State Rep. Andria Tupola, the Republican candidate for governor, talks with a supporter after a meet-and-greet session Friday at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Tupola will meet with the Puna community at 5:30 p.m. today in the Pahoa High and Intermediate School cafeteria.
The energetic Republican candidate for Hawaii governor won’t be abandoning the party or coming home crying anytime soon.
Andria Tupola likes to jump off high places.
Spitting Caves. Waimea Rock. Laie Point.
It’s her idea of fun. That, and running. Music, too. But the two-term House lawmaker hasn’t had much leisure time since she decided to try supercharging her political career.
Running for governor of Hawaii means facing issues other candidates don’t—like having a state-supported charter school swallowed by lava. But for Andria Tupola, the challenges are even bigger: she’s running as a Republican.
Long before Donald Trump entered politics, America’s island paradise was largely a one-party state. Hawaii hasn’t elected a Republican to the US Senate since 1991 or to the House of Representatives since 2011. Democrats currently control the governor’s mansion, the secretary of state’s office, and both houses of the state legislature.
Ka Leo talks story with gubernatorial candidate State House Rep. Andria Tupola.
What alternate universe is this!? Maleko & Flash pretend to get serious with our first political guest ever! Andria Tupola, admittedly the first politician to reply to Flash's texts and emails gets the honor of breaking the boys into the world of politics. Why does a music teacher go into politics in the first place? Does she know her Twitter Password? Why Republican? Why now? What's her position on LGBTQ rights? Plus her thoughts on Brett Kavanaugh, social media in politics, medical marijuana, the gentrification of Oahu, our homeless problem, and what Tonga gets right. If everyone in the studio had a concealed carry gun, who would she be most afraid of? Plus Sway & Mo from Mokus show off their new signature drink menu. Ige where you stay?!
...But Hawaii News Now political analyst Colin Moore believes Tupola is a stronger debater than Hanabusa.
"That contrast must make Governor Ige uncomfortable because she connects with voters in a way that he's struggled with," Moore said.
Moore says it's shameful that Ige has only committed to one televised debate....
Three candidates are trying to unseat our incumbent Democratic Governor on November’s general election ballot. Gov. David Ige declined our invitation to participate in a live candidate forum on INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI; his three opponents accepted. Hear Republican Andria Tupola, Green Party candidate Jim Brewer and non-partisan candidate Terrence Teruya discuss their perspectives on issues affecting our state.
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...It can be argued that Ige is not hiding, more like avoiding or ignoring or simply playing it safe. Playing it safe is usually a smart political strategy, especially if you’re the incumbent.... Ige would have much to lose in a series of debates with Tupola. Not the election — it’s hard to imagine a Republican wresting control of the state’s top office in this deeply blue state and in an era where the local party’s ranks in office has dwindled to almost nothing.
The state lawmaker defeated perennial GOP candidate John Carroll and former DOE official Ray L’Heureux.
State Rep. Andria Tupola, a former music teacher serving her second term in the Legislature, defeated longtime Republican stalwart John Carroll on Saturday night in the race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.
In partial results, Tupola had 52.6 percent of the votes, compared to Carroll’s 34.0 percent. Ray L’Heureux, a former assistant superintendent for the state Department of Education, trailed with 8.8 percent.
Tupola faces a monumental task in trying to upset the Democratic nominee. Gov. David Ige was leading Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa on Saturday. Democrats dominate Hawaii politics, and there have only been two Republican governors in Hawaii since statehood.
Gubernatorial Candidates were invited to answer questions about key conservation issues at the 25th Annual Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference on July 26th, 2018. This forum was hosted by the Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance Foundation and was moderated by Neil Hannahs. Candidates participating: Rep. Andria Tupola (R) John Carroll (R), Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa (D) and Governor David Ige (D).
“I do not believe that increasing taxes is the answer to our failing school system. We must conduct an internal audit of the Department of Education to eliminate waste and inefficiency so more dollars are going directly to the students.”
For Hawaii’s Aug. 11 primary, Civil Beat asked candidates to answer some questions about where they stand on various issues and what their priorities will be if elected.
Chad Blair, Politics and Opinion Editor for Honolulu Civil Beat, interviews Republican frontrunner Andria Tupola.
"The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands needs to be reformed to make Hawaiians thrive."
Wailuku, Maui: “Ah she’s back from the dark side,” said my mostly staunchly Democratic friends, when I showed up for coffee with a first hand report on Andria Tupola’s July 25 visit to Maui.
Tupola is this year’s most unlikely candidate, and one of the few with a certain inexplicable and instantaneously recognizable star quality. She’s one of a handful Republican reps in the otherwise all Democratic state house and she’s given up her seat as minority leader representing the state’s poorest districts (House 43 in Waianae/ Nanakuli on Oahu) to run for governor.
Half Samoan, part Hawaiian, a definite maverick and now in a long long long shot trajectory to be Hawaii’s next governor, she is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise dull and dreary slog to November.
State Rep. Andria Tupola has surged ahead of her opponent, attorney and former state Sen. John Carroll, in the Republican primary for governor, according to the latest Hawaii Poll.
Some 41 percent of likely primary voters said they would vote for Tupola if the election were held today, versus 28 percent who said they would vote for Carroll.
A plurality of Democratic voters think Gov. David Ige is the most trustworthy candidate running this year and also rate him highest for leadership ability in Hawaii Poll.
Republican campaign contributors have a clear favorite for governor in the Aug. 11 primary — state Rep. Andria Tupola.
Donors gave the GOP candidate $147,000 during the first six months of this year, according to her finance reports filed Thursday with the state Campaign Spending Commission.
Former state lawmaker John Carroll, a retired lawyer, raised $32,000 during the same period. And the only other Republican candidate, former Department of Education assistant superintendent Ray L’Heureux, brought in about $3,000.
Axel Beers talks with Gubernatorial Candidate Andria Tupola on Market Street Wailuku.