The HGP qualified for the ballot in May 1992, one of the earliest state Green Parties to do so.
In November 1992, Keiko Bonk was elected to a seat on the Big Island Hawaii County Council, the first Green to be elected in a partisan race in the United States. She was re-elected in 1994, then stepped down to run unsuccessfully for Island Mayor in 1996.
In November 1998, Julie Jacobson was elected to Bonk's old seat on the Big Island, which she held upon re-election in 2000. When she decided not to run in 2002, her husband Bob Jacobson ran and was elected, then re-elected again in 2004 and 2006.