Latest Articles

  • Hawaii 1st Congressional District: Takai Defeats Djou

    · By Nathan Eagle

    Democrat Mark Takai has defeated Republican Charles Djou in the race to represent urban Oahu in Congress for the next two years.

    With all precincts reporting Tuesday evening, Takai was up over Djou, 51 percent to 48 percent. Djou picked up a little ground in the third wave of results that were released just after 10 p.m. but not enough to flip the results.

    “We started this race Aug. 7, 2013 — 15 months ago,” Takai told supporters at the Japanese Cultural Center in Moiliili, where Democrats gathered to celebrate their

  • Denby Fawcett: Digging Up Dirt and Opposition Research 101

    · By Denby Fawcett

    Hawaii’s candidates for governor and the 1st Congressional District may be too squeaky clean and Boy Scout-ish for any dirt to emerge about them in the upcoming election.

    It is difficult to imagine Democratic gubernatorial candidate David Ige — whose friends say the most scandalous thing he ever did was to “toilet paper” friends’ cars in college — involved in anything salacious.

    Or to imagine goodie-goodie Republican congressional candidate Charles Djou staggering down a Chinatown street after drinking too many mango margaritas at the Pig and the Lady.

    An image from

  • Civil Beat Poll: GOP’s Djou Up By 4 Points Over Democrat Takai in CD1

    · By Chad Blair

    The man who represents Hawaii Republicans’ best hope to pick up a congressional seat has a 4 percentage point lead over his Democratic opponent.

    Charles Djou leads Mark Takai 46 percent to 42 percent in Civil Beat’s latest poll. Just 12 percent of voters are undecided.

    The state has only sent three Republicans to Washington, D.C., since statehood in 1959, and Djou, a former state legislator and a former Honolulu City Councilman, is one of them. He won a special election to replace Neil Abercrombie in 2010 when the longtime congressman resigned to run

  • Chad Blair: Republicans on Parade

    · By Chad Blair

    I’ve seen this parade before.

    Dozens of hopeful candidates from diverse walks of life, hopeful, excited, sporting banners and signs and buttons and T-shirts and stickers and websites, all believing this will be the election year that Hawaii elects more than a token representation of Republicans.

    I saw this parade just two years ago, when Linda Lingle and Charles Djou went down to defeat in runs for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

    I saw it as well in 2010, when Djou lost his re-election bid for the 1st Congressional District, Cam

  • Djou vs. Takai: An Early Look at the 1st Congressional District Race

    · By Nathan Eagle

    Mark Takai and Charles Djou have much in common. They’re middle-aged family men who grew up in Hawaii, serve in the military and have years of experience in elected office.

    But there are fundamental differences between the two candidates that will help urban Oahu voters decide Nov. 4 who they want to represent them in Congress for the next two years.

    The race to replace U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who left her post for an unsuccessful Senate run, is shaping up to be competitive. Djou is anxious to return

  • Checking the Fact Check: Djou Claim on Small Business Vote is False

    · By Colleen Hanabusa

    U.S. Rep responds to Civil Beat Fact Check about her voting record.

  • Civil Beat Poll – Hanabusa Expands Lead Over Djou In Race for Congress

    · By Michael Levine

    Democrats likely to continue representing Hawaii in House.

  • Djou: Hanabusa Voted Against Small Business Tax Relief

    · By Anita Hofschneider

    Hawaii Congressional District 1 candidates spar over who has a better record supporting small businesses.

  • Civil Beat Poll – Dems Lead Congress Races

    · By Michael Levine

    Gabbard cruising past Crowley; Hanabusa leading Djou.

  • Hanabusa: Djou Voted Against Military Funding

    · By Anita Hofschneider

    Military spending made up nearly 18 percent of Hawaii’s GDP in 2009 and accounted for 101,000 jobs.

  • Djou: I Was Hawaii’s Most Moderate Congressman

    · By Anita Hofschneider

    1st Congressional District candidate also says he was one of the only 10 moderates.

  • Hanabusa Takes Round One in Djou Rematch

    · By Chad Blair

    In Hawaii Public Radio debate, incumbent corners challenger on voting record.