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  • Hawaii will join California this Nov. in deciding constitutional amendments regarding same-sex marriage

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    Voters in Hawaii will join those in California in deciding on a constitutional amendment related to same-sex marriage in Nov. 2024. Both states follow Nevada, which decided a constitutional amendment in 2020. While California, like Nevada, will be voting on whether to repeal language defining marriage as between one man and one woman, the amendment…

  • Eight candidates filed to participate in Hawaii’s Republican presidential caucus 

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    The filing deadline for the Hawaii Republican presidential caucus passed on Dec. 1, 2023. Eight candidates qualified to appear on the March 12, 2024, ballot. In order to qualify, candidates had to pay a $10,000 filing fee.  The following candidates qualified: Binkley, Burgum, Christie, DeSantis, Haley, Ramaswamy, Stuckenberg, and Trump have all filed to participate…

  • Hawaii sees one open U.S. House seat for the sixth election cycle in a row

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    The filing deadline for candidates running for Congress in Hawaii this year was June 7, 2022. Thirteen candidates are running for Hawaii’s two U.S. House districts, including eight Democrats and five Republicans. That’s 6.5 candidates per district, less than the 9.5 candidates per district in 2020 and the same number as in 2018. Here are…

  • Contested state legislative primaries increase in Hawaii this year

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    There are 51 contested state legislative primaries in Hawaii this year, representing 34% of the total number of possible primaries. This is a 65% increase from 2020. A primary is contested when more candidates files to run than there are nominations available, meaning at least one candidate must lose. Of the 51 contested primaries, 36…

  • Hawaii lifts last statewide school mask requirement in the nation

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    On August 1, 2022, Hawaii lifted its statewide school mask requirement, making it the final state in the nation to do so. The Hawaii Department of Health announced the change on July 12. Thirty-five states required masks in schools at some point since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some requirements specifically covered schools, while…

  • Seven candidates running in Democratic primary for governor of Hawaii

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    Seven candidates are running in the Democratic primary for governor of Hawaii on Aug. 13. Incumbent David Ige (D) is term-limited. Vicky Cayetano, Joshua Green, and Kaiali’i Kahele lead in polling and media attention. Cayetano co-founded Hawaii’s largest laundry company and served as president and CEO for 34 years. Cayetano said, “My record of building…

  • Hawaii reports increased number of unemployment insurance phishing scams

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    The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) announced April 7 an increased number of reports of phishing scams tied to unemployment insurance claims. The schemes involve scammers who impersonate the DLIR in text messages, emails, and social media posts that ask for personal information that is supposed to relate to unemployment insurance claims.…

  • Final statewide mask requirement ended in Hawaii March 26

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    The last remaining statewide mask requirement in the country ended in Hawaii on March 26. Governor David Ige (D) announced the end of the requirement on March 8, bookending a series of 10 other states ending their mask requirements throughout February and March.  Since New Jersey enacted the first statewide mask requirement in response to…

  • Hawaii enacts new state legislative districts

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    Hawaii enacted new legislative districts on Jan. 28, 2022, when the Hawaii Reapportionment Commission voted 8-1 to approve a legislative map proposal. The maps will take effect for Hawaii’s 2022 state legislative elections. The commission’s Technical Committee Permitted Interaction Group initially presented the state legislative map plans to the commission for consideration on Oct. 14,…

  • Hawaii enacts new congressional district maps

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    Hawaii enacted new congressional districts on Jan. 28, 2022, when the Hawaii Reapportionment Commission voted 8-1 to approve a congressional map proposal. Hawaii was apportioned two seats in the U.S. House of Representatives after the 2020 census, the same number it received after the 2010 census. This map will take effect for Hawaii’s 2022 congressional…