2018 Elections


The music for this session of Bridging the Gap will be picked on the fly... as we will be waiting for the last of the election results.

Midterm Election Guide

Nov 5, 2018
Nick Yee
Nick Yee

Here’s what you need to know for Tuesday’s Midterm Election.

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"Cautiously optimsitic" was how Hawaii's senior senator described his feelings on Democrats' chance of retaking the U.S. House of Representatives this year. On the Senate side he was less optimistic, calling it the "worst Senate map in a generation." 

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Brian Schatz on Midterms; Hotel Strike Update; Lava Recovery; Rapa Nui Exhibit

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Election day is less than a week away and some of the most competitive races in Hawaii are happening on neighbor islands. Both Maui and Kauai have open races for county mayor and several contested seats on the County Council. Ryan Finnerty spoke with contributors to The Conversation around the state to get their perspectives on local races.

Name recognition is a factor in any election, but here in Hawaiʻi it is a dominant factor in Office of Hawaiian Affairs races. And no race better exemplifies this phenomenon than the two candidates running for the Oʻahu seat on OHA’s Board of Trustees. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports. 

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Hotshot Remembrance; Hurricane Names, Election Winners and Losers; Hawaii Honeybees

Catherine Cruz

You have no doubt seen all those campaign signs set up in strategic corners of neighborhoods across the state. Many are plastered on chain-link fence fronting someone’s front yard.

If you assume the property owner approved those political signs, you might be wrong. Not all candidates and their campaign workers ask permission to post signs.

Wayne Yoshiyoka

Hawaiʻi’s primary election is just two days away. While a lot of attention is focused on the Governor’s race, there’s a lot at stake for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs as well. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more.

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Primary elections for Hawaii’s 2018 races are just four days away. In several contentious races, political action committees, or Super PACs, have been pouring thousands of dollars behind certain candidates. Millions of dollars are being spent statewide. The path for that type of political spending was cleared by the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case. Today, we explore how Super PACs operate in Hawaii and where their money is being spent. 

2018 Election Coverage

Aug 1, 2018
Nick Yee

What you will find on this page is a compilation of reports and segments discussing Hawaiʻi's political landscape, voting, and the upcoming elections.