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Does Hawaii Need a Constitutional Convention?

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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Catherine Cruz is the Host of The Conversation and a member of HPR’s news team. She has been a television reporter in Hawai‘i since 1983 and has won a number of awards and respect from a statewide audience. She spent more than thirty years at KITV, covering beats from government to education and health. Originally from Guam, Cruz is also a co-founder and former Board member and programming chair of Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC). Catherine is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
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