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Barbara Marumoto-Coons
Barbara Marumoto.jpg
Hawaii House of Representatives District 19
Former Member
In office
Base salary$57,852/year
Per diem$175/day off Oahu; $10/day on Oahu
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Hawaii, 1972
Date of birthJuly 21, 1939
Place of birthSan Francisco, CA
ProfessionCommercial Real Estate Associate
Office website
Barbara Marumoto-Coons is a former Republican member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, representing District 19 since 1978. She served as House Minority Policy Leader from 2011 to 2012 and previously served as the Assistant Minority Floor Leader.

Marumoto-Coons is a commercial real estate associate. She has worked as a commercial real estate agent and legislative administrative assistant/researcher.

She is a member of the American Association of Retired Persons, East Honolulu American Heart Association Board, Friends of the Medical School, Girl Scouts, Historic Hawaii Foundation, Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Japanese American Citizens League, Kahala Business Association and Kahala Community Association.[1]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Marumoto-Coons served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Marumoto-Coons served on these committees:


Opposing Queen Lydia Liliuokalani School closure

Queen Lili`uokalani Elementary School

Marumoto-Coons strongly opposes the potential closure of Queen Lili`uokalani Elementary School because she values small schools and small classes, according to her. She also think it would be "ironic to shut its doors on the 100th school year since the Queen dedicated its opening."

Marumoto-Coons said closing the school would save Hawaii $372,000 a year, a potentially disputable figure.[2]



See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2012

Marumoto-Coons did not seek re-election in 2012.


See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2010

Marumoto-Coons won re-election to the 19th District seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition on September 18, 2010. She was also unopposed in the November 2, 2010, general election.[3]


On November 4, 2008, Marumoto-Coons won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives from Hawaii's 19th District, defeating Michael Abe (D). Marumoto-Coons received 6,440 votes in the election while Abe received 4,450 votes.[4] Marumoto-Coons raised $73,646 for her campaign; Abe raised $6,566.[5]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 19
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Barbara Marumoto-Coons (R) 6,440 55.7%
Michael Abe (D) 4,450 38.5%
Blank 670 5.8%
Over 5 0.0%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Marumoto-Coons raised $66,575 in contributions.[6]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Linda Lingle Campaign Cmte $2,000
Choi, Danette V $2,000
Kawananakoa, Abgail K $1,500
Tseu, Lawrence K W $1,500


In 2008, Marumoto-Coons collected $73,646 in campaign contributions.[7] The five largest contributors to her campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Barbara C. Marumoto $5,150
Hawaii Medical Association $2,000
University of Hawaii Professional Assembly $2,000
Hawaii Association of Realtors $2,000
Megan Marumoto $2,000


Hawaii Grassroot Institute

See also: Hawaii Grassroot Institute Scorecard

The Grassroot Institute issued its 2010 Legislative Score Card that tallied the votes of Hawaii legislators and graded their votes based on the Institute's values of individual liberty, free markets, and limited government.[8] The Institute observed state legislators' votes on issues involving taxes, spending, scope of government, business climate, and raids on special funds. Marumoto-Coons received a total score of 54%. Here are the scores Marumoto-Coons received based on specific categories.

2010 Hawaii House Legislative Scorecard
Taxes Business climate Spending Individual liberty Raids Scope of government
69% 71% 17% 67% 43% 0%

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Preceded by
Hawaii House of Representatives District 19
Succeeded by
[Bert Kobayashi]] (D)