Michelle Kidani

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Michelle Kidani
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Hawaii State Senate District 18
In office
2008 - Present
Term ends
November 8, 2016
Years in position 7
Base salary$46,272/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
AssociatesHonolulu Business College (1969), Leeward Community College (1980)
Bachelor'sKennedy-Western University (1993)
Date of birthSeptember 30, 1948
Place of birthHonolulu, Hawaii
ProfessionExecutive Assistant, City and County of Honolulu
Personal website
Campaign website
Michelle Kidani (b. September 30, 1948) is a Democratic member of the Hawaii State Senate, representing District 17. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008. She currently serves as Assistant Majority Leader.


Kidani earned her A.A. as a Legal Secretary from Honolulu Business College in 1969, her A.A. in Liberal Arts from Leeward Community College in 1980, her B.S. in Business Administration from Kennedy-Western University in 1993, and her diploma from the Hawaii Leadership Academy in 2004.

Kidani's professional experience includes working as Senior Advisor to the Honolulu City Council from 1988 to 2000, working as an Office Manager for Waipahu Community Association from 2001 to 2002, working as a MedQuest Administrator in Customer Service for the State of Hawaii from 2002 to 2005, and working as an Executive Assistant to the City and County of Honolulu since 2005.

Committee assignments


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

Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2013
Education, Vice Chair
Human Services
Tourism and Hawaiian Affairs
Ways and Means, Vice Chair


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


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


Campaign themes


Kidani's campaign website lists the following issues:[1]

  • Funding for key areas
"Transportation," "Public Education," "Higher Education," "Health and Human Services."
  • Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Harassment
"Bullying has gained more attention due to the increasing amount of violent and high-profile incidents, both locally and nationally. As a State legislator, Senator Kidani wanted to find solutions to help control this problem for Hawaii children and adults."
  • Charter School Governance and Accountability
"Charter schools have become a visible and important component of the education system in Hawaii. It is imperative to clarify the duties and responsibilities of the Charter School Review Panel and the local school boards to ensure that all charter schools are using state dollars effectively and transparently while still keeping their identify and meeting their educational goals."
  • Student Instructional Time
"The Legislature realized that the State of Hawaii cannot allow our students to be last in the country when it comes to instructional time. In 2010, they passed a law that would mandate that 180 instructional days be required for all public schools. However, there were some adjustments which were needed to the original Act."
  • Emergency Responder's Safety
"Senator Kidani will be introducing a new bill in 2012 that is based on a new law from the State of New York. This bill would require motorists to exercise due care when approaching an authorized emergency vehicle that is parked, stopped, or standing on the shoulder or any portion of a highway."



See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2012

Kidani won re-election in the 2012 election for Hawaii State Senate District 18. Kidani defeated former Hawaii House Representative Michael Magaoay in the August 11 Democratic primary and defeated Rojo Herrera (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Hawaii State Senate, District 18, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichelle Kidani Incumbent 72.3% 14,518
     Republican Rojo Herrera 27.7% 5,573
Total Votes 20,091

Hawaii State Senate, District 18 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMichelle Kidani Incumbent 64.6% 7,434
Michael Magaoay 35.4% 4,077
Total Votes 11,511


On November 4, 2008, Kidani won election to the Hawaii State Senate from Hawaii's 17th Senate District. Kidani ran unopposed in the election. She raised $30,290 for her campaign.[5]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kidani is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Kidani raised a total of $217,490 during that time period. This information was last updated on 6/25/2013.[6]

Michelle Kidani's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Hawaii State Senate, District 18 Won $150,644
2010 Hawaii State Senate, District 17 Not up for election $36,556
2008 Hawaii State Senate, District 17 Won $30,290
Grand Total Raised $217,490


Kidani won re-election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Kidani raised a total of $150,644.


Kidani was not up for election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Kidani raised a total of $36,556.


Kidani won election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Kidani raised a total of $30,290.


Kidani is divorced and has four children.

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Preceded by
Clarence Nishihara (D)
Hawaii State Senate District 18
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Hawaii State Senate District 17
Succeeded by
Clarence Nishihara (D)