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Caldwell elected mayor; Hirono, Hanabusa, Gabbard win races Video included

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Kirk Caldwell, Mazie Hirono, Colleen Hanabusa, Tulsi Gabbard and Billy Kenoi were among the candidates who celebrated victories in the 2012 general election as the fourth and final results printout was released Tuesday night. More>>

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Obama 'more inspired than ever' after historic election Video included

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"This is a time of great challenges for America, and I pray the president will be successful in guiding our nation," said Mitt Romney in his concession speech. More>>

Gabbard heading to Congress in landslide victory Video included

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Tulsi Gabbard, who handily defeated former Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemman during the September primaries in what many called a stunning upset... More>>

Hirono defeats Lingle in Senate race Video included

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With a 107,000 votes lead, Democrat Mazie Hirono defeated Republican Linda Lingle for the U.S. Senate seat. More>>

Caldwell wins Honolulu mayor's race Video included

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Former Acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell defeated ex. Gov. Ben Cayetano in the hotly contested Honolulu mayoral race. More>>

19 polling places on Oahu run out of paper ballots

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State elections officials say that five polling places across the island of Oahu have run out of paper ballots and are using only one electronic voting machine at each location to service voters. More>>

Some Hawaii voters frustrated by redistricting

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With just hours remaining until the polls close in Hawaii for the 2012 general election, there have been no reports of major issues at any of the state's 233 voting precincts as local residents cast their ballots. More>>

Election Day: Mazie Hirono on Sunrise Video included

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(HawaiiNewsNow) - It's Election Day! We invited the candidates for 3 of the major races onto Sunrise to give their last pitch to voters why they should be elected! More>>

Election Day: Colleen Hanabusa on Sunrise Video included

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(HawaiiNewsNow) - It's Election Day! We invited the candidates for 3 of the major races onto Sunrise to give their last pitch to voters why they should be elected! More>>

Election Day: Kirk Caldwell on Sunrise Video included

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(HawaiiNewsNow) - It's Election Day! We invited the candidates for 3 of the major races onto Sunrise to give their last pitch to voters why they should be elected! More>>

Election Day: Ben Cayetano on Sunrise Video included

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(HawaiiNewsNow) - It's Election Day! We invited the candidates for 3 of the major races onto Sunrise to give their last pitch to voters why they should be elected! More>>

Election Day: Charles Djou on Sunrise Video included

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(HawaiiNewsNow) - It's Election Day! We invited the candidates for 3 of the major races onto Sunrise to give their last pitch to voters why they should be elected! More>>

Election Day: Linda Lingle on Sunrise Video included

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(HawaiiNewsNow) - It's Election Day! We invited the candidates for 3 of the major races onto Sunrise to give their last pitch to voters why they should be elected! More>>

Rail depends on Honolulu Mayor's race Video included

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After months of tough and often negative campaigning voters will decide whose message won them over.  The fate of the rail project hinges on the outcome of the Honolulu mayor's race. More>>

On campaign's final day, Lingle and Hirono work the phones Video included

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The candidates for Hawaii's open U.S. Senate seat spent the last full day before Election Day trying to get their supporters to remember to vote Tuesday, if they haven't already voted. More>>

2012 General Election Charter Amendments

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State of Hawaii H.B. No. 2594, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, C.D. 1 PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE VII, SECTION 12, OF THE HAWAII STATE CONSTITUTION TO ASSIST DAM AND RESERVOIR OWNERS. "Shall the State be authorized More>>

Voting machines tested ahead of general election

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With the general election less than a week away, officials are making sure that the voting equipment is working properly. More>>

Behind the scenes changes for Big Island election Video included

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With just three days left until the general election, last minute preparations are underway. The state is now ... More>>

Candidates make last-minute push in final weekend before election Video included

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With just a few days left before the general election, it's down to the wire as candidates from both parties hit the road to get their messages to last-minute voters. More>>

