Hawaii State Senate District 1

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Hawaii State Senate District 1
Current incumbentGilbert Kahele Democratic Party
Ethnicity1.1% Black, 8.4% Hispanic
Voting age77.6% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Hawaii's first state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Gilbert Kahele.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 55,808 civilians reside within Hawaii's first state senate district.[1] Hawaii state senators represent an average of 54,412 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 48,461 residents.

About the chamber

Members of the Hawaii State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Hawaii legislators assume office the first day of Legislative session following the election (usually the third Wednesday of January).


From Article III, Section 7 of the Hawaii Constitution: No person shall be eligible to serve as a member of the senate unless the person has been a resident of the State for not less than three years, has attained the age of majority and is, prior to filing nomination papers and thereafter continues to be, a qualified voter of the senatorial district from which the person seeks to be elected; except that in the year of the first general election following reapportionment, but prior to the primary election, an incumbent senator may move to a new district without being disqualified from completing the remainder of the incumbent senator's term.


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Hawaii legislature are paid $46,272/year. Additionally, legislators receive $150/day for per diem for members living outside Oahu during session, and $120/day during the interim while conducting official legislative business. Members living inside Oahu receive $10/day during the interim while conducting legislative business.[2]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the senate, the Governor is responsible for appointing a replacement. For all vacancies, the Governor must appoint a replacement within 60 days after the vacancy happened. The candidate is selected from a list of three prospective candidates submitted by the political party that last held the vacant seat. The party has thirty days after the vacancy to submit a list of prospective candidates. If the person leaving the seat is a independent, the Governor must select a resident from the vacant district that is not a member of any political party.[3][4]



See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Hawaii State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place August 9, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent Gilbert Kahele defeated Wendell Ka'ehu'ae'a in the Democratic primary and will face Gregory "Kobata" Arianoff (L) in the general election.[5][6]


See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Hawaii State Senate consisted of a primary election on August 11, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 5, 2012. Incumbent Gilbert Kahele (D) was unopposed in the general election and defeated Donald Ikeda in the Democratic primary.[7][8]

Hawaii State Senate, District 1 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGilbert Kahele Incumbent 58.4% 7,027
Donald Ikeda 41.6% 5,011
Total Votes 12,038

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Hawaii State Senate District 1 have raised a total of $875,651. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $87,565 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Hawaii State Senate District 1
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $203,739 2 $101,870
2010 $79,965 1 $79,965
2008 $460,181 2 $230,091
2006 $28,162 1 $28,162
2004 $83,553 1 $83,553
2002 $20,051 3 $6,684
Total $875,651 10 $87,565

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