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Hawaii elections, 2012

Hawaii's 2012 general elections will be held on November 6, 2012. Primary elections were held on August 11, 2012.



Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka, who has held the position since 1990, is retiring.[1]

U.S. Representative Mazie Hirono sought and received the Democratic nomination to succeed Akaka. She defeated former U.S. Representative Ed Case, Michael Gillespie, Antonio Gimbernat, and Arturo Pacheco Reyes in the Democratic primary.[2][3]

Former Governor Linda Lingle sought and received the Republican nomination. She defeated former state Senator John Carroll, Charles Collins, Eddie Pirkowski, and John Roco in the Republican primary.[3][4]

House of Representatives

1st congressional district

Democratic incumbent Colleen Hanabusa, who has represented the 1st district since January 2011, is running for re-election.[5] She defeated Roy Wyttenbach II in the Democratic primary.[6]

Former U.S. Representative Charles Djou, who represented the 1st district from May 2010 to January 2011, sought and received the Republican nomination to challenge Hanabusa.[7] He defeated C. Kaui Amsterdam and John Giuffre in the Republican primary.[8]

2nd congressional district

Democratic incumbent Mazie Hirono, who has represented the 2nd district since 2007, is running for the U.S. Senate.[9]

Tulsi Gabbard, a member of the Honolulu City Council, sought and received the Democratic nomination to succeed Hirono. She defeated Rafael Del Castillo, an attorney; Mufi Hannemann, the former Mayor of Honolulu; Esther Kia'aina, the chief advocate of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs; Bob Marx, an attorney; and, Miles Shiratori, a financial advisor, in the Democratic primary.[10]

Kawika Crowley, a handyman, sought and received the Republican nomination. He defeated Matt DiGeronimo, a businessman and former Navy officer, in the Republican primary.[11][12]

State Legislature


Because of redistricting, all 25 members of the Hawaii Senate are up for election. The state Senate currently consists of 24 Democrats and 1 Republican.

Open seats

District 2: This is a new seat, with no current incumbent.[13]

District 25: Democratic incumbent Pohai Ryan was defeated in the primary.[14]

House of Representatives

All 51 members of the Hawaii House of Representatives are up for election. The state House currently consists of 43 Democrats and 8 Republicans.

Open seats

District 6: This is a new seat, with no current incumbent.[15]

District 19: Republican incumbent Barbara Marumoto is retiring.[16]

District 30 (old District 29): Democratic incumbent Joey Manahan is running for a seat on the Honolulu City Council.[17]

District 34: This is a new seat, with no current incumbent.[18]

District 40 (old District 43): Republican incumbent Kymberly Pine is running for a seat on the Honolulu City Council.[19]

District 45: This is a new seat, with no current incumbent.[20]

District 47 (old District 46): Republican incumbent Gil Riviere was defeated in the primary.[21]


  1. ^ DePledge, Derrick (March 2, 2011). "AKAKA WILL NOT SEEK RE-ELECTION IN 2012".  
  2. ^ "Case to battle Hirono in Saturday’s primary". Lahaina News. August 9, 2012. Retrieved September 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Mattoch, Malia (August 12, 2012). "Lingle, Hirono win Hawaii U.S. Senate primaries".  
  4. ^ "PRIMARY ELECTION 2012 - State of Hawaii - Statewide". State Of Hawaii Office of Elections. Retrieved September 30, 2012. 
  5. ^ Trygstad, Kyle (August 24, 2011). "Hanabusa Will Seek Re-Election, Not Bid for Senate".  
  6. ^ "Hanabusa snags Democratic bid for Hawaii US House".  
  7. ^ Trygstad, Kyle (August 17, 2011). "Ex-Rep. Djou Announces Bid for House".  
  8. ^ "Djou wins GOP nomination for Hawaii US House seat".  
  9. ^ Catanese, David (May 19, 2011). "Mazie Hirono to seek Akaka's seat".  
  10. ^ Pang, Gordon Y.K. (August 11, 2012). "Gabbard upsets Hannemann".  
  11. ^ Sakahara, Tim (August 23, 2012). "Handyman hopes to go from homeless to Congress".  
  12. ^ Eagle, Nathan (May 30, 2012). "DiGeronimo for Congress: The Same, But Different". Honolulu Civil Beat. Retrieved September 30, 2012. 
  13. ^ Callis, Tom (July 27, 2012). "Election profile: State Senate District 2".  
  14. ^ Kobayashi, Ken (August 11, 2012). "Thielen beats Ryan to face Hemmings in East Oahu Senate race".  
  15. ^ Miller, Erin (August 12, 2012). "Newcomer Lowen earns Democratic nod for state House Dist. 6 race".  
  16. ^ "Rep. Barbara Marumoto retires".  
  17. ^ "House Vice Speaker Manahan announces bid for City Council".  
  18. ^ "Former KHON2 reporter announces State House candidacy".  
  19. ^ "State Rep. Kymberly Pine running for City Council".  
  20. ^ Essoyan, Susan (July 29, 2012). "Agriculture, education lead District 45 hopefuls' agendas".  
  21. ^ Cocke, Sophie (August 22, 2012). "North Shore Loses Top Environmental Advocate in House Race". Honolulu Civil Beat. Retrieved September 30, 2012. 

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