HILO, Hawaii – 2016 is an election year, and a rejuvenated political party is hoping to give Democrats and Republicans a run for their money at the polls.
A rally for the Aloha Aina Party was held at Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale in Hilo on January 3. State of Hawaii Elections Board requires 707 qualified signatures on a petition to qualify the Aloha Aina Party for ballot status for the 2016 election.
Organizers say the Aloha Aina was a political party founded in 1997, but it went inactive. In 2015, the Aloha Aina Party was legally registered with the State of Hawaii DCA as Aloha Aina, LLC by its founding members, Desmond Haumea Antone, Pua Ishibashi and Donald Kaulia. The founders were on hand to talk story at Aunty Sally’s (video above).
February 25 is the deadline to form a new political party in Hawaii. So far, the 2016 qualified political parties are the Democratic Party of Hawaii (D), the Green Party of Hawaii (G), Hawaii Independent Party (I), Libertarian Party of Hawaii (L), and the Hawaii Republican Party (R).