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Listen to Catherine Cruz's one-on-one interviews with leading 2022 election candidates

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Hawaiʻi Public Radio
Hawaiʻi Public Radio
The Conversation host Catherine Cruz interviews candidates in the 2022 primary election at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.

HPR's daily talk show The Conversation interviewed leading candidates in the 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.

Voting in the primary election ends at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13. For more information on how and where to vote, click here for HPR's 2022 Voter Guide.


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.

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.

Lieutenant Governor

Additional candidates not listed below include Democrats Daniel Cunningham and Sam Puletasi, and Republicans Tae Kim and Seaula Tupai Jr.

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.

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Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at
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