Gubernatorial Candidates
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With the median price of a home in Hawaiʻi exceeding $1.1 million, what is the governor’s role in addressing this crisis and what specific tactics would you employ to achieve relief for Hawaiʻi’s families?
During the height of the pandemic, the need for a more diversified economy was highlighted. Hawaiʻi’s lack of food sovereignty and over-dependence on tourism dollars were top of mind. As tourism rebounds, what is your commitment to continue moving toward economic diversification, particularly in agriculture, and what changes would you specifically endorse to reduce our dependence on imports that are vulnerable to disruptions in the supply chain?
In August 2019 the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court ruled (Clarabal v. Department of Education) that the state has a constitutional duty to provide Hawaiian language immersion education in our public schools. Despite this, there are only 25 public/charter schools (out of 294) offering Hawaiian immersion education. 80% of Native Hawaiian keiki are enrolled in the DOE, and the majority do not have access to Hawaiian immersion education in their local community. What specific immediate action would you take to significantly increase the number of public schools offering Hawaiian immersion programs?

Yes/No Questions for Gubernatorial Candidates (4)

  1. Should Native Hawaiians have decision-making power regarding the stewardship of Maunakea?
  2. Acres of Hawaiʻi’s “ceded” lands under state control have been leased to the military and other federal entities for absurdly low amounts (e.g., $1/year). Do you believe Hawaiians and the state should receive fair market value lease rents for these lands?
  3. Do you support changes to Hawaiʻi’s current tourism model to include proactively protecting cultural sites and fragile ecosystems from over-tourism?
  4. Do you support fulfilling the state’s obligation to provide Native Hawaiians with their 20% pro rata share of Public Land Trust revenues?

No Responses

On June 13, all candidates running for governor were contacted via email and invited to respond to Ka Wai Ola’s 2022 Primary Election candidate survey. Candidates who did not respond by our June 25 deadline received a reminder on June 28 and a deadline extension. Despite our efforts, some candidates have chosen not to participate in Ka Wai Ola’s candidate survey.

  • George (Big Al) Haway, REPUBLICAN
  • Richard Kim, DEMOCRAT
  • Moses (Momo) Paskowitz, REPUBLICAN
  • Keleionalani Taylor, NONPARTISAN