What Aloha Spirit? It's Election Season

In Hawaii, it’s best not to let your politics get in the way of your aloha. That’s the message of some candidates heading into Saturday's primary.

Political attack ads are getting a lot of attention this year, especially in the race for Honolulu mayor where a $5.26 billion light rail project is on the line. There’s also a U.S. Senate seat up for grabs that could sway the balance of power in Congress.

With such high stakes, Hawaii is expected to see even more negative advertising after the primary, mainly due to the influence of super PACs and other independent expenditure groups, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Pacific Resource Partnership.

But how does this fit in with Hawaii’s island style? Aren’t we supposed to play nice with one another and maintain the Aloha Spirit?

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