The public is invited to a candidate forum for candidates for State Senate and State House on Tuesday, September 18 at Kealakehe High School. The forum starts at 6 p.m. sharp, with Kealakehe High School selling food as a fundraiser starting at 5:15 p.m. The public is invited to help Kealakehe High School by taking part in their fundraiser.
Candidates for office include for State Senate District 3, Kona, Senator Josh Green and Jeff La France; for State Senate District 4, North Kona through Waikoloa and Hamakua, Senator Malama Solomon and Kelly Greenwell; for State House District 6, North Kona, Nicole Lowen and Roy Ebert; and for State House District 5, South Kona and Ka’u, Rep. Denny Coffman and Dave Bateman.
The moderator is Sherry Bracken of Mahalo Broadcasting (LAVA 105 and KKOA) and Hawaii Public Radio.
The forum is sponsored by Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, Kohala Coast Resort Association, Hawaii Island Board of Realtors, Kealakehe High School, Mahalo Broadcasting/LAVA 105 radio, the online news site hawaii247.com, West Hawaii Today, Kealakehe High School, and Rotary of Kona.
It will also air live on LAVA 105.3 fm on Tuesday, September 18, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The public may submit questions to email@example.com
The sponsoring organizations have set a forum for Sunday, September 23, for U. S. Senate and U. S. House, at 2 p.m. at Kealakehe High. Governor Linda Lingle, who is running for the U. S. Senate seat, agreed long ago to participate. Congresswoman Mazie Hirono has not yet responded to the invitation despite several followups.
Other candidate forums coming up in this series include a Mayor and County Prosecutor Forum on Monday, October 1, at 6 p.m. at Kealakehe High. Incumbent Mayor Billy Kenoi and his challenger, former Mayor Harry Kim, and prosecutor candidates Lincoln Ashida and Mitch Roth will take part.
On Monday, October 8, the County Council Candidates for District 6 (South Kona to Volcano), Council Member Brenda Ford and Maile David, and for District 9 (Waikoloa through Kohala), Sonny Shimaoka and Margaret Wille, will meet at 6 p.m. at Kealakehe High.
The forums will be preceded by food sales as a fundraiser for Kealakehe High starting at 5:15 a.m., which the public is encouraged to support. The forums will air live on LAVA 105. 3 f.m. radio from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. There will also be filming for later broadcast on KLEI TV Channel 6.