Hawai‘i Election Results 2012

Posted on Kaleo.org Nov. 6 at 11 p.m.

Brandon Hoo Associate Chief Copy Editor Ka Leo ‘O Hawai‘i

Here are the results of the 2012 Hawai‘i General Election following the third printout:

Honolulu Mayor

*Caldwell, Kirk  – 151,015; 53.95%

Cayetano, Benjamin – 128,895; 46.05%

U.S. Senator

*Hirono, Mazie (D) – 261,025; 62.66%

Lingle, Linda (R) – 155,565; 37.34%

U.S. Representative

District 1

Djou, Charles (R) – 91,939; 45.41%

*Hanabusa, Colleen (D) – 110,513; 54.59%

District 2

Crowley, Kawika (R) – 40,086; 19.42%

*Gabbard, Tulsi (D) – 166,300; 80.58%

Honolulu Prosecutor

*Kaneshiro, Keith – 150,286; 58.86%

Takata, Kevin – 105,030; 41.14%

State Senator

District 9

Lajala, Kurt (D) – 9,800; 39.82%

*Slom, Sam (R) – 14,811; 60.18%

District 10

*Ihara, Les, Jr. (D) – 11,591; 78.46%

Marshall, Eric (R) – 3,182; 21.54%

District 11

Fenton, Larry (R) – 3,449; 19.12%

*Taniguchi, Brian (D) – 14,586; 80.88%

District 12

*Galuteria, Brickwood (D) – 9,045; 64.82%

Larson, Liz (R) – 4,908; 35.18%

District 16

Greco, Mike (R) – 3,666; 20.74%

*Ige, David (D) –  14,013; 79.26%

District 18

Herrera, Rojo (R) – 5,496; 27.64%

*Kidani, Michelle (D) – 14,386; 72.36%

Dist 20

Capelouto, Dean Kalani (R) – 3,590; 28.20%

*Gabbard, Mike (D) – 9,139; 71.80%

Dist 21

Johnson, Dickyj (R) – 2,363; 23.11%

*Shimabukuro, Maile (D) – 7,862; 76.89%

District 22

Aki, Charles (R) – 3,600; 26.30%

*Dela Cruz, Donovan (D) – 10,087; 73.70%

District 23

*Hee, Clayton (D) – 6,885; 53.36%

Meyer, Colleen (R) – 6,018; 46.64%

District 25

Hemmings, Fred (R) – 8,876; 40.77%

*Thielen, Laura (D) – 12,896; 59.23%

State Representative

Dist 18

*Hashem, Mark Jun (D) – 7,241; 60.83%

Low, Jeremy (R) – 4,663; 39.17%

Dist 19

*Kobayashi, Bertrand (D) – 6,695; 68.86%

Young, Darrell (R) – 3,028; 31.14%

Dist 20

Allen, Julia (R) – 1,041; 11.78%

Bonk, Keiko (G) – 2,690; 30.44%

*Say, Calvin (D) – 5,107, 57.78%

Dist 22

*Brower, Tom (D) – 4,275; 69.56%

Hester, Marcus (R) – 1,871; 30.44%

Dist 23

*Choy, Isaac (D) – 7,392; 81.08%

Thomson, Zach (R) – 1,725; 18.92%

Dist 24

*Belatti, Della Au (D) – 4,524; 70.06%

Sabey, Isaiah (R) – 1,933; 29.94%

Dist 26

Au, Tiffany (R) – 2,645; 39.16%

*Saiki, Scott (D) – 4,110; 60.84%

Dist 27

Ching, Corinne Wei Lan (R) – 3,543; 42.48%

*Ohno, Takashi (D) – 4,797; 57.52%

Dist 28

Kaapu, Carole Kauhiwai (R) – 1,278; 22.46%

*Mizuno, John (D) – 4,411; 77.54%

Dist 31

*Johanson, Aaron Ling (R) – 3,973; 65.28%

Sharsh, Lei (D) – 2,113; 34.72%

Dist 32

*Ichiyama, Linda (D) – 3,231; 71.77%

Shimizu, Garner Musashi (R) – 1,271; 28.23%

Dist 33

Kong, Sam (R) – 3,515; 32.76%

*Takai, Mark (D) – 7,213; 67.24%

Dist 36

Fukumoto, Beth (R) – 5,102; 52.34%

*Lee, Marilyn (D) – 4,645; 47.66%

Dist 37

Svrcina, Emil (R) – 2,137; 19.93%

*Yamane, Ryan (D) – 8,586; 80.07%

Dist 39

*Cullen, Ty (D) – 5,239; 75.70%

Wong, Carl (R) – 1,682; 24.30%

Dist 40

Manabat, Chris (D) – 3,073; 48.90%

*McDermott, Bob (R) – 3,211; 51.10%

Dist 41

*Cabanilla Arakawa, Rida (D) – 4,277; 61.21%

Reeder, Adam (R) – 2,710; 38.79%

Dist 42

Capelouto, Marissa (R) – 2,190; 26.56%

*Har, Sharon (D) – 6,056; 73.44%

Dist 43

*Awana, Karen Leinani (D) – 3,976; 73.20%

Butler, Glenn (R) – 1,456; 26.80%

Dist 44

Higa, Creighton Pono (R) – 1,316; 26.27%

*Jordan, Jo (D) – 3,693; 73.73%

Dist 45

Bradshaw, Jake (D) – 2,507; 49.34%

*Cheape, Lauren Kealohilani (R) – 2,574; 50.66%

Dist 46

Murphy, Christopher (R) – 1,327; 21.92%

*Oshiro, Marcus (D) – 4,726; 78.08%

Dist 47

Beirne, Ululani (D) – 3,133; 41.78%

*Fale, Richard (R) – 4,365; 58.22%

Dist 51

*Lee, Chris (D) – 7,594; 80.55%

Vincent, Henry (R) – 1,834; 19.45%

Council Member

Dist I

Berg, Tom – 8,788; 36.41%

*Pine, Kymberly Marcos – 15,350; 63.59%

Dist V

Hayes, James – 5,294; 19.18%

*Kobayashi, Ann – 22,311; 80.82%

Special Councilmember Vacancy

*Fukunaga, Carol – 7,999; 28.59%

Aiona, Sam – 6,674; 23.86%

Yoshimura, Jon – 4,571; 16.34%

Mizuno, May – 3,575; 12.78%

Shubert-Kwock, Chu Lan – 1,002; 3.58%

Nakasato, Kevin – 1,034; 3.70%

Brewer, Jim – 503; 1.80%

Miller, Steve – 404; 1.44%

Rahman, Inam Perreira – 383; 1.37%

Suapaia, Jason – 429; 1.53%

Rutledge, Aaron – 394; 1.41%

Kapuniai, Ryan – 320; 1.14%

Vieira, Bob – 241; 0.86%

Smith, Christopher Nova – 183; 0.65%

Youngquist, Avrid Tadao – 134; 0.48%

Amsterdam, C. Kaui Jochanan – 129; 0.46%

OHA Trustee


*Lindsey, Robert – 129,367; 55.18%

Meyers, William – 64,058; 27.32%

Miranda, Edwin – 41,015; 17.49%


*Ahuna, Dan – 54,400; 25.66%

Alalem Wothington, Keola – 7,207; 3.40%

Albao, Liberta Hussey – 7,809; 3.68%

Burke, Jackie Kahookele – 21,209; 10.00%

Kagawa Fu, Kanani – 25,744; 12.14%

Pacheco, Haunani – 27,962; 13.19%

Pomroy, Sharo – 14,968; 7.06%

Sahut, Ronson – 3,238; 1.53%

Santos, Kaliko – 13,264; 6.26%

Swain, Billy Kealamaikahiki – 15,927; 7.51%

Yadao, Leland – 20,30; 59.58%


*Machado, Colette – 184, 439; 43.6%

At Large Trustee

Akina, Keli‘i – 36,470; 8.6%

*Apoliona, Haunani – 100,789; 23.8%

Lee, Cal – 76,304; 18%

Lincoln, Lancelot Haili – 11,332; 2.7%

Makekau, Kealii – 14,517; 3.4%

Ritte, Walter – 33,785; 8%


Rough Night for Hawai‘i Republicans: Lingle, Djou Lose Races

Posted on Kaleo.org Nov. 07 at 9:31 a.m.

Karleanne Matthews and Matthew Sylva Senior Staff Writers Ka Leo ‘O Hawai‘i


Photo Credit: Matt Sylva

Supporters at Republican headquarters faced disappointment Tuesday night as Linda Lingle and Charles Djou lost their races to Democrats  – but both candidates emphasized the power of democracy and expressed hope for Hawaiʻi Republicans in the future.

