Spending soars in special election race for City Council seat

This election should be about the people, not the powerful, not the super PACs and not the mayor and that’s exactly where this money is coming from...

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Special Election for Council District 4

All-Mail Special Election for Council District 4: Saturday, April 13, 2019

Important Dates:

Voter Registration Deadline
Thursday, March 14, 2019 by 4:30 pm

Absentee Early Walk-In Voting at Honolulu Hale
530 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96813
Monday, April 1, 2019 - Friday, April 12, 2019
(excluding Sundays)
8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. 

 Election Day Voting/Same Day Voter Registration at Honolulu Hale
530 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96813
Saturday, April 13, 2019
7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.


A BIG mahalo!

With your support, I have the honor and privilege of representing you and your family for another term on the Honolulu City Council.

Our campaign of putting District 4 families first earned the endorsements of countless organizations including the State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers and the Hawaii Fire Fighters Associations. Furthermore, our record and advocacy of fiscal responsibility and accountability earned the re-endorsement of the Honolulu-Star Advertiser.

However, the most critical endorsement is from District 4 residents who reaffirmed the need for a strong, independent, and passionate leader to continue serving them on the Honolulu City Council.

A big mahalo goes out to everyone who volunteered on the campaign -- all of our friends and family that joined us as we sign waved, walked our community, held/hosted events, and made phone calls to friends and family. We were successful because of you.

With this re-election campaign now behind us, we can continue working towards a more thriving and vibrant Honolulu!

Mahalo again for the opportunity to serve and represent you on the Honolulu City Council.


Endorsed (again) by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser!

This morning, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reaffirmed their earlier support of my re-election to the Honolulu City Council!

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A Stew and Rice Dinner at Aina Haina Elementary School


Mr. Waters, you don't need to be negative.

A law is oftentimes the result of many hands, minds, and hours spent by lawmakers and our staff to bring an idea into fruition. Being a member of a nine-member council means working collaboratively with my colleagues. This means working together to address a pressing issue in our community regardless of the publicity or attention. In the end, the goal is to serve our community and to represent our constituents.

That is why it's disheartening to see my opponent criticize me for our work on the monster houses moratorium to address this growing issue throughout Honolulu.


My opponent sent this email on October 8 criticizing me for the work on monster houses moratorium (excerpt above)

Here's a timeline of the accounts that ultimately led to the bill that was 'introduced' by Councilmember Anderson:

  • July 7, 2017 - I introduced Resolution 17-198 after receiving complaints about large monster houses throughout the district.
  • Sept. 6, 2017 - Resolution 17-198 was adopted.
  • Oct. 4, 2017 - I introduced Resolution 17-276 that proposes changes to the Land Use Ordinance for development standards for large homes.
  • Oct. 25, 2017 - Councilmembers Fukunaga and Kobayashi introduce Bill 94, seeking to place a moratorium on the permitting of large detached dwellings until the enactment of an ordinance or two years after the effective date of this ordinance
  • Nov. 16, 2017 - Bill 94 gets deferred in committee.
  • Dec. 4, 2017- Councilmember Anderson introduces Bill 110, which essentially mirrors Bill 94 (which was deferred in Anderson's committee).
  • Dec. 6, 2017 - Resolution 17-276 was adopted.
  • Jan. 23, 2018 - Bill 110 is heard in the Planning Committee and passed out of committee.
  • Feb. 28, 2018 - Bill 110 passes Third and Final Reading by the Full Council.
  • March 13, 2018 - Bill 110 is signed into law as Ordinance 18-6.

As my colleagues can attest, the current moratorium on monster houses was the result of countless hours of hard work and is the result of a collaborative and concerted effort by members of the Council, the Department of Planning and Permitting, and concerned homeowners like Missy Maii.

Mr. Waters, you don't need to be negative. You can campaign with aloha. And let's debate on how we can move Honolulu forward and offer solutions for our community instead of leveling personal attacks.


A Stew and Rice Dinner at Kamiloiki Elementary School

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A BIG mahalo!

Mahalo for your support and vote in Saturday's Primary Election!

With your overwhelming support, we received almost 12,000 votes and are now headed into the General Election in November!

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Humbled by More Endorsements!

I am humbled that distinguished community leaders like former Governor John D. Waihee, III, former State Representative Barbara Marumoto, Honolulu City Councilmember Ann Kobayashi, legendary football coach Cal Lee, and Honolulu Marathon president Dr. Jim Barahal are all supporting me in my re-election campaign.

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Trevor receives Star-Advertiser's Endorsement

There are 14 candidates vying for four district seats on the Honolulu City Council this year. All of them deserve a close look by voters.

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