The field narrows

LIHUE — Sunday morning the fifth and final printout for Hawaii’s primary 2018 primary elections was released, solidifying who is moving on to campaign for November’s general election.

Kauai Councilmember Derek Kawakami led the race with 48.2 percent, or 9,066 votes in the race for Kauai’s next mayor. In the general election, he’ll be facing off against Council Chair Mel Rapozo, who received 22 percent, 4,145 votes.

Seven people threw their hats into the mayor’s race. Coming in third was Councilmember JoAnn Yukimura, who received 19.8 percent of the votes, or 3,718.

Lenny Rapozo received 5.5 percent of the vote, with a total of 1,042. Next were Debra Kekaualua with 170 votes, Clint Yago with 133 votes and Ana Mo Des with 96 votes.

Of 24 candidates up for the Kauai County Council, 14 advance to the general election. Topping that list were three incumbent councilmembers: Arryl Kaneshiro, with 9,022 votes or 6.8 percent, Mason Chock with 8,632 votes or 6.6 percent, and Ross Kagawa with 8,137 votes or 6.2 percent.

Luke Evslin came in fourth with 7,296 votes, or 5.5 percent, incumbent Arthur Brun placed fifth with 6,765 votes or 5.1 percent, former councilmember KipuKai Kualii received 6,523 votes or 5 percent and Felicia Cowden placed seventh on the list with 4,458 votes or 3.4 percent.

Placing eighth on the list was Norma Doctor Sparks, and following her were — in numerical order — Billy Decosta, Juno Ann Apalla, Shaylene Iseri, Milo Spindt, Kanoe Ahuna and Adam Roversi.

The final 10 candidates each received 1.5 percent of the vote or less and will not be continuing on to the general election ballot.

Kauai’s state legislators all moved on to another term Saturday night, with Rep. Jimmy Tokioka receiving 67.8 percent of the votes, or 3,889, for the District 14 seat and outstriding competitor Elaine Daligdig, who received 1,085 votes or 18.9 percent of the vote.

Rep. Dee Morikawa secured the District 16 seat with 55.9 percent of the votes, or 3,055 and candidate Stephanie Iona securing 1,829 votes or 33.4 percent.

In the race for governor of Hawaii, incumbent David Ige came away with 50.2 percent of the votes, or 124,528 votes, with Colleen Hanabusa taking second with 43.4 percent of the votes. Ige will be on the general election ballot against Terrence Teruya, who ran in the primary as a nonpartisan candidate and received 542 votes or 26.4 percent in the primary, and against Andria Tupola, who ran as a Republican candidate in the primary and received 17,282 votes or 53 percent.

Josh Green took top votes for lieutenant governor, and the Democratic candidate received 74,819 votes or 30.2 percent, with the second place candidate being Jill Tokuda who received 27. 5 percent or 68,107 votes and Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. receiving 45,802 votes or 18.5 percent.

Green Party candidate for lieutenant governor was Renee Ing, who received 444 votes, nonpartisan candidate Paul Robotti received 535 votes and topped candidate Ernest Magaoay, who received 521 votes.

Republican lieutenant governor candidate Marissa Kerns received top votes with 9,749, or 29.9 percent, topping two candidates for the seat.

For U.S. Congress, Tulsi Gabbard topped other candidates for the U.S. Representative District II seat, receiving 94,629 votes, 75.6 percent of the votes. She’ll be going up against Brian Evans, who was running as a Republican and received 12,331 votes or 70.9 percent in the primary.

General elections will be held nationwide on Nov. 6.


Jessica Else, environment reporter, can be reached at 245-0452, or at jelse@

  1. I saw a Vampire once August 13, 2018 11:09 am Reply

    Billy Decosta, the dad or the son. Waimea high school 1983. ?

  2. I saw a Vampire once August 13, 2018 11:12 am Reply

    The son was on tv. Or was this the dad. Recall. 1983 yearbook. Waimea high school. Goals.

    24,702 no votes, but registered.

  3. I saw a Vampire once August 13, 2018 11:26 am Reply

    Yes. Those are car radio features. FM, RDS.

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