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Happenings in Hilo on election eve

Karin Stanton | Hawaii 24/7 Editor

The evening before the General Election drew some of the big guns to Hilo.

In its traditional election eve rally, stars of the state Democratic Party turned out for a two-hour rally at Mooheau Park Bandstand.

Meanwhile, across the street, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Lynn Finnegan rallied supporters and waved signs under a typical misty Hilo sky.

Among the Democrats on hand were gubernatorial candidate Neil Abercrombie and his running mate Brian Schatz; U.S Sens. Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka, U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono, Mayor Billy Kenoi and former Gov. John Waihee.

With the last-chance rallies now over, all that’s left is getting out the vote.

Polling places open at 7 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.

To avoid long lines at the polls, vote during non-peak hours:
* 9:30-11 a.m.
* 1-4 p.m.

Hawaii law allows voters two hours of time away from work to vote.

Sen. Dan Inouye, his wife Irene, Sen. Dan Akaka, Neil Abercombie and Rep. Mazie Hirono stand during the start of Monday night's General Election Grand Rally held at Hilo's Mooheau Bandstand. (Hawaii 24/7 photo special by Tim Wright)

Senator Daniel Akaka, Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi and former Governor John Waihee listen to a speaker Monday night at the rally. (Hawaii 24/7 photo special by Tim Wright)

Lynn Finnegan waves to drivers Monday evening in Hilo. (Photo courtesy of Aiona/Finnegan Campaign)

Lynn Finnegan and supporters rally Monday evening in Hilo. (Photo courtesy of Aiona/Finnegan Campaign)

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