“No one likes to come up short in an election like this,” said Lingle in her concession speech. “But we can hold our heads high. … We ran a great race, based on issues, based on a vision for the future, and the public gets to decide in the end.”

“I … very willingly yield to the will of the people,” said Djou in his speech.

The candidates conceded within 15 minutes of each other (9:45 and 10 p.m. respectively). As of 11 p.m. on election night, Mazie Hirono led Lingle 62 to 37 percent, and Colleen Hanabusa led Djou 54 to 45 percent.


Photo Credit: Matt Sylva

While congratulating Hirono and Hanabusa on their wins, both candidates promised future involvement.

“We are all going to remain involved … in making our community even better,” said Lingle in her speech.

Lingle and Djou also both emphasized the importance of a two-party system and expressed hope that Republicans might gain influence in the future.

“It’s very important for our state to have a balanced two-party system.  So the Republicans will have to find a way to increase their numbers over time,” said Lingle in an interview with Ka Leo when asked about the future of Republicans in Hawaiʻi. “But I think whether you’re a Republican, a Democrat or an independent, you would conclude that society benefits when you have a balanced two-party system.  Who watches that one dominant party [in a one-party system]?”

Djou shared a similar sentiment in an interview with Ka Leo after his concession. “I’m still hopeful that one day Hawaiʻi will have a two-party democracy and really competitive elections,” he said, “but that day is not tonight.”


“I had so many UH students help me in this race.  And they were an inspiration to me, and they say I was an inspiration to them.  This support worked both ways, and I was inspired by them because they were very focused on their future.  And that’s what I try to do during my campaign,” said Lingle after her concession speech.

Lingle had this to say to UH students: “Think things through on your own.  That’s what college is about – being able to question things and being able to think in an analytical way about the issues.”

Djou gave advice as well: “Keep trying; keep pushing,” he said. “Never accept the way things are.”

“Hawaiʻi is still going to be dominated by the Democratic Party, but I still believe that that’s not going to last forever,” said Djou. “Maybe it’s one of [Ka Leo’s] readers who’s going to help change that one day.”

High Spirits at Republican HQ

Posted on Kaleo.org Nov. 6 at 7:51 p.m.

Karleanne Matthews and Matthew Sylva Senior Staff Writers Ka Leo ‘O Hawai‘i


Photo Caption: Matt Sylva

Neither Linda Lingle nor Charles Djou has arrived at Republican headquarters, but the mood is festive, with food and live entertainment from musicians John Kauwenaole and Jimmy Suza.

A survey of supporters shows the crowd is optimistic.

Coyde Burchill is here to support Djou. “He’s very smart, very educated, very fiscally responsible,” Burchill said of Djou. “He really cares about people, and he’s a good family man.” When asked whether he thought Djou would be able to win, he responded that Djou “has a very good chance.”

Clifton Jenkins is a supporter of both Djou and Lingle. “We got to get this mess out of Washington,” Jenkins said when asked why he is supporting Lingle. He also mentioned that he was previously on active duty in the military and thought Lingle had handled herself well as governor. “And after watching the debate between Lingle and Mazie Hirono, who could support Hirono?” he asked. He’s confident that Lingle will win. “She’s got this,” he said.

Eileen Asing attended the event in support of Lingle.  “I think she has a good chance of winning … She was more respectful and less vicious than Hirono [in the debates],” responded Asing, when asked about Lingle’s chances and why she might win.  Asing thinks that the debates helped Lingle.


Photo Credit: Matt Sylva

Chad Wolke gave his support of both Lingle and Djou. “Close, but pretty good chances,” replied Wolke when asked about their chances at winning.  “She ran a really good campaign. … She will be the better senator,” said Wolke.

David Chang, chair of the Hawai‘i Republican Party, gave an update to the crowd around 7:30.

“Technically, the first readout should have come out half an hour or 45 minutes ago,” said Chang, relaying the troubles at various polling locations. He also noted that the first readout generally favors Democrats because they tend to vote early or absentee. But he encouraged Republican supporters to remain positive. “We’re still in this for the long haul,” he said.

Other Elections Information Sources

Compiled by Matthew Sylva

Every election many of us look for information that is not from the plethora of TV ads.  Check out some better known and lesser known Hawaii News Sources.  Also look for lesser known web pages from larger news sources.




Civil Beat



Ka Leo



Colleen Hanabusa On Social, Education and Economic Issues

From the Hanabusa.house.gov website.

