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Russell Kokubun
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Hawaii Commissioner of Agriculture
Former officeholder
In office
December 2010 - December 2013
Base salary$103,512
Elections and appointments
AppointedDecember 2010
Appointed byGovernor Neil Abercrombie
Campaign $$135,666
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Hawaii State Senate
Hawaii County Council
Office website
Russell Kokubun (b. May 15, 1948) is the former Hawaii Commissioner of Agriculture. He was appointed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie in December 2010, and remained in the position until his resignation effective December 2013.[1][2] He was succeeded by his former deputy, Scott Enright, on January 1, 2014.[3]

Kokubun previously served in the Hawaii State Senate, representing District 2 from 2000-2010.[4]


Kokubun was a Councilmember for the Hawaii County Council from 1984 to 1988. He was also Chair of the Hawaii County Council from 1984 to 1992. In 1992 he was a candidate for Hawaii County Mayor. He was appointed to Executive Assistant to the Mayor for the County of Hawaii from 1995 to 1997. He was then appointed to be Deputy Planning Director in June of 1997 and he served in that position until 2000.

Kokubun was a Farm Laborer for Kamuela from 1974 to 1975. Kokubun worked as an Operator for Hydroponic Greenhouse in Keaau from 1975 to 1978. He also was manager of Hilo Natural Foods Store from 1975 to 1978. He then worked as an Accountant for Volcano Art Center from 1980 to 1981. He has also worked as a farm owner/operator from 1978 to 1988. From 1992 to 1995 he was a Project Manager for Hilo Main Street Program for Hilo Downtown Improvement Association.


  • BBA, Business administration, Southern Methodist University (1971)

Political career

Hawaii Commissioner of Agriculture (2010-2013)

Kokubun served as Hawaii Commissioner of Agriculture beginning in December 2010 and retired from office at the end of 2013.[2]

Hawaii State Senate (2000-2010)

Kokubun served in the Hawaii State Senate from 2000-2010, representing District 2.[5]

Senate Committee assignments




See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2010

Kokubun won re-election to the 2nd District seat in 2010. Kokubun defeated Timothy Waugh in the September 18 primary. The general election took place on November 2, 2010. Kokubun defeated Michael Hale (R) in the general election.[6]

Hawaii State Senate, District 2
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Russell Kokubun (D) 13,432 69.5%
Michael Hale (R) 4,381 22.7%


On November 7, 2006, Kokubun was re-elected to the Hawaii State Senate from Hawaii's 2nd Senate District. Kokubun ran unopposed in the general election. He raised $21,350 for his campaign.[7]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kokubun is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Kokubun raised a total of $135,666 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 9, 2013.[8]

Russell Kokubun's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 Hawaii State Senate District 2 Won $46,375
2008 Hawaii State Senate District 2 Not up for election $8,450
2006 Hawaii State Senate District 2 Won $21,350
2004 Hawaii State Senate District 2 Not up for election $6,760
2002 Hawaii State Senate District 2 Won $52,731
Grand Total Raised $135,666


In 2008, a year in which he was not up for re-election, Kokubun collected $8,450 in campaign donations.[9] The five largest contributors to his campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Moon Soo Park $2,000
Plumbers and Pipefitters $2,000
Dupont $500
Syngenta Crop Protection $500
Hawaiian Telcom $400


In 2006, Kokubun collected $21,350 in campaign donations.[10] The five largest contributors to his campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
University of Hawaii Professional Assembly $4,000
Altria $2,000
Ocean Tourism Coalition $1,000
Island Insurance Company $1,000
RJ Reynolds Tobacco $1,000


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.[11] The Institute observed state legislators' votes on issues involving taxes, spending, scope of government, business climate, and raids on special funds. Kokubun received a total score of 5%. Here are the scores Kokubun received based on specific categories.

2010 Hawaii Senate Legislative Scorecard
Taxes Business climate Spending Individual liberty Raids Scope of government
0% 0% 0% 67% 0% 0%


Kokubun and his wife, Anne, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Hawaii Commissioner of Agriculture
Succeeded by
Scott Enright
Preceded by
Hawaii State Senate - District 2
Succeeded by
Gilbert Kahele (D)