Carol Fukunaga

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Carol Fukunaga
Carol Fukunga.jpg
Honolulu City Council, District 6
In office
January 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 2015
Years in position 1
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Hawaii State Senate, District 11
1992 - 2012
Hawaii House of Representatives
1978-1982, 1986-1992
Bachelor'sUniversity of Hawaii
J.D.University of Hawaii
BirthdayDecember 12, 1947
Office website
Carol Fukunaga (b. December 12, 1947) is a member of the Honolulu City Council, representing District 6. She was first elected to the council in 2012.

Fukunaga is a former Democratic member of the Hawaii State Senate, representing District 11 from 1992 until 2012. She also served in the Hawaii State House of Representatives from 1978 to 1982 and again from 1986 to 1992.


Fukunaga earned her B.A. from the University of Hawaii and her J.D. from Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii in 1976. Her professional experience includes working as an Executive Officer for the Office of the Lieutenant Governor from 1982 to 1986 and attorney.


Campaign themes


Fukunaga addressed the following issues in a meeting with Civil Beat, a local Honolulu newspaper, on July 17, 2014:[1]

Urban Housing

  • Excerpt: "Between 2009-2012, Makiki, Ala Moana-Kaka’ako, and Downtown-Chinatown legislators mobilized with community members, businesses, and all levels of government to find suitable sites for permanent supportive housing, and appropriate rehabilitation services to assist homeless residents. Since the formation of the state’s Inter-agency Council, led by the state homeless coordinator, the adoption of the city’s Homeless Action Plan in 2013, and Mayor Caldwell’s “compassionate disruption” strategies in 2014, both state and county governments have earmarked over $50 million in additional funds to house chronically-homeless individuals and families, while providing the necessary rehabilitation services. In Downtown-Chinatown, for example, the Council augmented Mayor Caldwell’s Housing First initiative with over $3 million dollars to (a) provide more beds for chronic homeless with mental health/substance abuse needs, (b) expand the services provided by homeless providers in the region, and (c) tackle the public health/safety issues arising from sidewalks that serve as bedrooms and bathrooms. Over the longer term, we have identified the Downtown-Iwilei-Kalihi transit-oriented development zones as sites to build new affordable housing that includes permanent supportive housing and services near transit, with easy access to employment, education and healthcare."


  • Excerpt: "Provide incentives to create new industries — with higher-paying jobs— in the Kapolei-West Oahu region, so that employment clusters are distributed in both east and west Oahu. Increase multimodal transportation alternatives, like more bike baths, pedestrian friendly streets and car sharing services in the urban core to encourage commuters to use different forms of mobility to reduce traffic pressure on neighborhood streets."

City Revenues

  • Excerpt: "I support investing a greater share of tourist accommodation tax (TAT) revenues in Honolulu, since the majority of visitor accommodations and attractions are located on Oahu. Last year’s TAT revenues equaled $368.5 million dollars, with counties receiving 25 percent of those revenues and state programs receiving the balance."

Committee assignments


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

Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2011
Economic Development and Technology, Chair
Ways and Means
Water, Land, and Housing


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

Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2009
Economic Development and Technology
Water, Land, Agriculture and Hawaiian Affairs
Ways and Means



See also: Honolulu, Hawaii city council elections, 2014

Honolulu, Hawaii held city council elections on November 4, 2014. A primary election took place on August 9, 2014. Incumbent Carol Fukunaga and Sam Aiona advanced past Steve Miller and Joli Tokusato in the primary election. Fukunaga defeated Aiona in the general election.[2][3][4]

Honolulu City Council, District 6, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCarol Fukunaga Incumbent 54.7% 17,373
Sam Aiona 36.3% 11,541
Blank or Over Votes 9% 2,856
Total Votes 31,770
Source: Hawaii Secretary of State - 2014 General Election Results
Honolulu City Council, District 6 Nonpartisan Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCarol Fukunaga Incumbent 42.5% 11,412
Green check mark transparent.pngSam Aiona 22.7% 6,106
Steve Miller 4.2% 1,131
Joli Tokusato 17.8% 4,776
Blank or Over Votes 12.8% 3,453
Total Votes 26,878
Source: Hawaii Secretary of State - 2014 Primary Results


See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2012

Fukunaga ran in the 2012 election for Hawaii State Senate District 11. Fukunaga was defeated by incumbent Brian Taniguchi in the Democratic primary on August 11, 2012.[5][6]

Hawaii State Senate, District 11 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Taniguchi Incumbent 55.4% 6,527
Carol Fukunaga Incumbent 44.6% 5,254
Total Votes 11,781


See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2010

Fukunaga won re-election to the 11th District seat in 2010. Fukunaga defeated Earl Winfree in the September 18 primary. She did not have any opposition in the general election, which took place on November 2, 2010.[7]


On November 7, 2006, Fukunaga won re-election to the Hawaii State Senate from Hawaii's 11th Senate District. Fukunaga received 8,568 votes in the election, defeating Phil Myers (R), who received 3,226 votes. Additionally, 678 "Blank" votes and 1 "Over" vote were cast in the election.[8] Fukunaga raised $96,404 for her campaign; Myers raised $4,416.[9]

Hawaii State Senate, District 11 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Carol Fukunaga (D) 8,568 68.7%
Phil Myers (R) 3,226 25.9%
Blank 678 5.4%
Over 1 0.0%

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Fukunaga was up for re-election, he collected $95,334 in donations.[10]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Hawaii State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Carol Fukunaga's campaign in 2010
Patsy T Mink PAC$2,000
Theatrical Stage Employees Local 665$1,750
Hawaii State Teachers Association$1,700
Au, Jeffrey$1,500
Hawaii Government Employees Association$1,250
Total Raised in 2010 $95,334


In 2008, a year in which she was not up for re-election, Fukunaga raised $43,141 for her campaign.[11] The five largest contributors to her campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Hawaii Association of Realtors $2,750
Carol A. Fukunaga $2,391
Outrigger Enterprises $1,500
Susanna Cheung $1,000
Waianae Valley Physical Therapy $888


In 2006, Fukunaga raised $96,404 in campaign contributions.[12] The five largest contributors to her campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Plumbers and Pipefitters $4,000
University of Hawaii Professional Assembly $3,450
Hawaii Association of Realtors $3,400
Public Funds $2,544
Ironworkers Local 625 $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.[13] The Institute observed state legislators' votes on issues involving taxes, spending, scope of government, business climate, and raids on special funds. Fukunaga received a total score of 20%. Here are the scores Fukunaga received based on specific categories.

2010 Hawaii Senate Legislative Scorecard
Taxes Business climate Spending Individual liberty Raids Scope of government
37% 0% 0% 50% 16% 0%

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Political offices
Preceded by
Honolulu City Council, District 6
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Hawaii State Senate District 11
Succeeded by
Brian Taniguchi (D)