Posted on Kaleo.org Nov. 5 at 5 a.m.

Matthew Sylva Senior Staff Writer Ka Leo ‘O Hawai‘i

Improving relations within the Asia-Pacific area in line with the president’s plan, trying to preserve Medicare and Social Security and tackling the national debt are the top three goals of Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa, should she be re-elected as representative for Hawai‘i’s First Congressional District.

“…And we are the center [of the Pacific].  And we will play that critical role.  And it affects everybody,” said Hanabusa in an interview with Ka Leo when speaking of the future of Hawaii in Asia-Pacific relations.


The Social Issue of our Times

LGBT rights are currently among of the biggest issues and congressional hot topics of today.  Yet this question has been minimally addressed in such a Democrat heavy state.

“My position has always been that I am watching to see that outcome [same-sex and LGBT rights becoming equal rights issues] and when it happens I’m in full support,” said Hanabusa.

Hanabusa mentioned her role in supporting previous pro LGBT legislation while President of the Hawaii State Senate.


What about Education?

Hawai‘i’s public schools have problems with bullying, funding, structure and meeting test scores.  Hanabusa addressed some of the problems in the following way.

“Race to the Top is designed by President Obama to do exactly that…[help schools with the most critical need],” stated Hanabusa when speaking of her support of the program.

Hanabusa mentioned the test taking structural issues that Hawai‘i is challenged with compared to states that chose to change their test taking procedures and that a long-term solution might be to try to change them to keep up with the standards of the No Child Left Behind program.

Of Economic Importance

Increasing pressure on the middle class to fend for themselves with college loans, and dwindling resources for lower class families has made attending college harder to achieve without accumulating massive amounts of student loan debt.  How is this related to the national debt crisis?

“We need to break from this mantra that seems to be proposed by a lot of Republicans (focused primarily on making cuts from the budget), said Hanabusa when speaking of a Democrat measure that instead imposed a spending cap for Congress.

The congresswoman stated that many federal budgets are planned 10 years at a time.


Campaign Coverage

Check out Kaleo.org for breaking updates on Election Night, Nov. 6 from the various campaign headquarters.  More information about Hanabusa’s stance on various issues can be found at: http://www.hanabusaforhawaii.com/issues.

Charles Djou on Social, Education and Economic Issues

From the Kaleo.org website courtesy of Jon Kunimura

Posted on Kaleo.org on Nov. 5 at 5 a.m.

Matthew Sylva Senior Staff Writer Ka Leo ‘O Hawai‘i

Turning around the economy and creating more jobs, tackling the national debt and creating a more open and responsible government are the top three goals of former Congressman Charles Djou, should he be elected as representative for Hawai‘i’s First Congressional District.

“…Until we get that [an equal two party democracy in our state] Hawai‘i’s future is never really gonna move forward, because we don’t have that healthy competition of ideas that I think is more commonly exhibited in the other 49 states,” said Djou in an interview with Ka Leo when speaking of other important issues.

The Social Issue of our Times

Local media have covered the candidates’ positions on many issues, but one that has been largely ignored in such a Democrat controlled state are LGBT rights.

“For myself I believe that marriage is defined as a union between one man and one woman.  But it doesn’t mean that I don’t believe that every individual shouldn’t be respected in their own community,” replied Djou when asked about same-sex marriage and LGBT rights.

Djou mentioned that he voted in favor of the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” (DADT) and that it has nothing to do with a person’s service as a soldier.

The former congressman brought up the 1998 Hawaii voters’ decision to support a state constitutional amendment granting the state legislature the power to “reserve marriage to opposite-sex couples.”  The amendment won with a vote of 69.2 percent.


What about Education?

Public schools in Hawai‘i suffer from a myriad of problems including bullying, funding, structure and meeting test scores.  Here’s what Djou stressed to address some problems.

“…Much smaller school boards give parents greater control over their schools…break up our school board, said Djou.  (Hawai‘i is the only state in the nation with a single school board that governs every public school in the state.)

“I am a big proponent and champion of charter schools,” replied Djou.  He mentioned that they aren’t for everyone, but that they are a good solution for “a lot of our children.”

Djou also supports the Race to the Top program.

Of Economic Importance

Many students already feel the strain of college loans, food and utility bills.  How is the national debt related to our individual debt?

“…Your future is going to be dictated not by your dreams, but by your debt that our country is going to leave you, said Djou when speaking of the nation’s debt crisis.

“With as much debt as people are incurring right now to go and gradutate from the University of Hawai‘i, tacking on an additional $50,000 from the Federal Government is simply irresponsible,” stated Djou.

Campaign Coverage

Check out Kaleo.org for breaking updates on Election Night, Nov. 6 from the various campaign headquarters.  More information about Djou’s stance on various issues can be found at: www.djou.com/notes/Issues.

Follow the Campaign Money

U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C.

Posted: Friday, October 19, 2012 5:00 a.m. on Kaleo.org

Matthew Sylva Senior Staff Writer Ka Leo ‘O Hawai‘i

This is a major election year both nationally and locally: The president is up for re-election and Hawai‘i will be sending its first female senator to Washington D.C.

Candidates on both sides of the aisle have built up their war chests in anticipation of the clash between Democrats and Republicans this year. But where do politicians get the massive amounts of money needed to fund their campaigns?


Millions of dollars are donated to political candidates for their campaigns and millions are spent on things like advertising, signs, staff and events. This number appears to be rising annually, even with inflation being a factor.

According to the Campaign Finance Institute, the average cost of winning a Senate seat in 2010 was $8,993,945, and the average House seat took $1,434,760 to secure.

This is compared to $3,067,599 for a Senate race and $359,577 per House race in 1986 (actual cost without inflation). With inflation, those numbers are $6,103,099 and $715,401, respectively.


According to the Federal Election Commission, candidates receive money from donors categorized as individuals, political action committees, political parties, the candidates themselves and miscellaneous sources.

Recently, attention has been given to the involvement of “super PACs” in funding politicians’ election campaigns. These are PACs capable of giving massive amounts of money to a candidate, and many have questioned the legality and ethical issues with such groups.

U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington D.C.


On the national level, former Governor Mitt Romney has collected $274 million. Romney accumulated $191,538,802 from individuals, while another $901,224 comes from PACs. He has received about $58 million in contributions under $200, and more than $137 million has been in contributions of $2,000 and up.

Romney has reported receiving no party funds and has not officially contributed any money himself.

President Barack Obama has received $432.2 million in campaign contributions. Obama has $333,169,109 from individuals and has not accepted money from any PACs.

He has accumulated $5,860 from party sources and contributed $5,000 personally. He has received about $271 million in contributions under $200, and more than $78 million has been in donations of $2,000 and more.


In the race for Sen. Daniel Akaka’s seat, Democrat and current U.S. Representative Mazie Hirono has received $3,422,891 in campaign contributions. She has accumulated $2,430,081 from individuals, $726,128 from PACs, $43,100 from party sources and $223,579 from other sources.

In comparison, former Governor Linda Lingle, a Republican, has received $4,428,443 in campaign contributions. She has garnered $3,814,971 of that from individuals, $613,190 from PACs and $280 from other sources.

Neither candidate has officially contributed any money to their own campaigns.


U.S. House candidate Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat, has received $1,501,692 towards her campaign. Of that, $1,182,129 came from individual sources, $191,068 from PACs, $127,635 from personal funds and $860 from other sources.

Her Republican opponent Kawika Crowley did not have any data available on the FEC website at this time.


Former Rep. Charles Djou, a Republican, has received $567,666 in campaign contributions. He accumulated $497,666 from individual sources and $70,000 from PACs.

Democratic incumbent Colleen Hanabusa has received $1,323,569 toward her campaign. She has garnered $738,629 from individuals, $450,081 from PACs, $22 from party sources and $134,837 from other sources.


For more information, including graphs, charts and other statistics on political campaign finances, see the FEC website at fec.gov/pindex.shtml.

Caldwell, Cayetano Clash in UH-Hosted Debate

Posted: Monday, October 8, 2012 5:00 a.m. on Kaleo.org

Matt Sylva Senior Staff Writer Ka Leo ‘O Hawai‘i

On Saturday, Oct. 6, mayoral candidates Kirk Caldwell and Ben Cayetano faced off in a two-hour debate hosted by the UH Richardson Law School.

The debate went from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and was sponsored by The Hawai‘i Independent, KTUH-FM, The League of Women Voters Honolulu Chapter and ‘Ōlelo.  Richardson Law School Dean Avi Soifer moderated the 20 questions asked.

Former Acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell at the Richardson Law School-hosted debate.

What should be done about large campaign contributions such as those from corporations?

