Mufi Hannemann

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Mufi Hannemann
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Candidate for
Governor of Hawaii
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor of City and County of Honolulu
Bachelor'sHarvard University (1976)
BirthdayJuly 16, 1954
Place of birthHonolulu, Hawaii
ProfessionTeacher, businessman
Personal website
Campaign website
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Mufi Hannemann (b. July 16, 1954, in Honolulu, Hawaii) is an Independent candidate for Governor of Hawaii in the 2014 elections.[1]The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Hannamann was the Democratic mayor of the city and county of Honolulu from 2005 to 2011.[2]

Hannemann last sought election in 2012 as a Democratic candidate for U.S. House representing the 2nd Congressional District of Hawaii.[3] He was defeated by Tulsi Gabbard in the Democratic primary.[4]

Hannemann announced his independent candidacy for Governor of Hawaii on April 24, 2014.[1] in the 2014 gubernatorial election. Although Hannemann has long been affiliated with the Democratic Party, he petitioned to certify the Hawaii Independent Party for placement on the 2014 ballot. In order to run on the Hawaii Independent Party ticket, Hannemann had to collect a minimum of 706 signatures from registered voters, which is equal to one-tenth of one percent of statewide registered voters from the previous statewide general election as required by Hawaii election law.[5]


Hannemann was born and raised in the Honolulu area and graduated from the Iolani School. He left Hawaii after high school to study music at Harvard University, graduating in 1976. Hannemann earned a Fulbright Scholarship at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.[6] He later returned to Honolulu and took a job at his alma mater, the Iolani School, where he taught history and coached the school's basketball team.[7]

Hannemann segued from teaching into a career in government when he was tapped to serve as special assistant to both George Ariyoshi, who was the Hawaii governor at the time, and President Jimmy Carter. In the latter position, he worked closely with the United States Department of the Interior. In 1991, Hannemann was again appointed to a government position, this time under Gov. John D. Waihee III. During Waihee's tenure, Hannemann led the Hawaii Pro Bowl Host Committee, the Task Force on Homeporting, the Hawaii Office of International Relations and the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. His most recent White House appointments were as United States Representative to the South Pacific Commission, under Bill Clinton, and in the United States Department of Labor as a member of the President's Council on the 21st Century Workforce, under George W. Bush.

Hannemann's credits as a businessman include President and General Manager of Punaluu Sweetbread Shop and C. Brewer Hawaiian Juices, and, beginning in 1984, Vice President for Corporate Marketing and Public Affairs for parent company, C. Brewer and Company, Ltd.


  • Iolani School
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music - Harvard University (1976)



See also: Hawaii gubernatorial election, 2014

Hannemann is running as a Hawaii Independent Party candidate for Governor of Hawaii in 2014.[5] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


See also: Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Hannemann ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Hawaii's 2nd District. He sought the nomination on the Democratic ticket.[8][9] Hannemann was defeated by Tulsi Gabbard in the Democratic primary.[4] Incumbent Mazie Hirono vacated the seat.

U.S. House, Hawaii, District 2 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTulsi Gabbard 55.1% 62,882
Mufi Hannemann 34.3% 39,176
Esther Kia'Aina 5.9% 6,681
Bob Marx 3.8% 4,327
Miles Shiratori 0.5% 573
Rafael Del Castillo 0.5% 520
Total Votes 114,159


See also: Hawaii gubernatorial election, 2010

Hannemann was serving as mayor of Honolulu when he declared his bid for the governor's office in 2010. He had to resign from the post in order to run in the September 18 Democratic gubernatorial primary, which he lost to Neil Abercrombie by a steep margin of over 20 percentage points. Abercrombie went on to win the general election.[10][11][12]

Campaign donors


Mufi Hannemann (2012)[13] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2012$509,468.27$250,458.92$(128,961.12)$630,966.07
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2012$630,966.07$252,861.01$(380,072.27)$503,754.81
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