Campaign Announcement


Kahului, HI - Kauanoe Batangan, a former congressional aide, announced today that he is seeking the Democratic nomination for the Hawaiʻi House of Representatives, District 9.

“I love this community, I believe in our potential, and I want to help build a better Hawaiʻi,” Batangan said. “This campaign is committed to better understanding the different points of view that inform our political decisions, with the goal of bringing people together. It’s about restoring principles to our politics, renewing our sense of common purpose, and realizing the promise of our future.”

Batangan is a lifelong public servant. He first gained government experience serving as an aide to Senator Daniel Akaka and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. Working in the United States Capitol taught him the importance of having public officials who understand our local values and culture. That inspired him to found the Native Hawaiian Congressional Fellowship, a program to ensure Native Hawaiians are represented and engaged in federal policymaking.

Batangan most recently worked as a long-term substitute teacher at his alma mater, Kamehameha Schools Maui, teaching 9th grade English. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stanford University, a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University, and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Tokyo.

Batangan is an active member of the Maui community. He currently serves as a board member for both the Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce and the Tri-Isle Resource Conservation and Development Council, and is also a subcommittee chair for the Maui Matsuri Japanese Festival.

Batangan lives in Kahului with his grandmother, parents, and siblings. His upbringing and family background reflect the history and diversity of Hawaiʻi: one of his grandfathers is Native Hawaiian while the other immigrated as a 1946 sakada; his mother is an elementary school teacher and his father works as an x-ray technician; his extended ʻohana includes small-business owners, artists, civil servants, and veterans who contribute to the richness of the islands’ community.

The Democratic primary election will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018. House District 9 includes Kahului, Puʻunene, Old Sand Hills, and Maui Lani.