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New Jersey Senator Cory Booker Cruising The Big Island

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker has been making his way around the Island of Hawaii the last few days. Many people believe that Booker is being groomed to become the next Democratic Presidential Candidate.  A couple weeks ago he was seen with Hawaii Senator Kaiali’i Kahele who some feel would make a great governor of Hawaii:

Captured from Senator Kahele’s Facebook page.

Booker is pretty close with Hawaii’s own Senator Mazie Hirono and the other night a fundraiser was held here on the Big Island of Hawaii for the New Jersey Senator where folks got to meet with Senator Booker.

Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker, Agent Abbas Hassan, Senator Cory Booker and Bobby Chang Co-Owner of KC Hawaii

Hawaii County Democrats Select Nominees to Replace Late Sen. Gilbert Kahele

This morning at Keaukaha Elementary School cafe, Hawaii County Democrats met to select three nominees for the late Sen. Gilbert Kahele’s seat on the Hawaii Senate.

Democratic Meeting

Last night, House Rep. Richard Onishi was disqualified for running which lead to Margarita “Day Day” Hopkins, Donald Ikeda, Kaialii “Kai” Kahele, Shannon Matson, Kaloa Robinson, and Dolly Strazar being the remaining contenders for office.

Each candidate had their chance to address the folks that would be selecting the nominees and the public and media that was in attendance.  The candidates then went into a “Speed Dating” type of format where questions were asked of them.

When all was said and done, the Democratic Party nominated the late senators son Kaiali’i “Kai” Kahele along with Dolly Strazar and Kaloa Robinson as the three that would be passed on to Hawaii Governor David Ige to then nominate one of them to the position.

Hawaii Island Democratic Party Releases List of Candidates Applying to Fill Late Senator Gilbert Kahele’s Seat

The Hawaii County Democratic party released the following list of folks that have submitted formal “Statements of Candidacy” to fulfill the late Senator Gilbert Kahele’s remainder of term in office:

Sen Kahele Candidates
According to Ballotpedia the following process is taken to select a vacancy in the Hawaii’s Legislature:

If there is a vacancy in the Hawaii Legislature, the governor is responsible for appointing a replacement. For all vacancies, the governor must appoint a replacement within 60 days after the vacancy happens. The candidate is selected from a list of three prospective candidates submitted by the political party that last held the vacant seat. The party has thirty days after the vacancy to submit a list of prospective candidates. If the person leaving the seat is an independent (no party affiliation), the governor must select a resident from the vacant district that is not a member of any political party

My understanding is that this Saturday February 13th, the Big Island Democratic Party will select three (update) of the above candidates listed and send then those names to Governor Ige for him to decide who he will nominate to be in office.

While all of the above candidates are fairly well known, I personally believe that the Big Island Democratic Party should select our late Senators son, Kaiali`i Kahele, to the position as he knows most how his father would have wanted to vote on things in the Legislature.

Sen. Gilbert Kahele’s Son (Kaiali’i Kahele) Files Papers to Finish Out Senate Term

Last night at the Hilo Civic Auditorium, hundreds of folks paid their respect to the late Senator Gilbert Kahele.

Kai Kahele embraced by Malia Paul, Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Brian Schatz at his father's Celebration of Life.

Kai Kahele embraced by Malia Paul, Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Brian Schatz at his father’s Celebration of Life.

21 State Senators flew to the Big Island for the Celebration of Life, as well as current Hawaii State Governor Ige and former Governor Neil Abercrombie.  Former Hawaii County Mayor Dante Carpenter, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and current Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi all gave great tributes to the late Senator.

This evening I have learned that the beloved Senator’s own son, Kaiali’i Kahele has filed a “Statement of Candidacy” to fill the mid-term vacancy left by his fathers passing:
Kai Kahele Announcement

I myself think he would be a great replacement and hope that he is selected by the Democratic party to continue on with the things his father was working on.

“Kai” Kahele told me His (Sen. Gilbert Kahele) priorities are my priorities, Banyan Drive, UH-Hilo Aviation, Lanakila Housing, Covered Playgrounds at Haʻaheo and Waiakea Elementary schools amongst others. I am looking forward to spirited conversation on Saturday with the other candidates and sharing my vision, dreams and hopes for our Hilo community and our island.”