In this Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 photo, Republican candidate for Hawaii governor Andria Tupola speaks at a campaign event in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)
In his Aug. 11, 2018 file photo, Democratic Hawaii Gov. David Ige greets supporters at his campaign headquarters, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Honolulu. Ige is running against Republican state Rep. Andria Tupola. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia, File)
HONOLULU — Candidates for Hawaii’s top elected office are focusing on a persistent problem that has only gotten worse: the high cost of housing on the islands.