There are a number of upcoming candidate debates and forums at which the public may learn about their candidates in more detail:
Monday, October 1, North Kohala Senior Citizens Non-Partisan Candidate Forum: 9 a.m., Kohala Senior Citizens Center (old courthouse in Kapa’au). All candidates for this area have been invited including federal, state and county races and most have accepted. Info: Michael Sumja, coordinator and moderator (987-2653).
Monday, October 1, Mayor Candidates and County Prosecutor Candidates, 6 p.m. til 8:15 p.m., Kealakehe High School Cafeteria and broadcast live on LAVA 105.3 fm. Candidates for Mayor, Mayor Billy Kenoi and former Mayor Harry Kim, for Prosecutor, Lincoln Ashida and Mitch Roth. Food sales by Kealakehe High Principal Wil Murakami and School Community Council at 5:15 p.m. featuring Chinese Chicken Salad and homemade cookies. Moderator: Sherry Bracken
Thursday, October 4, State House District 5 Candidates, 7 p.m. til 8 p.m., Konawaena Elementary School Cafeteria. Candidates Dave Bateman, Denny Coffman. Moderator: Virginia Isbell **Note New Time!
Friday, October 5, Mayor and County Council Candidates, Waikoloa School Cafeteria, Confirmed: Billy Kenoi and Harry Kim, Sonny Shimaoka and Margaret Wille. 6 p.m. Moderator: Noa Lincoln
Monday, October 8, County Council Candidates, 6 p.m. til 8 p.m., Kealakehe High School Cafeteria and broadcast live on LAVA 105.3 fm, for District 5, South Kona to Ka’u: candidates Maile David, Brenda Ford, and Candidates for District 9, Waikoloa through Waimea and North Kohala; candidates Sonny Shimaoka and Margaret Wille. Food sales by Kealakehe High at 5:15 p.m. Moderator: Sherry Bracken
Monday, October 8, televised debate between U. S. Senate Candidates Mazie Hirono and Linda Lingle, 7 p.m., KHON 2.
Wednesday, October 10, U. S. Senate, Mayor, County Council District 9, Waimea School Cafeteria, confirmed: Linda Lingle (Mazie Hirono has been invited but has neither declined nor accepted), Billy Kenoi and Harry Kim, Sonny Shimaoka and Margaret Wille. 5:15 p.m. Moderator: Sherry Bracken
Thursday, October 11, Mayor Candidates Billy Kenoi and Harry Kim will be guests on the PBS Hawaii program Insights. Channel 10 on Hawaii Island if you have Oceanic Cablevision, starts at 8 p.m. Moderator: Dan Boylan
Monday, October 15, State Representative District 3 and County Prosecuting Attorney, 5:30 p.m. at Volcano’s Cooper Center; State House Candidates Fred Fogel, Marlene Hapai, Richard Onishi; Prosecuting Attorney Candidates Lincoln Ashida, Mitch Roth. Moderator: Dr. Todd Belt, UH Hilo Political Science Professor
Tuesday, October 16, televised debate U. S. Senate Candidates Mazie Hirono and Linda Lingle on KITV Channel 4, 8 p.m.
Thursday, October 18, televised debate, U. S. Senate Candidates Mazie Hirono and Linda Lingle, on PBS Hawaii Insights, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Moderator: Dan Boylan
Monday, October 22, Hawaii County Council District 6, 6 p.m. at Volcano’s Cooper Center; Candidates Maile David, Brenda Ford. Moderator: Erica Johnson, C0-President of American Association of University Women
Monday, October 22, televised debate U. S. Senate Candidates Mazie Hirono and Linda Lingle, 6:30 p.m., Hawaii News Now: KGMB 9, KHNL 8, KFVE 5
Walk in absentee voting, available to any registered voter, begins Tuesday, October 23. Election day is Tuesday, November 6.