Honolulu Council District 7 Candidates on the Issues

Adrienne LaFrance/Civil Beat

Romy Cachola's eight years on the Honolulu City Council are coming to a close, and the next generation of leaders is poised to step into the void.

Two men running for the District 7 seat — 27-year-old first-time candidate Martin Han and current Hawaii House of Representatives Vice Speaker Joey Manahan — were, like Cachola, born in the Philippines.

Han is comparatively unknown but picked up union support early in his candidacy. Manahan's looking to trade spots with Cachola, who's running for the House seat Manahan's vacating. Voters need to know where the two candidates stand on the key issues.

Today you can find their questionnaire responses here at Civil Beat, as well as hand-written answers from Lillian Hong. She's the third registered candidate, meaning the contest will be on the primary ballot in August and a winner could be named if he or she secures more than half of the vote. We asked all three to explain their positions on 10 major issues facing the city.

Han and Manahan agree on many issues — they both support rail, they both think the sidewalk ban has been a moderate success and they both oppose eliminating property tax exemptions. You can find links to their full responses at the bottom of this article. For now, here are the areas in which Han and Manahan differ.

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