Hawaiʻi voter guide: Here's what to know about the 2022 election
On the federal level, Hawaiʻi has one open seat in the U.S. House because incumbent Rep. Kai Kahele is running for governor. The district covers the neighbor islands and much of non-urban Oʻahu.
U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz and U.S. Rep. Ed Case are running for reelection. U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono's next election year is 2024.
The current mayors of Kauaʻi and Maui counties — Derek Kawakami and Mike Victorino, respectively — are running for reelection. Mayoral races for Oʻahu and the Big Island are scheduled for 2024.
Voters will also choose their representatives for the Hawaiʻi County Council, Maui County Council, Kauaʻi County Council, and Districts 2, 4, 6 and 8 of the Honolulu City Council.
At the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, elections are being held for some trustee seats.
HPR's daily talk show The Conversation is interviewing leading candidates in the races for governor, lieutenant governor, and the open seat in the U.S. House.
Candidate interviews airing on The Conversation (schedule subject to change):
Hawaiʻi's 2nd Congressional District:
- Monday, July 25: Patrick Branco (D)
- Tuesday, July 26: Jill Tokuda (D)
- Wednesday, July 27: Joe Webster (R)
- Thursday, July 28: Keith Amemiya (D)
- Friday, July 29: Ikaika Anderson (D)
- Monday, Aug. 1: Sylvia Luke (D)
- Tuesday, Aug. 2: Sherry Menor-McNamara (D)
- Wednesday, Aug. 3: Rob Burns (R)
- Thursday, Aug. 4: Duke Aiona (R)
- Friday, Aug. 5: Vicky Cayetano (D)
- Monday, Aug. 8: Josh Green (D)
- Tuesday, Aug. 9: Kai Kahele (D)
- Thursday, Aug. 11: Heidi Tsuneyoshi (R)
Interviews on The Conversation will be grouped together by position and aired in alphabetical order.
Key dates to remember:
- Tuesday, July 26 - Primary election ballots begin arriving in mailboxes.
- Monday, Aug. 1 - Voter service centers open for same-day registration and in-person voting.
- Wednesday, Aug. 3 - Final day for first-time voters to submit a paper registration application for the primary election. Voters can still register online or in person at a voter service center.
- Saturday, Aug. 13 - Primary election day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
— On Saturday, Aug. 13, click here for complete primary election results coverage —
- Friday, Oct. 21 - General election ballots begin arriving in mailboxes.
- Tuesday, Oct. 25 - Voter service centers open for same-day registration and in-person voting.
- Monday, Oct. 31 - Final day for first-time voters to submit a paper registration application for the general election. Voters can still register online or in person at a voter service center.
- Tuesday, Nov. 8 - General election day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Voter resources and important links:
- Register to vote or check if you are registered. You can also call 808-453-VOTE or toll-free 800-442-VOTE from the neighbor islands.
- Track your ballot with BallotTrax
- Find a voter service center or ballot drop box
- Kauaʻi County Elections Division
- City and County of Honolulu Elections Division
- Maui County Elections Division
- Hawaiʻi County Elections Division
Video courtesy of the Hawaiʻi Office of Elections
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In preparation for primary election day on Saturday, Aug. 13, take a listen to host Catherine Cruz's one-on-one interviews with each candidate.
Ballots collected via mail or dropped off at a deposit box on O’ahu eventually make it to the Hawaiʻi State Capitol building for pre-processing following signature verification from the Honolulu City Clerk’s Office, according to Scott Nago, the state’s Chief Election Officer.
Vicky Cayetano, a businesswoman and former Hawaiʻi first lady, discusses her transition into politics as she seeks to be Hawaiʻi's next governor.
Duke Aiona, a former lieutenant governor and retired state judge, discusses his return to politics as he seeks to be Hawaiʻi's next governor.
Rob Burns, the founder of Local Motion and a real estate agent, discusses his campaign to be Hawaiʻi's next lieutenant governor.
Voter Service Centers offer same-day registration and accessible voting, as well as ballot replacements. Each county has at least one center open now through primary election day on Aug. 13.
Native Hawaiians marched from ‘Iolani Palace to Honolulu Hale on Monday to cast their votes and encourage others to do the same. The Conversation spoke to Kau‘i Burgess from Kamehameha Schools, along with several students, about the importance of voting.