Kaniela Ing

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Kaniela Ing
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Hawaii House of Representatives District 11
In office
November 6, 2012-Present
Term ends
November 7, 2016
Years in position 3
Base salary$57,852/year
Per diem$175/day off Oahu; $10/day on Oahu
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Member, Neighborhood Board, City and County of Honolulu
Bachelor'sUniversity of Hawaii-Manoa (2010)
Master'sPublic Administration, University of Hawaii-Manoa (2012)
ProfessionPolicy advocate and legislative researcher
Kaniela Ing is a Democratic member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, representing District 11. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Ing served on the following committees:

Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2013
Labor & Public Employment
Public Safety, Vice Chair


Campaign themes


Ing's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Education and Opportunity: Collaboration, Charter Schools, & Reform of the DOE
Excerpt: "Public education is a vital investment for Hawaii’s future, and must remain a priority in our legislature. Our goal should be to provide every child, irrespective of socio-economic or geographical background, with the best education we can."
  • Success in a Globalized Economy: Revisiting our Tax Code, Protecting Working Families, & Supporting Local Entrepreneurs
Excerpt: "Globalization has evolved in a big way and technology will continue advancing rapidly; Hawaii must not fall behind. I will support policy and programs that encourage innovation in technology and business, especially for local entrepreneurs with vision for our future. I am pro-labor, pro-small business, and pro-tax reevaluation."
  • Affordable Housing: Responsible Development, Infrastructure, & Support for Families
Excerpt: "We need to ensure that while some growth may be inevitable, it is done responsibly and at a sustainable pace. We need to think beyond quick, short-term dollars and recognize the long-term effects of every project–whether it be a big box mall complex or public housing. Spiking property taxes followed by hard-working families losing their homes can be prevented if we plan ahead."
  • Land, Water, and Energy: Watershed allocation, responsible adoption of renewable practices, and the environment.
Excerpt: "I prioritize preserving our islands’ limited resources for use by future generations by encouraging renewable energy practices. This will start by transitioning Hawai‘i from having been the most oil-dependent state in the nation, towards becoming a world-wide leader in sustainable and renewable energy practices."
  • Fair and Responsive Government: Money in Politics, Responsiveness, & Clean Elections
Excerpt: "I support a comprehensive public funding option for Hawaii elections, similar to the proven-successful Arizona model, to give voters an option to elect candidates who are absolutely free from outside influence. I further vow to protect Hawaii law that prevents 'pay-to-play' preference in government contracts given to companies that contribute to certain campaigns."

Campaign spending allegations

The Hawaii Republican Party filed a complaint against Ing in October 2012, arguing that he exceeded his spending limitations during the August primary campaign. Ing joined a public matching funds program that legally limits his total campaign spending to $16,199 for the primary election and the same amount for the general election. Republicans charge that he must have exceeded that limit. they also contend that he did not file the necessary receipts and accepted donations larger than the $2,000 limit. Ing explained the campaign contribution limit by noting that the donation was paired with a loan from the same person, the total of which exceeded $2,000 but did not violate the campaign finance laws. Ing also noted that one expense that should have been on the previous report was properly filed for the upcoming report.[2]



See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Hawaii House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 9, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent Kaniela Ing defeated Marie Minichino in the Democratic primary and defeated Pat Brock (L) in the general election.[3][4][5]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 11, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKaniela Ing Incumbent 78.3% 4,926
     Libertarian Pat Brock 21.7% 1,362
Total Votes 6,288
Hawaii House of Representatives, District 11 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKaniela Ing Incumbent 87.1% 2,345
Marie Minichino 12.9% 346
Total Votes 2,691


See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2012

Ing won election in the 2012 election for Hawaii House of Representatives District 11. Ing defeated Netra Halperin, Colin Hanlon and Joseph Bertram III in the August 11 Democratic primary and defeated incumbent George Fontaine (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 11, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKaniela Ing 63.5% 4,814
     Republican George Fontaine Incumbent 36.5% 2,772
Total Votes 7,586
Hawaii House of Representatives, District 11 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKaniela Ing 45% 1,108
Netra Halperin 27.7% 682
Colin Hanlon 14.1% 347
Joseph Bertram III 13.2% 324
Total Votes 2,461

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ing is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Ing raised a total of $38,439 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 26, 2013.[9]

Kaniela Ing's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Hawaii State House, District 11 Won $38,439
Grand Total Raised $38,439


Ing won election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Ing raised a total of $38,439.
Hawaii House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kaniela Ing's campaign in 2012
Hawaii State Teachers Association$2,000
Plumbers & Fitters Local 675$2,000
Campaign Spending Commission$1,895
Wintner, Robert$1,895
Granat, Leslie A$1,750
Total Raised in 2012$38,439
Source:Follow the Money


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Hawaii

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In 2014, the Hawaii State Legislature was in session from January 15 through May 2.[10]

Legislators are scored on their "support and advocacy for small business and an improved business climate."


In 2013, the Hawaii State Legislature was in session from January 16 to May 3.[11]

Legislators are scored on their "support and advocacy for small business and an improved business climate."

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Political offices
Preceded by
George Fontaine (R)
Hawaii House of Representives District 11
Succeeded by