|Ernest Caravalho||D||Y||5||I support holding a state constitutional convention at this time because I believe that we must make amendments to the constitution that are favorable to all the people of Hawaii. I believe that a convention would benefit the people, especially the Kanaka Maoli.
There are many issues that are not being addressed properly at the federal level, which means the state needs to step up and be the new standard bearer. Technology, security, privacy, and data are huge issues that should be ingrained in stone that need to be addressed. And, there are provisions that need to be amended within that have no enforcement authority designated, which empowers those that can, to just ignore their duty without repercussions.
In the end, we can not allow our fear of those who are corrupt and in power to hold us back from doing what needs to be done right here, right now, in this moment in time.
|Colleen Hanabusa||D||N||2||Hawaii’s constitution provides for a constitutional convention question if one has not been on the ballot for nine years in a row, thus 2018. Since statehood, constitutional conventions have occurred in Hawaii in 1968 and 1978. The key is for Hawaii’s voters to be informed on the significance of a constitutional convention and the process involved, as what would be voted on would be decided by delegates elected prior to the convention.
Since I believe constitutions are living documents, I understand the desire by those who believe there is a need to periodically reform the document that serves as the foundation for our state government and its relationship with our citizens. However, I personally do not see the present need and, as such, I do not intend to support a constitutional convention in 2018.
Having said that, I support the will of Hawaii’s people and respect those who believe that periodic consideration of amending our constitution are healthy opportunities to make sure our constitution reflects our culture, values and preferred governance. In either case, I am committed to an informed discussion on proposed changes to our constitution, if any, and I will share my thoughts openly.
|David Ige||Incumbent||D||Y||4||I will certainly support the determination of voters and personally believe the people of Hawaii should come together to have thoughtful discussions on the issues of our time in a way that only a constitutional convention will permit. Hawaii is fortunate to have a good, progressive state constitution that has generally served us well.
Our constitution embodies caring for all people, provides important rights, and recognizes the importance of our host culture, the need to protect and conserve our natural resources, and provide for quality education. However, in an era where public discourse is reaching new lows and some look to politics to make personal gains and cater to private interests, it is time to consider whether improvements can be made that will help ensure transparency and integrity in all branches of government.
|Wendell Ka’ehu’ae’a||D||P||3||At this point, make corrections to our state system now, before we create another delay in our “No growth Hawai’i.|
|Ray L’Heureux||R||Y||5||I absolutely support a state constitutional convention. Why? Why not! Our state constitution is very young. Amendments and re-examination with checks and balances are critical to democracy and proper governance. An example of that would be the change/amendment in 2010 that made the governor’s office responsible and accountable for the delivery of public education. It provided for the governor to appoint a school board rather than we the people elect a school board.
This model works for Hawaii because of the nature of our state-run district. My concern would be that caucuses from both parties would need to engage and bring sound referendum to the public to either approve or disapprove by our vote. There has been apathy in the past in doing so. If our government is not totally represented at the convention, then it really isn’t a constitutional convention.
|Andria Tupola||R||N||1||I strongly advocate for allowing the people’s voices to be heard through the legislative process and to work on improving the current process. However, we should be concerned about the costs of a constitutional convention and the specifics of the process.
In 1978, the constitutional convention cost $2.6 million dollars for travel costs for the delegates, salary, per diem, office support costs to the Legislative Reference Bureau, and more. The cost for a constitutional convention in 2018 would be much higher and comes at a time when our state is in financial chaos.
Since the constitutional convention process is very similar to the legislative process, I would suggest as an alternative to a constitutional convention that we increase the transparency and access to the legislative session by allowing remote video testimony for our neighbor island and rural residents, giving the public increased insight to laws and bills through video recap and commentary after sessions, and taking significant steps to make it easier for all residents to participate and be heard in the lawmaking process.
|James Brewer||G||N||1||We oppose holding another con con now. The last con con was constructive because it was held at a time when people were engaged in the community and advocating for many good issues. It was the time of the civil rights movement, Hawaiian sovereignty, zero population growth, the women’s movement, etc.
But today, we live in the age of Trump and total corporate domination; where Wall Street owns Washington, D.C. Now is a dangerous time when corporate lobbyists on K Street in Washington, D.C. and Bishop Street in Honolulu write bills for politicians aimed at enhancing their almost tax-free, corporate bottom lines and making the ordinary citizen pay for it in higher-and-higher-taxes ways.
And, when Big Money funds movements to harm and do away with many protections to our environment, the social safety net, our democracy, etc.
The corporate fight-back against “New Deal decent wages” included, for instance, subverting the women’s liberation movement so that today it now takes two, instead of one, 40-hour-per-week paycheck to just to get by! Originally, paychecks also included money for savings accounts.
It would be extremely dangerous to have a Con-Con in this environment.