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Democratic Party Of Hawaii

The Democratic Party of Hawaii has dominated government, politics and policy in the islands for more than half a century. While there have been a handful of Republicans elected to high office, it has usually been the exception and involved strong candidates who faced weak Democratic opponents. The number of Republicans holding office in Hawaii declined under Republican Gov. Linda Lingle, who was elected in 2002 and will left office at the end of 2010.

Only two Republicans, Pat Saiki and Charles Djou, have been elected to the U.S. House. A former state legislator, Saiki served two terms before running unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 1990 and governor in 1994. Djou won the May 22, 2010, special election for the 1st Congressional District.

Only one Republican, Hiram Fong, has represented the state in the U.S. Senate.

Although a party system developed following the 1887 Bayonet Constitution that took power away from the Hawaiian monarchy, political parties in Hawaii first became dominant when Hawaii was a territory (1900-1959). During that time, Republicans dominated the Legislature through groups such as the Missionary Party, which was formed by the descendants of Protestant missionaries from New England who first arrived in the early 19th century. Republicans at the time largely represented business interests and the ruling elite of white men. Some members were instrumental in the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy. Democrats took over control of the Legislature in 1954.

Hanabusa To Run For Takai’s Seat In Congress? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hanabusa To Run For Takai’s Seat In Congress?

The Democrat and former congresswoman likely would scare off many potential challengers for the seat she won twice before Takai.

Hawaii Republicans Unite Behind Donald Trump, But Not Unanimously Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Republicans Unite Behind Donald Trump, But Not Unanimously

House Minority Leader Beth Fukumoto Chang is shouted down at the party’s convention for not embracing the presidential candidate.

Sanders Backers Dispute Delegate Count Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Sanders Backers Dispute Delegate Count

UPDATED: Hawaii supporters of Bernie Sanders are asking Democratic superdelegates to reflect the state’s landslide caucus vote.

Hirono’s Pineapple PAC Seeks To Help Dems Retake The US Senate Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Hirono’s Pineapple PAC Seeks To Help Dems Retake The US Senate

The Hawaii senator’s political action committee also donates to U.S. House candidates, party committees and even a Los Angeles city supervisor.

New Political Parties Get Their Shot On Hawaii Ballots This Year PF Bentley/Civil Beat

New Political Parties Get Their Shot On Hawaii Ballots This Year

UPDATED: The Hawaii Constitution Party, the Hawaii Independent Party and the American Shopping Party have qualified.

Caucus ‘Chaos’: Complaints Follow Hawaii Democrats’ Presidential Preference Poll Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Caucus ‘Chaos’: Complaints Follow Hawaii Democrats’ Presidential Preference Poll

UPDATED: The state’s Saturday balloting was criticized by many voters, but local party officials defended the process.

Weekend At Bernie’s: Hawaii Democrats Embrace Sanders Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Weekend At Bernie’s: Hawaii Democrats Embrace Sanders

UPDATED 3/27/2016: The senator from Vermont trounces former secretary of state Hillary Clinton by a landslide in President Barack Obama’s home state.

Honolulu ‘Feels The Bern’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu ‘Feels The Bern’

UPDATED: Jane Sanders is in Honolulu to  share the gospel about husband Sen. Bernie Sanders’ historic campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Hawaii Republicans Hand Donald Trump Another Victory Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Republicans Hand Donald Trump Another Victory

UPDATED 3/9/2016: Sen. Ted Cruz finishes second in the islands’ GOP presidential caucus, followed by Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. John Kasich.

Hawaii Voters Will Soon Get Their Say On Presidential Races Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Voters Will Soon Get Their Say On Presidential Races

UPDATED: But first, a word from someone who clearly doesn’t like Donald Trump. Listen to this robocall.

Neal Milner: Should a Democrat Ever Marry a Republican? Stephen Shepard/Flickr.com

Neal Milner: Should a Democrat Ever Marry a Republican?

Party identification has increasingly become a significant way that people assess character.

Who Wants To Be A U.S. Senator?

Who Wants To Be A U.S. Senator?

UPDATED 12/24/12 2 p.m. A whole bunch of Hawaii Democrats, that's who. Civil Beat handicaps the appointment of Inouye's successor.
Who Will Lead If Inouye and Abercrombie Leave Office?

Who Will Lead If Inouye and Abercrombie Leave Office?

Hawaii Democrats quietly talking about succession for the senator and governor. It's not a deep bench.
Democrats Might Censure Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz

Democrats Might Censure Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz

UPDATED* Investigative committee says Hawaii lawmaker's actions "direct, serious or egregious" violation of party bylaws.
Almost No Debt for Dems, But GOP Still Owes $66K DonkeyHotey/Flickr

Almost No Debt for Dems, But GOP Still Owes $66K

Hawaii’s Democratic and Republican parties are in much better fiscal shape compared to last year.

May 2016

Tuesday, May 24

Hanabusa To Run For Takai’s Seat In Congress?

Saturday, May 21

Hawaii Republicans Unite Behind Donald Trump, But Not Unanimously

Friday, May 13

Sanders Backers Dispute Delegate Count

Wednesday, May 11

Hirono’s Pineapple PAC Seeks To Help Dems Retake The US Senate

Tuesday, May 10

New Political Parties Get Their Shot On Hawaii Ballots This Year

March 2016

Tuesday, March 29

Caucus ‘Chaos’: Complaints Follow Hawaii Democrats’ Presidential Preference Poll

Saturday, March 26

Weekend At Bernie’s: Hawaii Democrats Embrace Sanders

Sunday, March 20

Honolulu ‘Feels The Bern’

Tuesday, March 8

Hawaii Republicans Hand Donald Trump Another Victory

Friday, March 4

Hawaii Voters Will Soon Get Their Say On Presidential Races

April 2015

Thursday, April 16

Neal Milner: Should a Democrat Ever Marry a Republican?

December 2012

Thursday, December 20

Who Wants To Be A U.S. Senator?

November 2012

Friday, November 30

Who Will Lead If Inouye and Abercrombie Leave Office?

September 2012

Wednesday, September 26

Democrats Might Censure Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz

August 2012

Thursday, August 23

Almost No Debt for Dems, But GOP Still Owes $66K

May 2012

Saturday, May 26

Abercrombie: ‘There Is A War On Our Basic Values’

Tuesday, May 15

Off The Beat: The Mouse That Roared

February 2012

Tuesday, February 28

New Hawaii Political Boundaries Released

October 2011

Tuesday, October 18

Hawaii’s Early 2012 Donors Still Like Obama

September 2011

Monday, September 26

Hawaii GOP In Dire Financial Need

Wednesday, September 21

GOP Hierarchy Demands Kaauwai’s Resignation

May 2011

Wednesday, May 18

Hawaii GOP: Democrats Outspent Us 3-1 in 2010

September 2010

Monday, September 20

The Day After The 2010 Primary In Pictures

Democratic Party Of Hawaii