Blangiardi and Amemiya advance to general election for Honolulu Mayor

Election 2020

HONOLULU, Hawaii (KHON2) – The race for Honolulu Mayor is on Saturday as a unique Primary Election Day takes place.

[Hawaii news on the go–LISTEN to KHON 2GO weekday mornings at 7:30 a.m.]

2020 is the first year Hawaii is holding an all mail-in election due to COVID-19 safety precautions.

Here are the candidates for Honolulu Mayor in the 2020 Primary Election:

HONOLULU MAYORAMEMIYA, KeithNONPARTISAN SPECIALPRIMARY
HONOLULU MAYORBLANGIARDI, RickNONPARTISAN SPECIALPRIMARY
HONOLULU MAYORBOURGOIN, David (Duke)NONPARTISAN SPECIALPRIMARY
HONOLULU MAYORCARAVALHO, ErnestNONPARTISAN SPECIALPRIMARY
HONOLULU MAYORCARROLL, JohnNONPARTISAN SPECIALPRIMARY
HONOLULU MAYORDICKS, Karl O.NONPARTISAN SPECIALPRIMARY
HONOLULU MAYORGARRY, TimNONPARTISAN SPECIALPRIMARY
HONOLULU MAYORHANABUSA, ColleenNONPARTISAN SPECIALPRIMARY
HONOLULU MAYORHANNEMANN, MufiNONPARTISAN SPECIALPRIMARY
HONOLULU MAYORJAMES, ChoonNONPARTISAN SPECIALPRIMARY
HONOLULU MAYORKEESING, AudreyNONPARTISAN SPECIALPRIMARY
HONOLULU MAYORMUSSELL, Micah LaakeaNONPARTISAN SPECIALPRIMARY
HONOLULU MAYORPINE, Kym MarcosNONPARTISAN SPECIALPRIMARY
HONOLULU MAYORSTONEBRAKER, William (Bud)NONPARTISAN SPECIALPRIMARY
HONOLULU MAYORWONG, Ho Yin (Jason)NONPARTISAN SPECIALPRIMARY

10 p.m. update: After the 10 p.m. printout, Rick Blangiardi maintains the lead in the race for Honolulu Mayor.

Keith Amemiya maintains a lead over Colleen Hanabusa of about 5,000 votes for the number two spot needed to advance to the general election.

In a live interview, Keith Amemiya tells KHON2’s Howard Dashefsky that he is pleased with the results and says he’ll continue to push forward with his campaign.

Kym Pine, who finished in fourth in mayoral voting with 36,591 votes, tells KHON2’s Max Rodriguez that she believes she has “shown a new generation of leadership is strong.” She also says she thanks everyone that casted a vote for her.

7 p.m. printout: Rick Blangiardi is the early leader for the Honolulu mayoral vote with 63,056 votes after the first printout.

Blangiardi tells our Joe Moore on our live results show that he is “very encouraged in the moment, especially very grateful.”

Keith Amemiya is in second with 50,784 votes.

Amemiya campaign spokesperson Malia Kaaihue tells KHON2’s Jenn Boneza that he is at home celebrating and spending time with his family. Kaaihue emphasized that Amemiya is a family man.

Colleen Hanabusa is in third at 45,666 votes.

Despite being over 5,000 votes behind Keith Amemiya to advance to the general election, Colleen Hanabusa tells Joe Moore during the live election show that she is confident she will advance.

VIDEO: Former Honolulu Mayor and President and CEO of the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association, Mufi Hannemann, released this statement after the first printout:

“I entered the race for mayor because of the devastating and far-reaching impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our people and our economy. It was my hope that an experienced hand at the helm of the City government would better enable us to control the pandemic, enable people to safely return to work, and revitalize our economy.

“I was deeply touched and moved by the support I received from countless people who encouraged me to return to City Hall.

“But contrary to that message, it appears that the voters of the City and County of Honolulu were seeking a fresh face at City Hall.  Whomever is elected mayor will face a very tough task. I stand ready to assist that person in the difficult tasks that await.

“I will continue to serve the people of Honolulu through my position with the Hawai`i Lodging & Tourism Association, doing whatever I can to help restore our economy, and will work collaboratively with the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and all our Mayors in this endeavor.”

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