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HGEA recommends these community-minded candidates for the 2020 Primary Election. Click on the links below to view endorsement cards.Remember: Vote on both sides of the ballot. No polling places will be open on Election Day.


HGEA Endorses Harry Kim for Hawaii County Mayor

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The HGEA political action committees and board of directors have approved the endorsement of Harry Kim for Hawaii County Mayor.

Currently the mayor of Hawaii County since 2016, Kim has shown trusted leadership for the past four years, much like he did when he served as Hawaii County Mayor from 2000 to 2008 and as Hawaii County Civil Defense Director for 16 years.

“Harry Kim personifies the Big Island values of hard work and perseverance and cares for Hawaii's working people," said Kalani Motta, Unit 13 member and Hawaii Island Division PAC member. "Much has happened in his current term as mayor, and he has prevailed as a strong, respected leader through all the challenges. Mayor Kim has helped make progress in Kilauea lava recovery projects, creating homes for the homeless and acquiring state and federal funding for Puna. And he has shown composure and diplomacy in his vision for Maunakea to bring scientists and cultural practitioners together and in his approach to dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. The people of Hawaii Island need him to remain our mayor.”


HGEA endorses Keith Amemiya for Honolulu Mayor


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The Hawaii Government Employees Association, the state’s largest union, announced its endorsement of Keith Amemiya for Honolulu Mayor.

“HGEA’s Political Action Committee sees Keith as a leader who has a proven history of caring for the people of Hawaii,” said HGEA executive director Randy Perreira. “He’s smart, he brings people together and he gets the job done. In times of crisis and in economic prosperity, we believe he will base his decisions on what is good for the people of Hawaii, not just numbers.”

“HGEA members are many of the hardworking people providing essential public services during this COVID-19 crisis,” said Keith Amemiya. “Because they don’t seek recognition, they are often forgotten by people at the top, but I see them. If and when we prevail in this Mayor’s race, it will be my greatest honor to work side-by-side with our public employees to rebuild a strong middle class, chart a new course with fresh ideas, and emerge from this COVID-19 disaster with hope and health for all.”

“Keith’s priority during this COVID-19 crisis is community and worker health,” explained HGEA member Justin Lam. “As a Registered Nurse, my coworkers and I deeply appreciate that he understands how health and safety measures need to be balanced with plans to reopen the economy. We believe that if elected he will prioritize the safety of workers and the public who they provide services to.”

For more information about Keith check out his website at



HGEA endorses Kai Kahele for Congress

Placeholder ImageThe Hawaii Government Employees Association is pleased to announce the early endorsement of Kaiali'i Kahele for Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District.

"After meeting and talking with Kai, the HGEA Political Action Committee believes he understands the struggles of working families and, if elected, will represent us well in Congress." - Eric Inouye, State PAC Chair

"As a union member, Kai knows the power of working people is strong when we stand together to help each other move forward with our union." - Jon Gasper, HGEA President

A message from Senator Kai Kahele

Dear HGEA Members:

Aloha! I want to first say ‘Mahalo’ to the HGEA for their early endorsement of my candidacy to represent Hawaii’s Second Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. It is an honor to have the support of Hawaii’s largest public sector union, which has long fought on behalf of not only its nearly 41,000 members statewide, but for all of Hawaii’s working families. As a 10-year card carrying union member, I understand firsthand the role of organized labor in improving the quality of life for all of our ‘ohanas.

As a strong advocate for Hawaii’s working families, I am committed to fighting for all workers to ensure that our working-class families have the resources and support to get ahead and not be left behind. I firmly believe that we can do better to improve the quality of life for our communities, and I look forward to continuing that fight in the halls of the United States Congress.

I am a firm believer that the strength of our economy is built on the backs of a strong and stable middle class represented by strong unions. I am proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with you. Together, we will shape the future of Hawaii and our country for generations to come.

In solidarity,

Sen. Kai Kahele
Candidate for Congress 



Voting By Mail

(FAQs from the State of Hawaii Office of Elections. For questions or more information regarding voting by mail, please contact the Office of Elections.)

Q: What is Vote by Mail?

A: Act 136, SLH 2019 implements all elections be conducted by mail. The law removes using polling places where voters cast their ballots on election day, and instead a ballot is automatically mailed to registered voters.

Q: How do I vote?

A: You must be a registered voter to receive a ballot. Your Clerk’s Office will prepare and mail your ballot packet approximately 3 weeks before the election.

Once you have voted your ballot, simply place the ballot in the secrecy envelope ensuring your right to secrecy, and then place into the return envelope. Be sure to sign the return envelope. A return envelope without a signature will not be counted.

You may return your voted ballot: by mail, or in-person at a designated place of deposit. All ballots must be received by your Clerk’s Office by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Postmarks do not count!

Q: What if I didn’t receive my ballot?

A: Ballot packets are mailed to all properly registered voters approximately 3 weeks before the election. If you do not receive your ballot packet, contact your Clerk’s Office.

Q: What if I make a mistake on my ballot?

A: If you make a mistake, misplace, or damage your ballot, you may request for a replacement ballot with your Clerk’s Office

Q: Will my vote still count if I did not vote on all measures and/or candidates?

A: Yes, your ballot will still be counted.

Q: Can I change my mind after I’ve returned the ballot?

A: No. Once you return your ballot and is received by the Clerk’s Office, it is considered cast and you will not be able to receive a new ballot.

Q: Why do I have to sign the return ballot envelope?

A: Your signature on the return envelope enables election officials to verify you as the voter.  The signature you provide on the return ballot envelope is verified against the signature on file in your voter registration record. If you do not sign your return ballot envelope, your ballot will not be counted.

Q: How can I receive my ballot if I’m on vacation or away at college?

A: Voters who will be away during the election may request for their ballot to be mailed to another address. Simply complete a one-time absentee application and indicate where you would like your ballot to be mailed to.

Q: Can I still vote in-person?

A: Yes, you may vote in-person by visiting any voter service center in your county. Voter service centers are open 10 days through Election Day for in-person voting, same day registration and accessible voting.



Voter Registration

Who may register to vote?

  • A citizen of the United States of America;
  • A legal resident of Hawaii; and
  • At least 18 years of age by election day.
(Note: If you have changed your address or your name, you must re-register.)

How do you register to vote?

Simply visit the Office of Elections website to download the instructions and application for voter registration.

Absentee Voting

Who may do absentee voting?

  • Any person registered to vote may cast an absentee ballot.
  • If you cannot vote at your polling place for any reason or you will be absent from the State of Hawaii on election day, you may vote using an absentee ballot.

How do you do absentee voting?

To request an absentee ballot, visit the Office of Elections website to download the instructions and application for an absentee voter ballot.

Important Dates

Voter registration deadline
July 9, 2020

In-person voting locations open
July 30, 2020

Deadline to request an absentee ballot
August 1, 2020

In-person voting ends
August 8, 2020

Primary Election
August 8, 2020