Kai Kahele only major candidate running to succeed Gabbard

  • In this April 17 photo, Lt. Col. Kai Kahele, center, helps a C-17 flight crew account for passengers at Kalaeloa Airfield in Kapolei, Oahu. (Senior Airman John Linzmeier/Hawaii National Guard via AP)

HONOLULU — There’s only one major candidate in the race to succeed U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, virtually guaranteeing he will be sworn in as Hawaii’s newest congressman in January.