Kalei Akaka

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Kalei Akaka
Candidate for
Hawaii House of Representatives, District 6
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Campaign website
Kalei Akaka is a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 6 of the Hawaii House of Representatives. She ran unsuccessfully for the same seat in 2012.


Akaka received her B.A. in Communications and Marketing from Chaminade University of Honolulu. Her professional experience includes working for the Hawaii state legislature and working in the public relations field.[1]



Akaka's website has emphasized the following campaign themes:[2]

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt: "I believe we need to attract new businesses and ventures that incorporate purposeful and responsible economic growth and development aesthetically compatible with our environment that benefits the community as a whole, providing our people with work so they may support themselves and their family."


  • Excerpt: "I believe we need to provide our students with an education that provides them with ability to meet the standards and growing needs of our world and have access to higher education and professional training."


  • Excerpt: "I believe we need to continue to seek methods of safe and renewable energy."


  • Excerpt: "I believe our lands, waters, and skies need to be cared for with a respect for our environment and living creatures."

Pro-Government Workers

  • Excerpt: "I am a strong advocate of taking care of our government employees’ wages and benefits. For too long, our state and county government employees have been forced to do more with less. These workers when they retire should receive the benefits they have earned in regards to their retirement, medical, and pension."

Culture and the Arts

  • Excerpt: "I am a strong advocate of maintaining and preserving the unique traditions of Hawai‘i. In addition to being born, raised and educated in Kona, I have experienced the multicultural backgrounds of my fellow classmates and community leaders and support government involvement to foster these traditions."


Akaka has been endorsed by the Hawaii Laborers’ Union (Local 368), the Hawaii Fishermens Alliance, Hawaii Local 293, Hawaii Sheet Metal Workers, the State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers, the United Public Workers, and AFSCME (Local 646).[3]



See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Hawaii House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on August 9, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent Nicole Lowen will face Kalei Akaka in the Democratic primary, while Roy Ebert will face Kelly Valenzuela in the Republican primary.[4]


See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2012

Akaka ran in the 2012 election for Hawaii House of Representatives District 6. Akaka was defeated by Nicole Lowen in the Democratic primary on August 11, 2012.[5][6]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 6 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNicole Lowen 32.5% 1,067
Kalei Akaka 31.1% 1,022
Bucky Leslie 22.4% 734
Fred Housel 14% 461
Total Votes 3,284

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