Does Hawaii Need a Constitutional Convention?

Oct 19, 2018

Delegates at the 1978 Hawaiʻi constitutional convention.
Credit University of Hawaii

Every 10 years Hawaii voters are required to decide whether or not to call for a convention to amend the state constitution. A Constitutional Convention, or ConCon, hasn’t happened in Hawaii since 1978. In November voters will have to decide whether Hawaii’s constitution needs changing. Issues like term limits, Native Hawaiian affairs, and ballot referendums could all be up for debate.

Our panel explores how a ConCon would work and what the possible outcomes of holding a convention.


Colin Moore, University of Hawaii Public Policy Center

Jim Shon, Hawaii Education Policy Center, former ConCon Delegate

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