Tulsi Gabbard on Sunrise Video included

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(HawaiiNewsNow) - 6 days until the election and we're counting down by inviting candidates on Sunrise. This morning, Tulsi Gabbard comes on Sunrise. She's running for Congressional District 2. We talk to her about the possible political changes and other hot topics. More>>

Mayoral race attracts near record spending Video included

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A pro-rail political action committee has spent more than $3 million on the Honolulu mayor's race, in what's become the most expensive mayoral race in history. In filings with the state Campaign Spending... More>>

Caldwell leads Cayetano in latest poll Video included

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Just days left until the general election and that means candidates have a narrow window to win over voters. In our exclusive Hawaii News Now - Star Advertiser poll, we have results of one of the most contentious races this year, and the rail issue that's riding along. More>>

Charles Djou on Sunrise Video included

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(HawaiiNewsNow) - 1 week until the election and we're counting down by inviting candidates on Sunrise. This morning, Charles Djou comes on Sunrise. He's running for Congressional District 1. We talk to him about the new poll results and other hot topics. More>>

Poll: Hirono leads Lingle 57 percent to 35 percent Video included

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A new poll says U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono leads former Gov. Linda Lingle by a wide margin in the race to be Hawaii's next senator. More>>

Big Island mayoral candidates focus on issues instead of each other

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The political battle for the Big Island's top job pits the current mayor against a former one. The top two finishers in the primary election share a close connection, but their campaigns are quite different. More>>

Early walk-in voting begins

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The State Office of Elections opened its general election early voting walk-in locations on Tuesday. More>>

Hirono & Lingle meet at HNN for final U.S. Senate debate Video included

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Hawaii voters have just two weeks to decide who they'll choose as the state's next U.S. Senator - a seat open for the first time in a generation.  More>>

Alaska's Don Young now endorsing Lingle

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When it comes to politics, maybe opposites don't attract after all. More>>

Senator Dan Inouye endorses Caldwell for Mayor Video included

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Hawaii's Senior Senator Daniel Inouye has endorsed Kirk Caldwell for Honolulu Mayor.  More>>

OHA candidates to attend forum on HCC campus

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Honolulu Community College's Native Hawaiian Center, Po‘i Nā Nalu, and Hui ‘Ōiwi will be hosting an Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) candidate forum for the students and employees of the college. "The More>>

Mayoral candidates address senior issues

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The candidates for Honolulu mayor focused on issues important to senior citizens at a forum at Harris United Methodist Church. "The best way to help seniors is to keep the More>>

Kenoi, Kim outline differences at friendly mayor's race forum on Big Island Video included

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Billy Kenoi and Harry Kim have known each other for decades. Kim coached Kenoi when Kenoi was just eight years old. And Kenoi was Kim's executive assistant when Kim was mayor. More>>

Inouye calls new Lingle political ad "grossly misleading"

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A new political ad for Linda Lingle is stirring up controversy, and Senator Daniel Inouye is calling that ad "grossly misleading". In it, Lingle's campaign manager, Bob Lee, makes the case that the former More>>

Lingle, Djou make their pitches at Waikiki candidate forum Video included

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Six candidates were invited to a forum hosted by the Waikiki Neighborhood Board. But only two -- both Republicans -- were able to make it. More>>

National political experts weigh in on Hawaii races

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Just 50 days to go now until the election. While we were in Washington, DC, last week, we sat down with two of the country's most experienced journalists – Chief White House correspondents for both CBS More>>

Hirono gets endorsement from weather service union

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Rep. Mazie Hirono picked up an endorsement from the National Weather Service Employees Organization in her race for the U.S. Senate. More>>

Tulsi Gabbard's moment in the national spotlight Video included

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The 50th state brings a bit of aloha to American politics on day one of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Not only is our local delegation front and center in the convention More>>

