Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama begins a nine-day trip through the Asia-Pacific region Saturday with a stop in Hawaii for a weekend economic conference where he will press for progress on a trans-Pacific free trade agreement.
The administration is taking care to highlight the importance of strong Asia-Pacific relations to the president's efforts to create jobs domestically.
(CNN) - Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle joined the race for the U.S. Senate Tuesday on the GOP side, a race that already counts former state senator John Carroll, who will face Lingle in the Republican primary, as well as Rep. Mazie Hirono, and former Rep. Ed Case, both Democrats.
The two-term former governor announced her bid on local radio in Hawaii.
(CNN) - One day after Democratic Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii announced he would not run for re-election next year, two of the top non-partisan political handicappers say that as of now, the seat remains safe for the Democrats.
Akaka, who's served in the Senate since 1990, announced Wednesday that he would not run for a fourth full term in 2012. He becomes the fifth Democratic senator so far this cycle to announce they would not run for re-election in 2012.
HONOLULU, Hawaii (CNN) – President Obama is giving himself a little more time to recharge his batteries by extending his Hawaiian vacation another day, according to White House spokesperson Bill Burton. He will now return to Washington on Tuesday, January 4, giving him 12 full days on the island of Oahu.
His vacation was initially delayed several days on the front end because of the lame duck session of Congress. The first family arrived on Saturday, December 18, and the president joined them late Wednesday, December 22.
HONOLULU, Hawaii (CNN) - Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie vowed to end the "birther" controversy surrounding President Obama's nationality once and for all.
Abercrombie, a newly-elected Democrat, told CNN that he will do whatever it takes to prove once and for all that Obama was born in Hawaii.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama shook hands with Marines, took pictures, and heard Christmas tales from eager children during a visit to Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
Obama, who is on a family vacation in Kailua Bay, Hawaii, made an unannounced visit to the base on Saturday afternoon. The visit was hardly a surprise - he stopped by the base during his Christmas vacations in 2008 and 2009.
HONOLULU (CNN) - After delaying the start of his Hawaiian vacation because of the lame duck session of Congress, President Obama has decided to extend his trip by a day and will now head back to Washington on January 2, according to sources familiar with the schedule.
Obama was originally planning to leave Hawaii on New Year's Day. Because the start of his vacation was delayed by several days, he has decided to tack an extra day to the tail end of the trip.
(CNN) – No matter what happens to Hawaii's Daniel Inouye tonight in his re-election bid, this just kinda blows you away.
Hawaii has been a state for 51 years. Inouye has been Hawaii's senator for all but three of those 51 years.
Before that, he served as the new state's first congressman.
Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here.
Today's featured district is:
HI 01: Rep. Charles Djou (R) is fighting to keep the seat he won in a special election.
Primary: September 18, 2010
Days until the election: 13
This race is a little quirky. Hawaii's first congressional district, former home to President Barack Obama, longtime Democratic district, but the GOP has a great shot at keeping this seat. Why? Well – a couple reasons: foremost being that this year seems to be the year where the impossible becomes possible in Hawaii politics: a Republican, Charles Djou, won the special election for former Democratic Rep. Neil Abercrombie's seat and now, when Democrat Colleen Hanabusa is trying to take it back, Djou is well-positioned to keep the seat.
(CNN) - After eight years in Republican hands, Hawaii Democrats hope to re-capture the governorship, but first they need to survive a bitter primary.
Saturday voters in the state head to the polls to cast ballots, and the hottest contest appears to be the Democratic gubernatorial battle. Former 11-term Rep. Neil Abercrombie is facing off with former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann in what's turned into a nasty race. The two candidates have a rivalry that dates back more than two decades.
Whoever comes out on top in the Democratic primary is expected to be the favorite in the general election against Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona, the presumptive GOP nominee. The winner in November will succeed term-limited Gov. Linda Lingle, who eight years ago became the first Republican governor of Hawaii in four decades. Democrats dominate elections in the state and President Barack Obama, who grew up in the state, captured 72 percent of the vote in Hawaii in the 2008 presidential election.