Carol Fukunaga

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Carol Fukunaga
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Hawaii State Senate District 11
Former Member
In office
1992 - 2012
Term ends
January 19, 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Hawaii House of Representatives
1978-1982, 1986-1992
Bachelor'sUniversity of Hawaii
J.D.University of Hawaii
Date of birthDecember 12, 1947
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Carol Fukunaga (b. December 12, 1947) is a former Democratic member of the Hawaii State Senate, representing District 11 from 1992 until 2012.

Fukunaga attended the State Constitutional Convention in 1978. She served in the Hawaii State House of Representatives from 1978 to 1982 and again from 1986 to 1992. She then joined the Hawaii State Senate in 1992. She has served in that position since, representing the 11th District.

Fukunaga was an Executive Officer for the Office of the Lieutenant Governor from 1982 to 1986. She is currently and attorney.

Fukunaga earned her B.A. from the University of Hawaii. She went on to receive her J.D. from Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii in 1976.

Committee assignments


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


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



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.[1][2]

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.[3]


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.[4] Fukunaga raised $96,404 for her campaign; Myers raised $4,416.[5]

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.[6]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:


In 2008, a year in which she was not up for re-election, Fukunaga raised $43,141 for her campaign.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] 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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Preceded by
Hawaii State Senate District 11
Succeeded by
Brian Taniguchi (D)