Hawaii Democrats Network in North Carolina Video included

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Hawaii Democrats are in the "Queen City of the South" - Charlotte, North Carolina - to cheer on President Barack Obama and Congressional candidate, Tulsi Gabbard. She's preparing to give the most-watched More>>

Local Republicans energized, Democrats unswayed by Romney speech Video included

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Mitt Romney's speech accepting the Republican nomination to run for president was a hit with local members of the GOP. But Democrats said it wasn't enough to change their opinions... More>>

Office of Elections blasts Hawaii County Clerk for election snafus Video included

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In a scathing six-page report, the state Office of Elections criticized Hawaii County Clerk Jamae Kawauchi after several problems at Big Island polling places during Saturday's primary election. More>>

Election 2012: PRIMARY RESULTS

Results from the 2012 Primary Election. More>>

Lingle says general election presents voters with 'clear choice'

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Linda Lingle said the race for the U.S. Senate presents a clear choice to voters between "an independent leader experienced in making tough decisions..." More>>

Hours after the primary, Democrats unite, focus aim on Lingle Video included

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Hawaii's Democratic party candidates woke up early Sunday to prepare for the general election and to signal that they're uniting to battle Linda Lingle in the race for the U.S. Senate. More>>

Cayetano vs. Caldwell, Hirono vs. Lingle, Hanabusa vs. Djou in General Election

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Former Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano will face Kirk Caldwell during November's General Election as the two candidates seek to become Honolulu's next mayor.
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Democrat Hirono wins US Senate primary in Hawaii

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U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono has won the Democratic primary in Hawaii for an open U.S. Senate seat, setting up a race in November against former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle. More>>

Hanabusa snags Democratic bid for Hawaii US House

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U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa has won the Democratic nomination in her quest for re-election to the seat serving urban Honolulu's 1st Congressional District. More>>

Lingle wins GOP nomination in Hawaii for US Senate

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Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle has been picked by Hawaii voters to represent Republicans in the Aloha State's race for an open U.S. Senate seat. More>>

Abercrombie orders voting extension for Big Island polling places

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Governor Neil Abercrombie has issued a proclamation to extend polling hours on Hawaii Island only by an hour and a half today. More>>

Elections: Voting poll hours and other important information Video included

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Voters across the state are heading to the polls on Saturday in Hawaii's first-ever primary election held in August. More>>

Hawaii Democrats come together for traditional Grand Rally in Hilo Video included

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In a 58-year-old ritual for Hawaii's Democrats, the party's candidates spent the evening before Saturday's primary election for the traditional "Grand Rally" in Hilo. More>>

Early voting on the upswing, boosted by more mail-in balloting Video included

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Honolulu election officials expect about a six-percent increase in early voting -- both by mail and in person -- for Saturday's primary election compared to the last primary in 2010. More>>

As election looms , a resignation and sickness hit Hawaii County clerk's office Video included

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Two of four full-time election staffers in the Hawaii County elections office went out on sick leave this week and a temporary employee resigned Wednesday, calling the office "dysfunctional," just a few days before Saturday's primary election. More>>

Days after hospitalization, Cayetano returns to campaign trail Video included

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Just three days after being hospitalized for a bleeding ulcer, Honolulu mayoral frontrunner Ben Cayetano said he was "feeling fine" and returned to the campaign trail. More>>

Hawaii early voting for primary ends Thursday Video included

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It's the last day for Hawaii voters to participate in early walk-in voting for this weekend's primary election. More>>

Mayoral candidates make final fundraising push

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With three days before the primary election, Honolulu mayoral candidates are making a final fundraising push. More>>

Voting machines tested one more time before next week's Primary

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With the primary election a week away, officials are making sure that the voting equipment is working properly. More>>

Hannemann, Hanabusa lead congressional races in Hawaii Poll

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With less than two weeks before the primary election, the poll results are in for both congressional districts of the U.S. House. More>>

Hawaii Poll shows Cayetano with strong lead in mayoral race Video included

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With the primary election just around the corner, the new Hawaii Poll shows one candidate for Honolulu mayor ... More>>

