Listen to Catherine Cruz's one-on-one interviews with leading 2022 primary election candidates
HPR's daily talk show The Conversation interviewed leading candidates in the primary races for governor, lieutenant governor, and the open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Listen below to host Catherine Cruz's in-depth, one-on-one interviews with each candidate by clicking the red "Listen" buttons. Interviews were grouped together by position and released in alphabetical order.
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Additional candidates not listed below include Democrats Duke Bourgoin, Richard Kim, Mac Lewman and Van Tanabe, and Republicans Gary Cordery, George Hawat, Keline Kahau, Lynn Barry Mariano, Paul Morgan, Moses Paskowitz, BJ Penn, Heidi Tsuneyoshi and Walter Woods.
Duke Aiona, a former lieutenant governor and retired state judge, discusses his return to politics as he seeks to be Hawaiʻi's next governor.
Vicky Cayetano, a businesswoman and former Hawaiʻi first lady, discusses her transition into politics as she seeks to be Hawaiʻi's next governor.
Josh Green, the current lieutenant governor and a physician, discusses his priorities for Hawaiʻi as he seeks to be the next governor.
Kai Kahele, the current U.S. representative for the neighbor islands and non-urban Oʻahu, shares how he wants to transform Hawaiʻi as he seeks to be the next governor.
Editor's note: The Conversation had planned to interview Republican gubernatorial candidates BJ Penn and Heidi Tsuneyoshi. Penn declined our invitation due to schedule constraints and Tsuneyoshi was unable to do an interview after losing her voice.
Additional candidates not listed below include Democrats Daniel Cunningham and Sam Puletasi, and Republicans Tae Kim and Seaula Tupai Jr.
Keith Amemiya, currently the head of the Central Pacific Bank Foundation, shares why he has always been interested in public service as he seeks to be Hawaiʻi's next lieutenant governor.
Ikaika Anderson, a former Honolulu councilmember from Windward Oʻahu, says he wants to be Hawaiʻi's next lieutenant governor because he sees a severe disconnect in leadership in the executive branch of state government.
Sylvia Luke, the current chair of the state House Finance Committee, discusses recent targetted advertisements and her campaign to be Hawaiʻi's next lieutenant governor.
Sherry Menor-McNamara, the head of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaiʻi, discusses her business background and experience working with legislators as she seeks to be Hawaiʻi's next lieutenant governor.
Rob Burns, the founder of Local Motion and a real estate agent, discusses his campaign to be Hawaiʻi's next lieutenant governor.
U.S. House of Representatives - District 2
Hawaiʻi has one open seat in the U.S. House because incumbent Rep. Kai Kahele is running for governor. Additional candidates not listed below include Republican Joe Akana and Democrats Nicole Gi, Brendan Schultz, Steven Sparks and Kyle Yoshida.
Patrick Branco, a former U.S. diplomat and current representative in the state House, explained why he is running for the U.S. House of Representatives district covering the neighbor islands and non-urban Oʻahu.
Jill Tokuda, a former state Senate money chair, shares why she is running for the U.S. House of Representatives district covering the neighbor islands and non-urban Oʻahu.
From the Big Island's west side, Joe Webster is making his first bid for elected office. He shared what motivated him to run for the U.S. House of Representatives district covering the neighbor islands and non-urban Oʻahu.
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