Sunday, July 12, 2020
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Hawaii’s ‘most unusual political candidate’ vying to be next congressman
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:26 AM :: 2966 Views :: Politicians

Hawaii’s ‘most unusual political candidate’ vying to be next congressman

Photo by Kawika Crowley Kawika Crowley, unabashed advocate for smokers’ rights, free market values

by Malia Zimmerman, Watchdog.org, September 16, 2014

KANEOHE – Kawika Crowley, the Republican running for U.S. House District 2 in November, is quite possibly the state’s most interesting politician in 2014.

The 60-year-old native Hawaiian smokes cigars and fights for smokers’ rights, his home and campaign headquarters are in his 1995 Plymouth Voyager, and in heavily unionized, blue Hawaii, he’s unabashedly an advocate for the free market and conservative causes.

Crowley also is passionate about showing his patriotism, ensuring the U.S. military are honored and the victims of 9-11 aren’t forgotten — he spends the 11th day of each month on the side of the road with signs that remind passersby not to forget the victims of the terrorist attacks.

Crowley says he will give half of his congressional salary to the Wounded Warrior project if he’s elected.

Taking on popular incumbent U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a well-financed war veteran, won’t be easy, but Crowley has just scored a major endorsement from the Maui Chamber of Commerce, something he said will help to kick off his campaign.

Hawaii’s most famous radio broadcaster, Michael W. Perry of KSSK’s Perry & Price Morning Show, has known Crowley through the years, and worked together with him on commercials.

“Kawika is the most unusual political candidate in Hawaii because he does not fit the politician mold at all, but he is very dedicated and a great guy,” Perry said.

While he’s gained notoriety for being homeless, Crowley said he has a “home on wheels”, and plans eventually to return to Hawaii Island and buy a home where housing prices are more affordable that Oahu.

One of his passions is cutting government spending. He said Washington D.C. has become dysfunctional.

“We are at present suffering from a huge epidemic in Washington…it is called ‘obese big government.’ It is a government out of control, drunk on the Kool-Aid of big spending,” Crowley said.

The Affordable Care Act is a “disaster” Crowley said, warning the “VA fiasco and disaster is a microcosm of what is to come with Obamacare.”

“There is one regulation after another affecting every aspect of our lives. And now, for the first time in our country’s 240-year history as a nation, government has mandated that every citizen be forced to purchase a product or face a penalty. If I am elected, you can count on me to do every thing possible to repeal Obamacare,” Crowley said.

One position Crowley takes that’s contrary to most conservatives in the islands, he supports a native Hawaiian sovereignty and the creation of a Hawaiian nation operating within the state.

The proposal originally pushed by the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye has repeated failed in Congress for more than a decade, but the controversial movement continues among some native Hawaiian groups.

“If elected, I will convince both Congress and the president to mandate 200,000 acres towards the new Hawaiian Nation, specifically the South Point region of Hawaii Island. Hawaii Island is made up of 2.5 million acres, much of it barren, sitting unused, especially after the sugar downfall. In 10 to 20 years I see a vibrant nation with trade and financial treaties with dozens of nations across the world. That would be an explosion for the Hawaii economy for years to come.”

Crowley, who beat out a primary opponent in 2014, also ran for Congress in 2012 against Gabbard, and garnered more than 40,000 votes. Before that, in 1991, he made history as the first Hawaii County mayoral candidate to enter the general election as an independent.

At the state Capitol, Crowley has been the driving force for the past six years to undo Hawaii’s strict smoking ban, which he said hurts businesses. He represents over 150 small businesses affiliated with the Hawaii Bar Owners Association.

“We have been trying to push through legislation that would simply allow smoking exemptions for bars requesting one. Nevada just amended their smoking ban, and we are confident Hawaii will do as well, as early as next year,” Crowley said.

Government’s binge on banning must also come to an end, Crowley said.

Crowley was born in Japan and raised on Hawaii Island. He considers himself a dedicated family man and raised three children on his own.

A well-known songwriter and music producer, he’s won numerous awards in the music industry and is best known for writing the well known song Hawaii 78.

He’s currently a “handyman,” but has worked as a teacher, radio and television personality, a stand-up comedian and in the advertising industry.

---30---

Links

TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote

2aHawaii

808 Silent Majority

808 State Update AM940

ABCDEFG Blog

ACA Signups Hawaii

ACCE

ALEC

Alliance Defending Freedom

Aloha Life Advocates

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

American Council of Trustees and Alumni

American Mothers of Hawaii

AMVETS-Hawaii

AntiPlanner

Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Astronomy Hawaii

Audit The Rail

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Better Hawaii 

Blaisdell Memorial Project

Broken Trust 

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

CAFR Hawaii

Castaway Conservative

Children's Alliance Hawaii

Children's Rights Institute

ChinaTownWatch.com

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Citizens for Recall

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

Coffee Break

CSIS Pacific Forum

DAR Hawaii

DeedySupport.com

DVids Hawaii

E Hana Kakou Kelii Akina

E Māua Ola i Moku o Keawe

Farmers For Choice Hawaii

FIRE

Fix Oahu!

Follow the Money Hawaii

Frank in Hawaii

Front Page Magazine

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Get Off Your Butts!

God, Freedom, America

Grassroot Institute

Habele.org

Hawaii Aganst Assisted Suicide

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Credit Union Watch

Hawaii Crime Victims' Rights

Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defending Marriage

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Advocates

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii Firearm Community

Hawaii Fishermen's Alliance

Hawaii Future Project

Hawaii Gathering of Eagles

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii March for Life

Hawaii Meth Project

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Right to Life -- Big Island

Hawaii Right to Life -- Oahu

Hawaii Shield Law Coalition

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together

Heritage Foundation

HI Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

HIEC.Coop 

HiFiCo

Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Homeless Crisis

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

Horns of Jericho Blog

House Minority Blog

House Republican Caucus YouTube

HPACC

Hump Day Report

I Vote Hawaii

If Hawaii News

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

Iowa Meets Maui

Jackson v Abercrombie

Jihad Watch

July 4 in Hawaii

Kahle v New Hope

Kakaako Cares

Kau TEA Party

Kauai Co GOP

Keep Hawaii's Heroes

KeyWiki

Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Malulani Foundation

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Middle East Forum--The Legal Project

Mililani Conservatives for Change

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

Muslim Brotherhood in America

NAMI Hawaii

NARTH

Natatorium.org

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

National Wind Watch

New Hawaiian

New Zeal

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Northwest Economic Policy Seminar

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

Now What I Really Think

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

ObamaCare Abortion Hawaii

Obookiah

OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

OurFutureHawaii.com

Pacific Aviation Museum

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Pritchett Cartoons 

Pro-GMO Hawaii

P.U.E.O.

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Republican Party -- Hawaii State

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

Save Dillingham Airfield

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

SIFE Remington

SIFE W. Oahu 

Sink the Jones Act

Smart About Marijuana--Hawaii

St Marianne Cope

State Budget Solutions Hawaii

State Policy Network

Statehood for Guam

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Harriet Tubman Agenda

The Long War Journal

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

Truth About Trade & Technology - Hawaii

UCC Truths

Union Members Know Your Rights

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

Valor in the Pacific

VAREP Honolulu

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii

Yes2TMT