Case, Hirono outline their differences in Hawaii News Now debate Video included

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Ed Case and Mazie Hirono traded jabs and took every opportunity to outline the differences between them in their only major televised debate before the Aug. 11 primary election. More>>

22 Hawaii candidates miss disclosure deadline

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The Hawaii State Ethics Commission is fining 22 state House and Senate candidates - including several incumbents - $25 each for failing to meet a deadline for filing financial disclosure statements. More>>

Mufi Hanneman lands Maui News endorsement

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Former Honolulu mayor Mufi Hanneman's bid for Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District seat received a boost on Friday, as The Maui News, the largest newspaper in Hawaii's Maui County, endorsed the Democratic candidate. More>>

Hannemann gains Star-Advertiser endorsement in congressional race

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Former Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann has received the endorsement of Hawaii's largest daily newspaper. More>>

Hannemann, Gabbard trade jabs in Congressional debate Video included

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Four of the candidates in the Democratic party primary for Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District squared off in a 90-minute debate on Hawaii News Now. More>>

Rail still dominates as HNN airs KITV mayoral debate Video included

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Hawaii News Now (KFVE, KGMB and KHNL) aired a KITV's debate between the three leading candidates for Honolulu mayor Wednesday night after the ABC affiliate went dark... More>>

Campaign spending commissioners call Cayetano attack ads bogus Video included

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Ben Cayetano is fighting back.  A union group spent half a million dollars so far to discredit his name but the two time governor and current mayoral hopeful has called in reinforcements... More>>

Cayetano raises $900,000 for mayoral race

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Former Gov. Ben Cayetano is leading the money race among candidates in the race for Honolulu mayor, saying his campaign has raised $900,000 so far. More>>

Gabbard files election complaint against Hannemann Video included

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U.S. House candidate Tulsi Gabbard has filed a federal complaint accusing challenger Mufi Hannemann ... More>>

Veterans group endorses Carlisle for Mayor

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Veterans In Politics International (VIPI) recently conducted their Honolulu Mayoral endorsement interview.  More>>

With primary close, politicians everywhere in Kailua July 4th parade Video included

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With this year's primary election just five weeks away, politicians and their supporters pushed the number of units in this year's Kailua Independence Day Parade to 108, an increase of 20 compared to last year. More>>

Hirono and Case appeal to senior citizens in second debate Video included

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U.S. Senate candidates Mazie Hirono and Ed Case faced off on Maui on Tuesday. The AARP Hawaii debate... More>>

Senate Candidate starts her own cable channel Video included

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Tune to digital channel 110 and its all Linda Lingle all the time.  Governor Linda Lingle has become the first political candidate in the country to launch her own cable channel... More>>

Carlisle, Caldwell assail Cayetano's bus rapid transit plans Video included

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Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle Thursday blasted the bus rapid transit plan being pushed by his mayoral opponent, former Gov. Ben Cayetano, as an alternative to rail transit. More>>

Hanneman gets Realtor endorsement

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Mufi Hannemann has picked up a major business endorsement in the race for Hawaii's 2nd Congressional district. More>>

Hannemann files papers for U.S. House

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Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann is officially running to succeed Mazie Hirono in the U.S. House of Representatives. More>>

Mayor Carlisle files for re-election

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Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle filed for re-election Monday with union supporters behind him. He says he's been taking care of finances during his term by saving money and spending it wisely. More>>

Watch he first televised Honolulu Mayoral Debate of the election season. Peter Carlisle, Kirk Caldwell and Ben Cayetano go head to head fielding questions from a panel and from viewers. More>>

Mayoral candidates trade jabs in Hawaii News Now debate Video included

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Three candidates for Honolulu mayor traded jabs during Hawaii News Now's televised debate on Wednesday night. More>>

