Halas takes a walk on the Dark Side - An Evening with Andria Tupola

Wailuku, Maui: “Ah she’s back from the dark side,” said my mostly staunchly Democratic friends, when I showed up for coffee with a first hand report on Andria Tupola’s July 25 visit to Maui.

Tupola is this year’s most unlikely candidate, and one of the few with a certain inexplicable and instantaneously recognizable star quality. She’s one of a handful Republican reps in the otherwise all Democratic state house and she’s given up her seat as minority leader representing the state’s poorest districts (House 43 in Waianae/ Nanakuli on Oahu) to run for governor.

Half Samoan, part Hawaiian, a definite maverick and now in a long long long shot trajectory to be Hawaii’s next governor, she is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise dull and dreary slog to November.

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