Election 2016: Hawai‘i County Ballot Guide

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General Election 2016 will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016,

The polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.

Candidates who won their primary races with a majority of votes will not appear on the ballot.

At polling locations, there are two options for voting—paper ballot and electronic. The instructions for the two forms differ slightly.

Paper Ballot


When using a paper ballot, read carefully all directions and each section, both front and back, before you mark each vote in blue or black ink. Voters are warned, marking more than one box in any section, your vote(s) for that contest will not be counted. Also be sure to fill in the box to the left of your choice completely. Any questions may be directed to a prescient officer.

Electronic Touchscreen

For the electronic touchscreen voting, read carefully the instructions in the eSlate DRE Station (Direct Record Electronic voting system). It will begin by asking you to turn the select wheel to the preferred language and followed by your access number.

For each category, move the select wheel to highlight the ballot choice and press enter; repeat for each one. Once each section is complete, carefully read the ballot summary and only after the desired choices have been made, press the cast-your-ballot button.

Read the paper verification carefully and verify the selections made on the printed record. Only after verifying the printed record, select “accept page” and enter, followed by pressing “cast ballot” to finish voting. When the American flag waves voting is complete.



District 3, portion of South Hilo and Kea‘au

Keli‘i, Moana
LeeLoy, Susan

District 4, portion of Eastern Puna
Greene, Maddie
Ohara, Eileen


Federal Contests for President and Vice President
Affiliation, President, Vice President


Constitution (C): Castle, Darrell L.; Bradley, Scott N.
Democrat (D): Clinton, Hillary; Kaine, Tim
Libertarian (L): Johnson, Gary; Weld, Bill
Green (G): Stein, Jill; Baraka, Ajamu
Republican (R): Trump, Donald; Pence, Micheal R.

U.S. Senator
(C) Allison, Joy J.
(R) Carroll, John
(A) Giuffre, John M. (Raghu)
(L) Kokoski, Michael A.
(D) Schatz, Brian

U.S. Representative, District II
(D) Gabbard, Tulsi
(R) Ka‘aihue, Angela Aulani

State Contests

State Senator, Dist 1 vacancy
(L) Arianoff, Kimberly
(D) Kahele, Kaiali‘i

State Senator, Dist 2 vacancy
(D) Ruderman, Russell
(L) Fogel, Frederick

State Representative, Dist 1
(D) Nakashima, Mark M.
(R) Young, Byron

State Representative, Dist 2
(D) Tsuji, Clift
Non-partisan (NP) Larson, Grace Dei

State Representative, Dist 3
(D) Onishi, Richard
(L) Avianoff, Gregory
(G) Pisciotta, Kealoha

State Representative, Dist 4
(D) San Buenaventura, Joy A.
(NP) Jones, Luana
(C) Stephens, Moke

State Representative, Dist 5
(D) Creagan, Richard
(L) Last, Michael L.

State Representative, Dist 6
(D) Lowen, Nicole
(R) Pratt, Bruce

State Representative, Dist 7
(D) Evans, Cindy
(R) Coakley, Jeffrey


Four of the nine seats on the board of trustees for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs are on the ballot: one at-large seat, one representing Hawai‘i Island.

Hawai‘i Resident Trustee
Lindsey, Robert K. (Bob)
Trask, Mililani B.

At-Large Trustee
Akina, Keli‘i
Apoliona, Haunani

State Constitution and County Charter Amendments

There are two amendments to the State Constitution proposed by the Twenty-Eighth Legislature and one proposed amendment to the Hawai‘i County Charter. Take time to read the full text of these amendments, and if needed, ask an election official for a copy of the full amendments at the time of voting.

  • CON AMEND: Relating to Jury Trials in Civil Cases
    Shall the threshold value in controversy requirement for jury trials in civil cases at common law be increased from $5,000 to $10,000? Yes or no.
    This amendment changes access to a jury trial for civil cases from $5,000 to 10,000, meaning anything less than $10,000 is decided by a judge rather than a jury.
  • The second amendment proposed to the State Constitution is relating to excess revenues.
    CON AMEND: Relating to the Disposition of Excess Revenues
    Shall the legislature be provided, when the state general fund balance at the close of each of the two successive fiscal years exceeds five percent of the general fund revenues for each of the two fiscal years, the additional alternatives of appropriating general funds for the pre-payment of either or both of the following:

Debt service for the general obligation bonds issued by the State; or
Pension or other post-employment benefit liabilities accrued for state employees? Yes or no.
This amendment means the rather than sending refund checks out to taxpayers, the money would be used for other state purposes.

Following is the proposed amendment to the Hawai‘i County Charter. An election official can provide a copy of the full text at the time of voting.

  • Hawai‘i: Expanding Scope of the County of Hawai‘i General Plan
    Shall the County Charter be amended to change the scope of the County of Hawai‘i General Plan, which currently sets forth policy for “the long-range comprehensive physical development of the county,” to include long-range policy for matters related to the economic, environmental, and socio-cultural well-being of the county; and, additionally, expand those matters which the General Plan promotes to include the health of the people of the County? Yes or no.

To read the full text of the proposed Hawai‘i County Charter amendment go online.

To view a sample ballot or to locate your polling location go online.

For more information on the general election, click here.

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