Hawaii Republicans gathered Saturday for their annual convention excited about their prospects in this year’s elections.
New party chair Pat Saiki touted traditional Republican ideals in addressing the crowd.
“We want liberty, we want limited government…fiscal accountability and equality of opportunity, that’s the mantra,” Saiki said.
Congressional candidate and former city councilmember Charles Djou also addressed the crowd.
"Too much politics today is based on political optics, trying to score quick, cheap political points; not focusing on what’s really troubling average citizens in the country,” Djou said.
Former Lt. Gov. James “Duke” Aiona told a packed Koolau ballroom that, “before we can create the Hawaii of tomorrow we must focus on the now.”
Aiona has previously said he is interested in running for governor again. He lost to Neil Abercrombie four years ago. He has called a news conference for Monday to talk about his plans.