Cayetano said that leadership sets the culture and that he had no scandals on his record. Caldwell said he doesn’t support pay-to-play culture, noting that campaigns should be funded by a public fund so that candidates are distributed equal money and have to win with equal resources. This is not, however, how the current American system works.

Caldwell noted that both he and Cayetano receive money from private contractors.

How would you persuade Moloka‘i and Lana‘i to approve of the governor’s interisland energy cable and wind farm project?

Former Governor Ben Cayetano at the Richardson Law School-hosted debate.

Caldwell stated that he would work with county mayors and that there needs to be a balance. The City and County of Honolulu could provide benefits to those islands in exchange for energy. He said that some state tax money goes out to neighbor island projects.

Cayetano said that he would talk to the people who live on the possibly affected islands and seek community input.

Should EMS and Fire Department Services be merged?

Cayetano believes that they shouldn’t. The state controls EMS, so it would be the state legislature’s call. O‘ahu would need new ambulances to station at the fire departments and might have to pay those EMS employees more to match firefighters’ pay.

But Caldwell believes that they should – Hawai‘i and Kaua‘i counties use a blended fire and rescue system. He noted that 73 percent of American systems are blended.  This also gives them combined call centers, potentially improving efficiency.

What is the future of rail in Hawai‘i?

“We have to be brave and embrace the future,” said Caldwell, explaining that he is passionate about building rail as an integrated transportation system. He pointed out that O‘ahu has the worst traffic in America and that we need to be able to serve population growth without encouraging more cars and buses. He also pointed out that elevated freeways or underground tunnels are eyesores.

“This election is about the exercise of power,” said Cayetano, who does not support the current rail project, explaining that it would change the character and beauty of the city.  He said that the American Institute of Architects Hawai‘i Chapter came out against it, and that it will not reduce traffic enough.

Caldwell retorted that the renderings of the effect of rail on the skyline done by the AIAHC are inaccurate, as they are not the architects who are working on the project. He compared it to getting a house blueprint from someone not building the house.

How will the public pay for and how much will they pay for your improvement plans?

Caldwell said that the rail project is only legally allowed two funding sources from the federal government and the city’s temporary 0.5 percent general excise tax increase. The sewer fee brings in money from the federal government that matches what is collected, so the more collected means the more received – in theory.

“A bus system can exist without rail but a rail system cannot exist without the bus,” Cayetano responded.  He said that 70 percent of TheBus is funded by the general excise tax, and that we should be doing 20 miles of sewer a year and that the city has not been keeping up.

Should the City and County of Honolulu follow Ney York City’s example of banning super-sized soft drinks? What role should the C&C play?

Cayetano stated that people should have a choice and that he would push for change through education.

Caldwell said that he prefers the San Francisco model of mandatory labeling and disclosure. The labeling would work as a way of allowing people to make their own educated decisions.

What plans do you have for the World War I Waikīkī Natatorium?

Caldwell stated that a task force had been set up to remove most of the natatorium and expand nearby Kaimana Beach. The archway and material fronting the monument would be preserved and moved inland.

Cayetano responded that he would support the Kaimana Beach option but that volleyball and concerts could still be held using temporary bleachers that would be moved in and out when needed.

What is your energy plan and environmental commitment?

Cayetano mentioned that under his administration, property condemnation with imminent domain was used to prevent a development from taking place. He was a member of the Save Sandy Beach movement and was pushing to eliminate commercial activity at Hanalei Bay on Kaua‘i.

Caldwell replied that energy is both a state and city issue, since O‘ahu consumes most of the state’s energy. Cooperation is needed with neighbor island mayors to support the governor’s interisland deep-sea cable project to bring energy to O‘ahu.

How would you increase access to municipal government?

Caldwell brought up Mayor Peter Carlisle’s setup of the 311-service system that allows people to submit photos and concerns about issues such as dead streetlights and potholes to the government more efficiently. There is a need to speed up processing and response time from government back to the people.

Cayetano spoke about a need for greater transparency, citing a lack of such during Caldwell’s time in office. Caldwell rebutted by pointing out Cayetano’s reaction to a Civil Beat article that upset him and his resulting refusal to speak with Civil Beat for future articles.

What about the homeless problem?

Cayetano said that it was a big problem and that the city needs to create more affordable housing rentals. He said that there are three types of homeless: drug addicts/mental issues, “down and out” and finally those who choose it.

