Hawaii’s Republicans rally for upcoming primary election

Republicans gathered in Kaneohe for Saturday's state convention.

Hawaii’s Republican party held its state convention Saturday at the Koolau Ballrooms and Convention Center in Kaneohe.

The “Back to Basics” themed gathering was filled with motivational speeches and rallies with the candidates.

“We are looking to provide a strong opposition to the current power that exists,” said party Chairwoman Pat Saiki, “for the people of the state to take things seriously about having a two-party system. One dominant party (like the Democrats) can get to be rather arrogant on their part after 60 years.”

Saiki, gubernatorial candidate Duke Aiona, and Congressional candidate Charles Djou gave keynote addresses to an estimated 300 attendees.

The Democratic Party of Hawaii is holding its convention next weekend at the Sheraton Waikiki.

The Hawaii state primary election is set for August 9.

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