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Upcoming candidate forums


Elections for many of Hawaii’s federal, state and county offices will take place this year, including a Special Election for the office of one of Hawaii’s U.S. Senators.

The Primary Election is Saturday, Aug. 9 and the General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Some of the races may be decided in the Primary Election.

This year Big Island voters will cast their ballots for the following races:

* U.S. Senate

* U.S. House District 2

* Governor

* Lt. Governor

* State Senate

* State House

* Hawaii County Council

* OHA Trustee

The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, along with sponsors Kohala Coast Resort Association, Hawaii Island Realtors, West Hawaii Association of Realtors and West Hawaii Today, will host two candidate forums in July.

A State House (Districts 6 & 7) and Senate (Districts 3 & 4) Candidate Forum is 6-8 p.m. July 22 at Kealakehe High School.

On July 29, KKCC will hold a Governor/Lt. Governor candidate forum. The Governor forum will host only Democratic candidates and the others will be invited to a forum for the General election.

This forum will take place at Kealakehe High School with Lt. Governor candidates 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. and Governor candidates 6:30 – 8 p.m.

For more information, contact the Chamber office at 329-1758 or email

Democratic Governor Candidates, Waimea School

* 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 23

Governor Neil Abercrombie and Senator David Ige, the leading candidates in the Primary race for governor, will appear side by side for the first time on Hawaii Island on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The two veteran Democrats will field questions at an evening Gubernatorial Forum from 5-7 p.m. at the Waimea School cafeteria.

Everyone is invited to the free community event. It is the only gubernatorial forum scheduled on Hawai’i Island before the start of walk-in absentee voting on July 28.

There is keen interest in the forum, as the incumbent Governor and his State Senate challenger are locked in a tight Primary race.

The candidate forum is sponsored by the Waimea Community Association. Other co-hosts include Waimea’s Lalamilo Farmers, Friends of the Future, Tutu’s House, Malaai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School, North Hawaii Rotary, Parker School, Waimea Town Market, Waimea Preservation Association, Coqui Free Waimea, Habitat for Humanity – West Hawaii and Waimea Middle School.

The forum will be moderated by Hawaii Island newswoman Sherry Bracken. She reports regularly on Big Island news and issues for statewide Hawaii Public Radio. Bracken is also the Public Affairs Director for Mahalo Broadcasting and host of their Sunday interview show “Island Issues” for LAVA 105.3fm and KKOA 107.7fm.

Questions for the forum will primarily address issues impacting Hawaii Island and will come from the co-sponsoring groups.

The community is also invited to submit questions before 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 23. Questions may be emailed to Due to time constraints, not all questions will be addressed.

The forum will be taped by Big Island Video News and Na Leo O Hawaii Community Television for later viewing.

Both candidates have been invited to bring candidate literature to share with the public. However, no candidate signs or banners are permitted as the forum is a voter education event, not a rally.

As always at WCA Town Meetings, complimentary hot coffee will be provided by Starbucks and snacks will be provided by sponsoring groups. Also as usual, attendees are urged to support the Waimea Food Pantry with donations. Cash, checks or non-perishable foods are welcome and receipts will be available.

For more information, go to, or call WCA President Sherman Warner (885-1725) or Patti Cook (937-2833).

Abercrombie and Ige to Face Off in Debates in Hilo and Kona

AARP Hawaii will sponsor separate debates between Gov. Neil Abercrombie and state Sen. David Ige at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel on Monday, July 28 (9:30 – 11:30 a.m.) and the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel on Tuesday, July 29 (9:30 – 11:30 a.m.).

The Hawaii Island debates are among several issue forums AARP is planning for this election season to inform its members and the general public of where candidates stand on issues that impact their lives.

The debates will focus on issues of importance to older voters – including health care, retirement security, jobs, support for family caregiving, and long-term care.

The format will allow candidates to question one another directly; some questions will also be taken from the audience.

The debate will be moderated by University of Hawaii Associate Professor of Journalism Gerald Kato.

Both gubernatorial debates will be featured in the second half of a two-part event that begins with a discussion of the future of Social Security and an update on AARP’s state legislative priorities (9:30 – 10:30 a.m.). The debate will follow this discussion and last for about an hour (10:30 – 11:30 a.m.).

The events are open to the public but registration is required: online or toll-free 1-877-926-8300.

* July 28 (9:30 – 11:30 a.m.) Hilo Hawaiian Hotel –

* July 29 (9:30 – 11:30 a.m.) King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel –

For further information, visit:

Waikoloa Village

* 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 31

A “Candidates Forum” for State Senate race, District 4 and County Council race, District 9 will be held on Thursday, July 31 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Waikoloa School cafeteria.

The candidates for State Senate District 4 are Malama Solomon, Lorraine Inouye and Alain Schiller.

The candidates for County Council are Margaret Wille, Sonny Shimaoka and Ron Gonzales.

Light refreshments will be available.

This is a free public event and sponsors are Waikoloa Village Association, FL-WR (Friends of the Library – Waikoloa Region), Waikoloa Senior Center, and Waikoloa Community Development Corporation.

For more information, contact Lisa Yee at or 883-9377.

Hilo Downtown Improvement Association

* 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 1

Candidate Forum for County Council District 2 at Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art (formerly East Hawaii Cultural Center)- Upstairs Theater 141 Kalakaua Street, Hilo.

Free to the public.

Candidates: Aaron Chung, Shane Gali, Margarita (Dayday) Hopkins and
Kerri Marks.

Coffee and Chocolate for Sale by Hilo Shark’s Coffee Shop.

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