Caldwell spoke about first showing compassion and that one-third of homeless are veterans of war. He said that during his time he helped push legislation banning “camping out” in public parks and that U.S. House candidate Tulsi Gabbard helped champion legislation by banning people from collecting on sidewalks because these spaces are for all of the public and not just a select group.

Should Hawai‘i use cameras at intersections to reduce crime?

Caldwell pointed out that Washington, D.C., has that system in place and that it works well. Pictures are taken of red light runners’ license plates and tickets are mailed to the offender’s home. This frees up police for more important work such as catching criminals.

Cayetano replied that he supports it and that people who are photographed in public lose their right to privacy anyway. He wants the cameras for reducing crime.

What about illegal vacation rentals?

Cayetano said there is a place for vacation rentals, but that people should not be breaking the law.

Caldwell said he supports vacation rentals and that a better job needs to be done about regulating them, perhaps through a licensing program. He said that people who stay in vacation rentals tend to spend more money and that more of that money stays in Hawai‘i.

The state’s land plan for urban development and communities is up for renewal. What are your feelings and changes?

Caldwell said that the executive and legislative branches are working together with community input to develop the plan, but that the plans changed. The plan said 60 percent of the population should live in Kailua as the “Second City.” Today, that is the Ewa Plain and the second city is Kapolei.

Cayetano asked why Ho‘opili and Koa Ridge were part of the plan for urban development when they are prime agricultural lands. The response was that they are inside of the developmental boundary in the urban sprawl plan, whereas Kapolei was once agricultural land and that development in Mililani and Wahiawā are outside of the boundary.

What would you do about the potholes and sewer problems?

Cayetano explained that the city has a pothole hotline and that Hawai‘i’s roads are ranked third worst in the nation. He said that pothole patching is not a solution and that the roads need to be completely repaved. He said that an estimated $1.6 billion is needed to fix O‘ahu’s roads.

Caldwell mentioned that $155 million in projects had been approved but the projects were not started on for repaving roads that he got “out the door.” It focused on smaller secondary roads such as those in Mānoa. He said the slurry seals could also extend the life of roads between pavings by 4-5 years.

What should be done about the growing amounts of solid waste?

Caldwell explained that he doesn’t want any more landfills and that Wai’anae has been handling the burden for too long already. He said that the approval process for a new landfill is seven to 10 years and that we should instead focus on reducing the footprint of our current landfill by reusing recyclable items left in the landfill. Burnable materials could also be taken out and added to H-Power.

Cayetano said he has similar views and that he hopes to improve the efficiency of removing recyclable items from H-Power before they get burned instead. More landfills is not the answer.

What about TheBus and Handi-Van problems dealing with rail in the near and distant future?

Neither candidate answered this question. Instead, both talked about the numbers for rail and traffic reduction. Cayetano used this time to ask Caldwell more about the numbers.

Caldwell said that the reduction in traffic time is similar to 39 percent fewer cars on the roads with an 18 percent reduction in urban corridors.

In a rebuttal Cayetano said it comes down to trips versus cars on the road. There could be 39 percent fewer cars on the road, but if the reduction in trips is only about one percent, what difference would it make?

How can you make public parks and restrooms more attractive and safe?

Caldwell said that the current problems stem from a lack of proper maintenance. He would set up a system of reporting the problems.

Cayetano said that the increase in general tax fund money for roads from 10-19 percent would leave less money to actually do anything about the problems.

What about the effects of rising sea level?

“I will do something about it,” said Cayetano. He suggested long-range planning.

Caldwell said he would appoint a task force to examine the issue and that permits for development would have to be changed to prevent further development in low-lying areas. He said that a global warming map puts Waikīkī, Honolulu and Kailua underwater in the future. He prefers vegetation projects to naturally buffer and preserve beaches and that we should be careful about seawalls and their effects on beaches.

How do you feel about the Public Land Development Corporation?

Caldwell responded that it is flawed and it leaves the counties out of the process, which shouldn’t be done. He said the law needs to be amended to include county and public opinion, but that it is still in the fixing stages.

Cayetano said that the government might have been trying to fast-track projects with good intention, but that it wasn’t done right.

How would you support languages other than English?

Cayetano said that you cannot put every language everywhere and there needs to be a balance. He would help people learn English instead.

Caldwell stated that it’s okay to not know English and to value our different cultures. But voting should have multiple languages available, which it does. He would pick and choose where to interface additional languages.