Complete Statewide List of Candidates Endorsed By Pono Hawaii Initiative (PHI)

All General Election ballots have been mailed to all registered voters throughout the State of Hawaii.

Contact your County Elections Division ( if you have not received your ballot!

* For info on the various Charter Amendments statewide please go to

Pono Hawaii Initiative – Endorsed Candidates

United States – President and Vice President
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

United States House of Representatives
Kaiali’i (Kai) Kahele, Congressional District 2

Office of Hawaiian Affairs
Keoni Souza, At-Large Trustee

Lanakila Mangauil, Hawaii Island Trustee

Colette Machado, Molokai and Lanai Trustee

City and County of Honolulu

State House of Representatives
Adrian Tam, House District 22 (Waikiki, Ala Moana, Kakaako)

Trish La Chica, House District 36 (Mililani Mauka, Mililani)

Michael Chapman, House District 45 (Schofield, Mokuleia, Waialua, Kunia, Waipio Acres, Mililani)

Lisa Marten, House District 51 (Kailua, Waimanalo)

Matt LoPresti, House District 41 (Ewa – Beach, Gentry, Villages, Hoakalei, Ocean Pointe)

City and County of Honolulu Council
Esther Kiaʻāina, County Council (District III)

Will Espero, County Council (District IX)

Hawaii County

State House of Representatives
Jeanne Kapela, House District 5 (Naalehu, Ocean View, Captain Cook, Kealakekua Kailua-Kona)

Hawaii County Council
Matt Kaneali’i-Kleinfelder, Hawaii County Council (Puna)

Heather Kimball, Hawaii County Council (Hilo)

Maui County

State House of Representatives
Tina Wildberger, House District 11 (Kihei, Wailea, Makena)

Maui County Council
Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, Maui Council (Moloka’i)

Gabe Johnson, Maui Council (Lana’i)

Kelly King, Maui County (South Maui)

Shane Sinenci, Maui Council (East Maui)

Tamara Paltin, Maui Council (Lahaina)

*All Maui residents are entitled to vote for all council candidates and are strongly encouraged to do so.

*Maui residents are encouraged to “vote yes” on all Charter amendments. Information on the Charter Amendment pertaining to the County Managing Director provision can be found here:

*Note: Maui voters should be aware of a well-funded campaign to defeat the Charter Amendments and the above candidates being run by pro-development forces operating in the shadows and managed out of Reno Nevada. For more info and background from a previous email I sent out to you read: SuperPac Targets Maui County Council (

Kauai County

Kauai County Council
Mason Chock, Kauai Council

Felicia Cowden, Kauai Council

Luke Evslin, Kauai Council

Billy DeCosta, Kauai Council

Mike Dandurand, Kauai Council

*All Kauai residents are entitled to vote for “up to 7 candidates” and are encouraged to vote for “all 5 candidates.”

“Each of the above Hawaii candidates has demonstrated clearly, by their past actions and present involvement in civic and community affairs, that they understand and embrace the principle of “people-driven” political leadership. In addition, each candidate has shown a high level of competence and experience in working with government and political systems. Most importantly, all are committed to pursuing a bold agenda in support of economic, social, and environmental justice.” Pono Hawaii Initiative (PHI)

All endorsed candidates together with links to their websites – can be found here:

QUESTIONS? Why some candidates are being endorsed and not others.

Please share this list widely with friends and family, and vote!


Gary Hooser (
Executive Director
Pono Hawaii Initiative

About garyhooser

This blog represents my thoughts as an individual person and does not represent the official position of any organization I may be affiliated with. I presently serve as volunteer President of the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.) I am the former Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of Hawaii. In another past life, I was an elected member of the Kauai County Council, a Hawaii State Senator, and Majority Leader, and the Director of Environmental Quality Control for the State of Hawaii - in an even earlier incarnation I was an entrepreneur and small business owner. Yes, I am one of the luckiest guys on the planet. Please visit my website AND sign up for my newsletter (unlike any email newsletter you have ever gotten, of that I am sure) - “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We’re afraid.” “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We will fall!” “Come to the edge.” And they came. And he pushed them. And they flew. - Christopher Logue (b.1926)
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