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Kona Chamber hosts House, Senate forum (July 16)


The public is invited to a moderated candidate forum on Monday, July 16, for candidates for United States House and United States Senate.

The forum starts earlier then usual, at 5:30 p.m., at Kealakehe High School Cafeteria.

The Kealakehe High Yearbook Team will sell food (chili-rice-hot dogs-vegetarian option-rice) starting at 5 p.m.

The candidates who have confirmed their attendance for United States House of Representatives include Tulsi Gabbard, Mufi Hannemann, Esther Kia’aina and Bob Marx, who are running in the Democratic Primary, and will face one of two Republican challenges in the General Election.

The candidates for U.S. Senate who have confirmed include former Congressman Ed Case, attorney John Carroll and Pahoa resident Charles Collins.

Congressman Case’s major opponent in the Democratic Primary is Congresswoman Mazie Hirono; although Hirono declined to participate in this and all other forums on Hawaii Island, the invitation remains open and if she decides to participate, she will be welcome.

Sherry Bracken (LAVA 105, KKOA, Hawaii Public Radio) will moderate the forum, which is sponsored by the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, the Kohala Coast Resort Association, the Hawaii Island Board of Realtors, Rotary of Kona, West Hawaii Today, LAVA 105.3 fm/Mahalo Broadcasting, the online news web site Hawaii 24/7, and Kealakehe High.

Submit questions via email to or via fax at 769-5050.

The forum will all also be carried live on the radio on LAVA 105.3 fm, and will be broadcast on KLEI TV Channel 6 on the Tuesday evening following the forum.

The final forum in this year’s pre-primary series of forums sponsored by these community organizations is 6 p.m. Monday, July 23 at Kealakehe High School with candidates for County Council District 6, Ka’u through South Kona (Maile David, Brenda Ford, Lee McIntosh, and Bradley Westervelt), District 7, South to Central Kona (Dru Kanuha), and District 8, North Kona (Karen Eoff, Charles Guccione).

Food sales will start at 5:15 p.m. and the forum will be carried live on LAVA 105.3 fm radio.

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