A 'Behind the Scenes' look at the highly anticipated 2012 Honolulu Mayoral Debate between Kirk Caldwell, Ben Cayetano and Peter Carlisle.  More>>

Obama birth certificate OK by Arizona official

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Arizona's secretary of state says Hawaii's verification of President Barack Obama's birth records meets necessary requirements and that the president's name will appear on Arizona's ballot in the fall. More>>

Hirono unveils sustainability strategy Video included

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U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono said she has a plan to move Hawaii toward energy and food self-sufficiency. She said the state spends about $5 billion a year on oil for electricity and... More>>

Caldwell, Carlisle, Cayetano trade verbal jabs in first mayoral debate Video included

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The three leading candidates for Honolulu mayor made their first joint debate appearance Wednesday night, with former Gov. Ben Cayetano wasting no time going on the offensive... More>>

Sierra Club endorses Hirono, Hanabusa, Gabbard in federal races Video included

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The Hawaii Chapter of the Sierra Club announced Sunday that it is endorsing Mazie Hirono for U.S. Senate, Colleen Hanabusa in her re-election bid... More>>

Case blasts Hirono over lack of debates in senate race

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Mazie Hirono and Ed Case are at odds over the number of debates and joint appearances scheduled before the primary election... More>>

Teen runs for Honolulu City Council Video included

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An 18-year-old is running for a seat on the Honolulu City Council.  More>>

Pine to challenge Berg for Leeward Council seat Video included

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There's a new candidate in the running for Honolulu City Council and it's a familiar face. More>>

Kirk Caldwell nets six new union endorsements

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The former Acting Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu announced today that a new set of local unions have endorsed his candidacy to reclaim the mayor's office. More>>

Romney wins Hawaii GOP caucus Video included

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The votes have been tallied. Mitt Romney was declared the victor in Hawaii's first-ever Republican Presidential Caucus. More>>

Hawaii holds first-ever GOP Presidential Caucus Video included

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For the first time, Hawaii Republicans will vote on their choice of Republican Presidential nominees Tuesday night. More>>

HGEA and UPW endorse Caldwell for Honolulu Mayor

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The Hawaii Government Employees Association and United Public Workers announced their endorsement of Kirk Caldwell for Honolulu on Tuesday. More>>

Congresswoman Hanabusa opens her campaign headquarters Video included

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Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa is gearing up for her re-election campaign. Saturday she... More>>

Kirk Caldwell Responds to State of the City Video included

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Mayor Peter Carlisle spoke at length about the Rail project and city debt yesterday in his State of the City Address.  Former acting mayor Kirk Caldwell... More>>

Mayor Carlisle defends rail in State of the City Address

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Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle delivered his second state of the city speech today and rail was a big part of it... More>>

Kirk Caldwell Gets SHOPO Endorsement Video included

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According to our Hawaii News Now poll, Kirk Caldwell is dead last in the Race for Honolulu Mayor.  But he just got a big endorsement from the police union.... More>>

Linda Lingle gets endorsement from HFD retirees

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The Honolulu Fire Department Retirees Association, announced today that the organization of more than 800 members is endorsing Governor Linda Lingle for Hawaii's open U.S. Senate seat. More>>

Honolulu mayoral candidate Ben Cayetano opens campaign headquarters

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Three weeks after throwing his hat into the race for Honolulu mayor, former Governor Ben... More>>

Lingle raises $1.7 million for U.S. Senate race

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U.S. Senate candidate Linda Lingle stumped for votes at a luncheon meeting Wednesday, fresh off the filing of her fund raising report with the Federal Election Commission... More>>

Ben Cayetano announces Honolulu mayoral bid

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Ben Cayetano has officially announced his candidacy for Honolulu mayor. In a news conference, Cayetano spoke of his desire to end the Honolulu rail project. More>>

SHOPO endorses Lingle for US Senate

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"Undoubtedly, public safety has always been of utmost importance to Governor Lingle and continues to be so," said Tenari Maafala, president of the... More>>