Kauai hosts GOP state convention

LIHUE — Over 375 Hawaii delegates are expected to cast their votes for the GOP’s state chairs and officers on Saturday.

The Kauai Republican Party will be hosting the 2017 Hawaii Republican Party State Convention at the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort on Friday and Saturday.

Rep. Andria Tupola (R-43), Republican minority leader for the Legislature, and Shirlene Dela Cruz will vie for state chair.

“I hope people will realize the Republican party can become a major force in Hawaii politics like it once was,” said Steve Yoder, Republican Party Kauai chair. “We’re looking for one of these two young ladies to rally the troops, to see Republicans elected and no longer become a one-party state.”

With five Republican seats represented in the legislature, Yoder is hoping the convention will rally members of the GOP.

“This is the lowest point, I think, the Republican party’s been,” he said. “We’re having more people attend these things than normally would attend the convention on Oahu, where the majority of the delegates is.”

On Friday, three 90-minute workshops will be held. One workshop will explain how to organize a district.

“Basically how to reach people at the grassroots and how to organize and lay groundwork, so when a candidate does raise their head above the radar to run, they’ll have somebody to work with,” Yoder said.

Yoder said the Friday workshops and Saturday event are sold out.

Early registration, $75, for the convention on Saturday begins at 7:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast. It will be held in the Jasmine Ballroom and runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 593-8180.


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