HCAN Speaks! is a nonpartisan 501(c)4 nonprofit. As part of our work fighting for Hawaiʻi’s keiki, our staff, board and parent advocates have chosen to endorse certain candidates for elected office who have demonstrated their commitment to children and families.

This year, HCAN Speaks! chose 28 state house and 7 senate candidates to endorse. We’re prepared to mobilize all of our efforts to help these candidates win their seats — and we hope you will join us! Similarly, should the candidates be elected, we’re prepared to hold each of them accountable for the answers they gave us. Below you will find a list of these candidates. Click their names to visit their campaign websites.

View our voter guide this election to help plan your votes here.

Hawaiʻi Island

Jeanne Kapela

House District 5


Laura Acasio
Senate District 1

Nicole Lowen

House District 7


Dru Mamo Kahuha

Senate District 2


Maui, Lāna'i, Molokaʻi, Kahoʻolawe

Justin Woodson

House District 9


Angus McKelvey

Senate District 6

Jeremiah Savage

House District 10



Mahina Poepoe

House District 13



Elle Cochran
House District 14




Tina Nakada Grandinetti
House District 20


Corey Rosenlee
House District 39


Sharon Moriwaki
Senate District 12

Andrew Garrett

House District 10


Julie Reyes Oda
House District 40


Michelle Kidani
Senate District 18

Ian Ross

House District 13


Summer-Lee Yadao
House District 42
  Clayton Hee
Senate District 23

Adrian Tam
House District 14


Cross Makani Crabbe
House District 45



Kim Coco Iwamoto
House District 25


Amy Perruso
House District 46



Trish La Chica
House District 27


Lisa Kitagawa

House District 48



Ikaika Hussey
House District 29


Scott Matayoshi
House District 49

Sonny Ganaden
House District 30


Natalia Hussey-Burdick
House District 50



Corey Chun

House District 35


Lisa Marten
House District 51

Alexander Ozawa

House District 38





Kauai and Niʻihau

Nadine Nakamura

House District 15


David Tarnas

Senate District 8

Luke Evslin

House District 16




Take action!

Whether or not you live in their districts, you can help ensure that these champions for children are elected. Here are three simple ways you can get involved.


Sign up for our email list to learn about volunteering opportunities for these candidates.

Tell your friends and family

If you have friends and family members in any of these districts, let them know about our endorsement and tell them why it’s important to have elected officials who will fight for our children and families. Make sure they remember that Hawaiʻi is voting by mail! Primary election ballots must be received (not postmarked) by August 10 at 7 pm.

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