Editor’s Note: Civil Beat asked Mufi Hannemann, the Hawaii Independent Party candidate for governor, numerous times throughout September for an interview for this story but he was never available.
Hawaii is the only state that isn’t broken up by multiple school districts. That means Hawaii — whose population of roughly 1.4 million people makes it the 11th smallest state — actually encompasses one of the largest school districts in the country.
The ninth largest one, to be exact, costing taxpayers nearly $1.5 billion dollars annually for operations alone. Together, the
Gov. Neil Abercrombie wasn’t the only one who didn’t expect to lose his bid for re-election.
His Aug. 9 loss in the Democratic primary to Sen. David Ige also seems to have caught the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts off guard.
The foundation is responsible for the official portrait that Hawaii governors have had done for the past century when their term comes to an end. But the board, apparently expecting Abercrombie to be in office another four years, did not approve the $45,000 budget and nine-month
Enactment of marriage equality was a major accomplishment of the Abercrombie administration. But is that really the reason Gov. Neil Abercrombie was overwhelmingly rejected by voters pulling the Democratic Party ballot on Aug. 9?
That’s what the governor told The Associated Press last week, in a story that was picked up across the country.
“Republicans crossed over en masse to vote in the Democratic primary, and then the religious factor came in,” the AP reported Abercrombie saying. “Doctrinally I was outside the circle and paid for it.”
There may have been some voters
Now that dust has settled, it might be helpful to turn to the Hawaiian pidgin English dictionary to get a better grip on why Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie was so handily blasted out of office by his underfunded and relatively unknown challenger, state Sen. David Ige.
On Primary Election Day, Ige was still so unfamiliar to some voters, I heard a fellow refer to him as “the Japanese guy running against Abercrombie.”
A key reason Abercrombie became Hawaii’s first incumbent governor to lose a primary election is what I call the “Wot,
We’re at the end of an era, one that many people 40 years ago, surely never thought they’d see, “the Abercrombie era.”
And we are at the beginning of a new era, one that would not exist had it not been for Neil Abercrombie.
What many of us do not realize, given Neil’s style of public presentation, is that he is — and always has been — a “team player.”
For example, few people outside of Dan Inouye’s inner circle, ever knew that it was his decision to call for the entire Hawaii
State Sen. David Ige has won a historic victory in the Hawaii governor’s race, knocking out Gov. Neil Abercrombie in an unprecedented defeat for an incumbent governor.
Ige defeated Abercrombie 66 percent to 31 percent, according to the 3:25 a.m. results posted early Sunday.
The Associated Press called the race for Ige at about 7:45 p.m. and news outlets began declaring victory for the state senator soon after.
The governor conceded the race not long after 9 p.m.
Hurricane Iselle, the first hurricane that could hit the Big island in more than 20 years, was steadily churning toward Hilo and expected to make landfall Thursday.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Julio is advancing toward the islands and could strike the Big Island as soon as Sunday. On Wednesday evening, Julio was 1,450 miles east of Hilo, about 1,000 miles behind Iselle.
On Wednesday, Iselle was considered a category 1 hurricane. On Tuesday evening it appeared as though the cyclone was weakening, but then it started to strengthen Wednesday. It’s expected to
Gov. Neil Abercrombie plans to visit with seniors on Kauai this week. He will also visit Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, greet kupuna and meet with high school seniors on Maui.
On Sunday, Abercrombie will celebrate “linking generations” with Japanese-American women, attend the United Filipino Council of Hawaii’s annual convention and make remarks at the Moiliili Senior Center.
Next Wednesday, the governor plans to go to a Hawaiian home lands groundbreaking in Kapolei and proclaim a “Pedestrian Safety Month.”
Kupuna. Students. Military. Women. Filipinos. Japanese. Hawaiians. Kauai. Maui.
Abercrombie racks up the miles on a mix of public and personal business.
Overcrowding and aging facilities have the state looking at an expensive overhaul of its prison system.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie is requesting $132,000 in emergency appropriations from the Legislature.