Just in time for the election season, we are pleased to unveil the apps produced from the Civic*Celerator competition! Our goal is to equip voters with tools to help them understand who is funding political campaigns. Listed below–in no particular order– are brief descriptions of the apps and their links.  We look forward to your feedback.

APP LIST (quick links):

For more details on each app see APP PROFILES (below).  The full listing of Beta apps can found at the end of this post.

Candidate filing information:

Precincts Map/Power Ballot:

Hawaii Campaign Spending Data:

Funding a Hawaii State Legislature Race:  (new url) a Search Application for the Hawaii State Campaign Spending Commission Contributions Database:


RoyceTitle:  Candidate Filing Information

Team Leader:  Royce Jones

Description:  Combines The Office of Elections’ candidate filing data and the Campaign Spending Commission’s campaign finance data in a web map application.


Title:  Precincts Map/Power Ballot

Team Leader:  Royce Jones

Description:  Allows users to find their voting precincts and see which offices will be on their ballot.  Also provides a link to the “Funding a Hawaii State Legislature Race” app. New Feature: Power Ballot. Once you find your voting location, you can use the Power Ballot, which is an interactive ballot where you can find information about candidates and ballot initiatives in one convenient place.



JasonTitle:  Hawaii Campaign Spending Data

Team Leader:  Jason Axelson

Team Members:  Jill Misawa, Kyle Oba

Description:  Provides voters and the general public with an intuitive view of how Hawaii lawmakers are utilizing their campaign funds.


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Funding a Hawaii State Legislature Race

Team Leader:  Ben Trevino

Team Members:  David Wang, Alex Bergo, Viil Liid

Description:  Provides a detailed look at contributions made to each legislative race for the last 4 election periods. The app visually organizes the contribution and fundraiser data on a timeline and also groups contributions by contributor type.

Link:  (new url)


RichTitle: a Search Application for the Hawaii State Campaign Spending Commission Contributions Database

Team Leader:  Rich Halverson

Team Members:  Davis Kurihara-Nakasu, UH Shidler’s ITM 352 class and the ITMA Club

Description: is a website that provides a search interface to the contributions portion of the Hawaii state campaign commission database. It aggregates both individual and noncandidate committee donor history by candidate and election period, and provides several different search forms and output choices.



To view Beta Apps, click here.

Civic*Celerator is the first program of its kind in the country and we need you to help make it a success.  Please share these apps to help us get the word out and ensure that programs such as these will continue.

Civic*Celerator is brought to you in partnership by: Common Cause Hawaii & Hawaii Open Data, and is generously funded by Voqual.



10 thoughts on “Apps

  1. The graphical info on the Campaign spending is great, but it would be greatly improved by including the DATE upon which the data is derived, e.g., “Up to June 1, 2014”.
    Would it be possible to also include not just the category of spending for each candidate, but also the overall total spending. as a separate graphic?

  2. How can I find out WHO the big donors are to the candidates, like to Stanley Chang for Congress? He’s not that well-known, yet he raised the 2nd most, after Donna Kim. Also, why do candidates have “return to donor” as expenditures? Why did they have to return? MAHALO.

    • Thanks for the feedback. The apps here are focused on state candidates using data from the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission. Those like Stanley Chang and Donna Kim, are running for federal office and therefore follow different finance regulations and reporting requirements regulated by the Federal Election Commission (FEC). You can look up the FEC’s reports here: As for “return to donor”, it could be for a variety of reasons, however reasons are not required in reports and our guess would be as good as yours. Hope this helps.

  3. I really appreciate this effort. I am a 46-year Kamaaina who has followed political intrigue ever since the (in my opinion) scurrilous campaign against U.S. Congressman Cec Heftel to the failed effort of Honolulu City Prosecutor Charles Marsland to investigate the drug-related murder/assassination of his own son, to the embarrassing smuggling effort that brought former Governor George Arioshi into disrepute, to the shenanigans surrounding the several decade efforts–apparently now successful–to rip off the public with a rail system no local experts support and former Governor Ben Cayatano–himself subject to a smear campaign rivaling that against Heftel–and UH Law School Professor Randy Roth are suing the City over. Perhaps information of this nature will enable more timely warnings the public to vote for better representatives. Hopefully the public pays attention!

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