Interested in the Honolulu Mayor race? KITV, the ABC affiliate in Honolulu, is hosting a debate tonight,Wednesday, July 11, in conjunction with the online newspaper Civil Beat. However, KITV is no longer being carried on Oceanic Cablevision anywhere in the state. Hawaii News Now is taking an unprecedented move, in airing its competitor’s debate since KITV is no longer on the air.
Kirk Caldwell, Ben Cayetano, and Peter Carlisle will meet at 7 p.m. Hawaii News Now General Manager Rick Blangiardi says he knows a lot is hanging in the balance in the very heated contest, and he said the Hawaii News Now goal is to make sure people in Honolulu (or throughout the state) can see the debate. It starts at 7 p.m. and goes until 8:30, and will be on KHNL 8, KGMB 7 and KFVE 5.
Hawaii News Now stations will air their own debate for candidates for U. S. Congress on Thursday at 6:30, with candidates Tulsi Gabbard, Mufi Hannemann, Esther Kia’aina, and Bob Marx. Those same candidates will take part in a moderated candidate forum here on Hawaii Island at Kealakehe High School on Monday, July 16, starting at 5:30 p.m., with Mahalo Broadcasting’s and HPR’s Sherry Bracken moderating the forum. The forum will include not only some general questions, but questions pertinent to Hawaii Island businesses and residents. The Monday evening forum begins with food sales by the Kealakehe High Yearbook Team at 5 p.m. and will start promptly at 5:30 p.m. and be carried live on LAVA 105.3 fm radio, islandwide on Hawaii Island. You may also find it online at tunein.com, click on “local stations” and find LAVA 105.3 fm.