There were no major surprises in Hawaii’s primary on Saturday other than Lt. Gov. Josh Green (D), a physician before turning politician, comfortably defeated former first lady Vicky Cayetano and Kaiali’I Kahele, who decided to seek the governor’s office instead of a second term in the U.S. House.
He will face former two-term Republican Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona in the general election, who defeated martial arts champion B.J. Penn in his party’s primary.
Exorbitant housing prices and a rise in crime will be the central issues in the gubernatorial race. During the COVID pandemic, the median price of a single-family home topped $1 million in Honolulu, Maui and Kauai counties.
In the U.S. Senate race, incumbent U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz defeated democratic primary challenger Steve Tataii, a conflict resolution consultant. Tataii made an unsuccessful bid for Congress in 2016.
In the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, state Rep. Bob McDermott beat five other candidates.
In the 1st Congressional District, incumbent U.S. Rep. Ed Case beat attorney Sergio Alcubilla in the democratic primary. Case in the general election will face former U.S. Navy SEAL Conrad Kress, who defeated two other candidates to win the Republican primary.
In the 2nd Congressional District, frormer state Sen. Jill Tokuda beat state Rep. Patrick Pihana Branco for the democratic nomination.
Tokuda will face off with former U.S. Air Force intelligence analyst and businessman Joe Akana, who defeated business owner Joseph Webster in the republican primary.