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Election 2020

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 2 (Rural Oʻahu and the Neighbor Islands)



A crowded field of contenders is seeking to fill the Congressional seat that U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D) has chosen to leave – U.S. House District 2, covering rural Oʻahu and the Neighbor Islands.

A crowded field of contenders is seeking to fill the Congressional seat that U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D) has chosen to leave – U.S. House District 2, covering rural Oʻahu and the Neighbor Islands.

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI Election 2020 features the six candidates:

-Joe Akana, who beat eight opponents in the Republican Primary, is a former U.S. Air Force intelligence analyst with advanced degrees who also is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools.

-Non-partisan Ron Burrus grew up in Texas and also has lived and worked in California. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a certificate in sports management.

-John (Raghu) Giuffre, an author, is the nominee for the American Shopping Party, which he founded. He is a former Realtor, originally from Los Angeles.

-Jonathan Hoʻomanawanui, from the new Aloha ʻĀina Party, is a U.S. Army veteran and Chair of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Western Conference. He previously ran as a Republican for a State House seat on Kauaʻi.

-State Sen. Kai Kahele, who currently represents the greater Hilo area of Hawaiʻi Island, won out over three others for the Democratic Party nomination. A former UH Mānoa volleyball player, he is a pilot with the Hawaiʻi Air National Guard and he also flies for Hawaiian Airlines.

-Michelle Tippens is the Libertarian Party candidate. The Texas native is a U.S. Army veteran and the founder of the Hawaii Veterans Cannabis Alliance. She holds an advanced degree and moved to Hawaiʻi in 2013.

Join the live discussion with the candidates on INSIGHTS. You can phone in, or leave us a comment on Facebook or Twitter. INSIGHTS is also streamed live on and PBS Hawaiʻi’s Facebook page.


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