Voter apathy is very prevalent, especially in Hawaii. These politicians get elected because many Hawaii voters don't care enough yet they are quick to grumble and complain. It's a vicious and horrible cycle.
The worst is the voter who selects a "D" or "R" or any other party affiliate and don't even look at, know, or research the name alongside of it.
Or the voters who are too lazy and trust their organizations and unions to do the selections for them.
Many politicians get elected because people simply don't vote. They feel their vote doesn't count. And now with all the hoopla about the 2020 election, the integrity, transparency, and the faith of fair and honorable elections got thrown out the door.