomo no tame ni. All that they suffered and endured they did willingly for the sake of their children and the future. This sentiment is what drives me to make Hawai‘i better as we set the course for a brighter future for ourselves....
Group photo of campaign supporters holding signs featuring 'Sharon Moriwaki' with Democratic Candidate, Sharon Moriwaki

Political Advertorials – Sharon Moriwaki “A Voice for US at the State Capitol”

Democratic Candidate for State Senate District 12 — Waikïkï, Ala Moana, Kaka‘ako, Sheridan, McCully, Mö‘ili‘ili My name is Sharon Moriwaki. I was born into a Sheridan-area home and have been a Kaka‘ako resident for the last decade. I’ve seen how much unchecked luxury tower construction has changed our neighborhood. Offshore investors came first, residents were wrongly....
Sen. Hirono at the U.S. Capitol on Feb. 14 with Karen Kore- matsu (far right), daughter of World War II internment resister Fred Korematsu and executive director of the Fred T. Korema- tsu Institute, and civil rights attorney Don Tamaki, who served on Fred Korematsu’s coram nobis legal team. Earlier this year, Hirono and Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth introduced a resolution commemorating Jan. 30 as “Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution.” It denounces any effort to discriminate against an individual based on national origin or religion. (Photo courtesy Office of U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono)

Politics – America’s Child Goes to Bat For the “Dreamers”

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono Wages War with Trump Even As She Battles Cancer Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald It is 3:30 on a Tuesday afternoon in Honolulu and U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono is dashing into her third-floor office in the Prince Kühiö Federal Building as a sound bite of President Donald Trump plays....
Photo of former Hawaii Governor, George Ariyoshi

Lead Story – Former Gov. George Ariyoshi Sounds Off

Hawai‘i’s Senior Statesman Opines on the State of the State Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald George R. Ariyoshi, who will turn 92 next month, has served as one of the state’s Democratic leaders for so long that he is one of the signposts for politics and government in Hawai‘i. Unless the state Constitution....
Illustration by Arthur Kodani - of voter booths with callout bubble reading "AJA?"

Politics – “The Japanese Vote”

How Significant is “The Japanese Vote?” Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Asking about ethnic voting in Hawai‘i is like posing the question: “Is it raining in Hawai‘i?” Yes, somewhere in Hawai‘i almost every day, rain is falling and, yes, Hawai‘i voters take ethnicity into consideration when they go to the polls. But it....
“We can do better,” says former state Rep. Marcus Oshiro of the need to house the homeless. Oshiro recently joined the Hawai‘i Labor Relations Board.

Politics – Rep. Marcus Oshiro Reflects on Legislative Career

Veteran Wahiawa Lawmaker Joins Hawai‘i Labor Relations Board Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Born in 1959, the year Hawai‘i became a state seems just the sort of perfect Hawai‘i political note for Marcus Oshiro, who recently ended his 23-year tenure as a member of the state House of Representatives. In late August, Gov.....

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