Gilbert Kahele

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Gilbert Kahele
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Hawaii State Senate District 1
In office
January 2011 - Present
Term ends
November 4, 2014
Years in position 3
Senate Majority Whip
Base salary$57,852/year
Per diem$175/day off Oahu; $10/day on Oahu
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedJanuary 2011
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
AppointedJanuary 12, 2011
Appointed byGov. Neil Abercrombie (D)
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchUS Marine Corps
Years of service1960 - 1964
Place of birthMilolii, Hawaii
Campaign website
Gilbert Kahele is a Democratic member of the Hawaii State Senate, representing District 1. He was first appointed to the chamber in 2011. He was initially appointed by Governor Neil Abercrombie to replace Sen. Russell Kokubun.[1] Kahele has served as Senate Majority Whip since 2013.

Committee assignments


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

Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2013
Tourism and Hawaiian Affairs
Transportation and International Affairs
Ways and Means


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



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.[2][3]


See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2012

Kahele won re-election in the 2012 election for Hawaii State Senate District 1. Kahele defeated Donald Ikeda in the August 11 Democratic primary and ran unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

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 donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kahele is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Kahele raised a total of $146,112 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 24, 2013.[6]

Gilbert Kahele's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Hawaii State Senate, District 1 Won $146,112
Grand Total Raised $146,112


Kahele won election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Kahele raised a total of $146,112.
Hawaii State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Gilbert Kahele's campaign in 2012
Kahele, Gilbert$9,785
Kahele, Kaialii$8,780
Kahele, Kaialii$6,928
Kahele, Leighton$5,000
Honua Group$4,000
Total Raised in 2012$146,112
Source:Follow the Money


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In 2014, the Hawaii State Legislature was in session from January 15 through May 2.[7]


In 2013, the Hawaii State Legislature was in session from January 16 to May 3.[8]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Malama Solomon (D)
Hawaii State Senate District 1
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Russell Kokubun (D)
Hawaii State Senate District 2
Succeeded by
Russell Ruderman (D)