2024 Endorsements

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 34 candidates, 27 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 Kanuha

Senate District 2


David Tarnas

House District 8
   

Maui, Lānaʻi, 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

 

 

Kauaʻi and Niʻihau


Nadine Nakamura

House District 15

 

 


Luke Evslin

House District 16

 

 

Oʻahu


Tina Nakada Grandinetti
House District 20

 


Corey Rosenlee
House District 39

 


Sharon Moriwaki

Senate District 12


Andrew Garrett

House District 22

 


Julie Reyes Oda
House District 40

 


Michelle Kidani
Senate District 18


Ian Ross

House District 23

 


Summer-Lee Yadao
House District 42
 
Clayton Hee

Senate District 23


Adrian Tam
House District 24

 


Cross Makani Crabbe
House District 45

 

 


Kim Coco Iwamoto
House District 25

 


Amy Perruso
House District 46

 

 


Ikaika Hussey
House District 29

 


Lisa Kitagawa

House District 48

 

 


Sonny Ganaden
House District 30

 


Scot Matayoshi
House District 49
   


Cory Chun

House District 35

 


Natalia Hussey-Burdick
House District 50

 

 


Trish La Chica
House District 37 

 


Lisa Marten
House District 51
   


Alexander Ozawa

House District 38

 

 

 

 

Take action!

Check out our 2024 Hawaiʻi Busy Voter's Guide for voter registration and election information.

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

Volunteer

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.

Hawaiʻi's keiki need superheroes like you to spread the word! Join us on: