Campbell Cavasso

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Campbell Cavasso
Cam Cavasso.jpg
Member of the Hawaii House of Representatives
from the 20th district
In office
January 1985 – January 1991
Preceded by Mazie Hirono
Succeeded by Jackie Young
Personal details
Born (1950-10-14) October 14, 1950 (age 63)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Tula Cavasso
Children 5
Alma mater University of Colorado, Boulder
Website Official website

Campbell Cavasso (commonly known as Cam Cavasso) (born October 14, 1950), is an American politician and businessman. He served three consecutive terms in the Hawaii House of Representatives from January 1985 to January 1991, representing House District 51 in Windward Oahu.[1]

Early life[edit]

Cavasso was born on October 14, 1950 in San Francisco, California, the eldest of three sons (Joseph and David younger brothers) of Leon Cavasso Jr., a coffee broker and salesman, and June Campbell Cavasso, a homemaker, secretary, and daughter of a New Jersey Christian minister and pastor, Charles Henry Campbell, and his wife Elsie Campbell. His paternal great–grandfather, Frank Davey, was a Hawaii adventurer and photographer who served the royalty in the Hawaiian Kingdom in the late 19th Century. Davey's photographs include those of Princess Kaiulani on the steps of her home at Ainahou, Hawaii and the “Lei Makers” in the early years of Honolulu. Davey’s caricature was carried in the Pacific Commercial Advertiser in their edition of June 28, 1902.

Cavasso and his family relocated to Oahu, Hawaii in October 1961, and he graduated from Kailua Elementary School, Kailua Intermediate School, and Kailua High School.

Early adulthood[edit]

Awarded a four-year ROTC scholarship to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in 1973. In his junior year, he spent two semesters as a foreign exchange student at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. Upon graduation from the University of Colorado, he served five years in the United States Army from 1973–78, rising to the rank of Captain.

Cavasso currently resides with Tula, his wife of thirty-two years, and four children and four grandchildren on a small six and one-half acre turf farm in Waimanalo, Hawaii. He is a lay minister in his Christian church and has served as a Bible Study group teacher.

He is also a longtime avid canoe paddler and current steersman for a senior master crew, has paddled for Lanikai, Kailua, and Kai One, and has stated that paddling is “rewarding and fun.”[2]

Cavasso is a 26-year veteran financial advisor with the Mass Mutual Financial Group[citation needed] and the owner of Hydroseed Hawaii, LLC, a small business contracting company specializing in hydromulching.[3]

Political career[edit]

Legislative tenure[edit]

Cavasso was elected to three consecutive terms in the Hawaii State House of Representatives, winning elections in the electoral cycles from 1984-1988.[1] He sought the Republican Party nomination for Lieutenant Governor in 2002, and finished third behind James R. “Duke” Aiona Jr. and media personality Dalton Tanonaka.[4]

2004 U.S. Senate run[edit]

Cavasso won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in 2004 over three challengers, receiving a forty-three percent plurality of the primary vote. He was defeated by incumbent Democrat U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye in the General Election, with Inouye taking 76% of the vote to Cavasso's 21%.[5]

2010 U.S. Senate run[edit]

Cavasso again ran for the Republican Party nomination for the U.S. Senate in 2010. Cavasso won the Republican primary election on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010 with 67% of the vote [AP Story]. He was again defeated by incumbent Daniel Inouye in the general election, with Inouye taking 76% of the vote to Cavasso's 21%.

2014 U.S. Senate run[edit]

Cavasso is currently seeking the Republican nomination for the 2014 U.S. Senate election for the remainder of the term to which Daniel Inouye, who passed away in December 2012, was elected.

Political positions[edit]

Cavasso is a strong supporter of social conservative political positions.[6] He identifies as a constitutional and fiscal conservative and believes that "individuals, not government, are best at solving problems and creating opportunities."[6]


  1. ^ a b "State of Hawaii House of Representatives". State of Hawaii. Retrieved June 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Honolulu Star Bulletin Paddling Article". Retrieved June 14, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Hydroseed Hawaii Website". Retrieved June 14, 2010. 
  4. ^ 2002 "Hawaii Primary Election Results". 
  5. ^ "2004 Senate Election Statistics". CNN. 
  6. ^ a b "Cam Cavasso's Profile". Retrieved June 10, 2010. [dead link]

External links[edit]

Party political offices
Preceded by
Crystal Young
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Hawaii
(Class 2)

2004, 2010, 2014
Most recent