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Hawaii Republican Party

Republicans played a significant role in shaping Hawaii before statehood, but the Democratic Party of Hawaii has largely dominated government and politics in the islands ever since.

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). The Hawaii Republican Party traces its origins to the Missionary Party, which was formed by the descendants of Protestant missionaries from New England who first arrived in the early 19th century.

Republicans, whose party dominated the Legislature until 1954, represented business interests and the ruling elite of white men. Some members were instrumental in the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy. Many streets, highways, schools, office buildings and shopping centers still carry their names — Kuhio, Bingham, Dole, Thurston, Farrington, Dillingham, Alexander & Baldwin, Castle & Cooke, to name a few.

Some of the most significant territorial governors of Hawaii were Republican, including Sanford B. Dole, the first governor and a central player in Hawaii’s transition from a monarchy to a republic and then a territory, and Wallace R. Farrington. Hawaii’s territorial legislature was controlled by Republicans until 1954, when Democrats took over both the House and Senate.

Since statehood in 1959, Hawaii Democrats have dominated federal, state and county government, though Republicans have produced several leaders who have managed to have an impact. Still, it is usually the case that Democrats are able to field several strong candidates for offices while Republicans find it difficult to field even one.

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.

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.

‘Shake It Up!’ Why Hawaii Republicans Voted For Donald Trump Anthony Quintano

‘Shake It Up!’ Why Hawaii Republicans Voted For Donald Trump

They’re worried about immigration, disgusted with political correctness and ready to embrace deal-making.

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.

Sam Slom, the Hawaii Senate’s Dot of Red in a Sea of Blue Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sam Slom, the Hawaii Senate’s Dot of Red in a Sea of Blue

The state’s only Republican senator jokes about how he can “caucus with myself,” but he has serious views on making the GOP relevant here.

Podcast: Transcript of the Sam Slom Interview

Outnumbered 24-1, Hawaii’s lone Republican state senator talks about what it would take to make the GOP more relevant in the islands.

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.

Hawaii Needs an Effective Opposition Party

Hawaii Needs an Effective Opposition Party

Republicans need a new strategy — and soon — if they’re going to be the balancing political voice this state sorely needs.

Denby Fawcett: What Makes Cam Cavasso Keep Running for U.S. Senate? Courtesy: Hawaii Republican Party

Denby Fawcett: What Makes Cam Cavasso Keep Running for U.S. Senate?

I’ve been curious why the relatively unknown Hawaii Republican keeps at it when many of his proposals fall on deaf ears and he struggles to raise money.

Chad Blair: Republicans on Parade Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Republicans on Parade

Hawaii’s longtime minority party believes 2014 could be the year of change. Really!

Denby Fawcett: Hawaii GOP Chairwoman Pat Saiki’s Great Challenge Hawaii Republican Party

Denby Fawcett: Hawaii GOP Chairwoman Pat Saiki’s Great Challenge

The fifth grade girls were sassy to Miss Fukuda, as she was known then, because we hated P.E.

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

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

Governor fires up Hawaii Democrats, demands all CD2 candidates participate in convention forum.

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

Tuesday, May 10

New Political Parties Get Their Shot On Hawaii Ballots This Year

March 2016

Thursday, March 10

‘Shake It Up!’ Why Hawaii Republicans Voted For Donald Trump

Friday, March 4

Hawaii Voters Will Soon Get Their Say On Presidential Races

October 2015

Tuesday, October 13

Sam Slom, the Hawaii Senate’s Dot of Red in a Sea of Blue

Monday, October 12

Podcast: Transcript of the Sam Slom Interview

April 2015

Thursday, April 16

Neal Milner: Should a Democrat Ever Marry a Republican?

January 2015

Wednesday, January 28

Hawaii Needs an Effective Opposition Party

September 2014

Tuesday, September 9

Denby Fawcett: What Makes Cam Cavasso Keep Running for U.S. Senate?

August 2014

Monday, August 25

Chad Blair: Republicans on Parade

Tuesday, August 19

Denby Fawcett: Hawaii GOP Chairwoman Pat Saiki’s Great Challenge

December 2012

Thursday, December 20

Who Wants To Be A U.S. Senator?

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

Saturday, May 12

Hawaii GOP Hopes the Future Is Theirs

Lingle: United Hawaii GOP Can Win More Seats

March 2012

Wednesday, March 14

Hawaii Republican Caucuses: Headquarters

Tuesday, March 13

Hawaii Republican Caucuses: Lihue, Kauai

Hawaii Republican Caucuses: Waimea, Hawaii

Hawaii Republican Caucuses: Kahului, Maui

Hawaii Victory Gives Romney Something to Cheer About on Santorum’s Night

LIVE BLOG ARCHIVE — Hawaii Republican Caucuses 2012

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

Tuesday, September 27

Hawaii GOP Racked Up Credit Card, Mailer Debt

Monday, September 26

GOP’s Kaauwai Steps Down Under Pressure

Hawaii GOP In Dire Financial Need

Wednesday, September 21

GOP Hierarchy Demands Kaauwai’s Resignation

May 2011

Thursday, May 19

Hawaii Lawmakers Most Proud of Balancing Budget

Wednesday, May 18

Hawaii GOP: Democrats Outspent Us 3-1 in 2010

Monday, May 16

Civil Beat Told Only Part of GOP Story

November 2010

Monday, November 29

Capitol Watch: Nov. 30

Monday, November 1

Sleaziest Ad Yet?

September 2010

Monday, September 20

The Day After The 2010 Primary In Pictures

Friday, September 3

Are You There GOP? It’s Me, Chad

Wednesday, September 1

Duke, Jonah, Mufi and God

Hawaii Republican Party