Public Invited to Candidate Forums in Kona During July

The public is invited to several candidate forums sponsored by local organizations in Kona during July.


Monday, July 9, 6 p.m., a moderated forum for the Mayor candidates and the County Prosecutor candidates.  The forum is at Kealakehe High School Cafeteria at 6 p.m, with food sales by the Kealakehe High Yearbook, starting at 5:15 (the public is encouraged to support the the school’s yearbook by enjoying dinner at the forum).

The Mayor candidates who are confirmed are incumbent Mayor Billy Kenoi, who is seeking a second term; former Mayor Harry Kim, who’s seeking to return to public life after 8 years as Mayor and four years of retirement; County Council Chair Dominic Yagong, who has represented Hamakua on the County Council for 12 years, and Share Christie, wife of the incarcerated “Marijuana Minister” Roger Christie.  The County Prosecutor Candidates are Lincoln Ashida, Mitchell Roth, and Paul Dolan.

Monday, July 16, 5:30 p.m., (note earlier time)  Kealakehe High School Cafeteria, a moderated forum for United States Senate Candidates and U. S. House Candidates.  For U S. Senate, the candidates are former Congressman Ed Case and attorney John Carroll and Pahoa resident Charles Collins.  Note: Congresswoman Mazie Hirono has declined this and all other forums on Hawaii Island.  The U.S. House Candidates Tulsi Gabbard, Mufi Hannemann, Esther Kia’aina and Bob Marx will be on stage.    The Kealakehe High Yearbook team will sell food starting at 5, and we encourage support.

Monday, July 23, 6 p.m., Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, Kealakehe High School Cafeteria, a moderated forum for County Council Candidates for Council District 6 (South Kona-Ka’u; Brenda Ford, Maile David, Bradley Westervelt, and Lee Mcintosh), District 7 (Kainaliu to Kailua Village; Dru Kanuha), District 8 (North Kona; Karen Eoff and Charles Guccione).  The Kealakehe High Yearbook team will sell food starting at 5:15, and we encourage support.

Sherry Bracken (LAVA 105, KKOA, Hawaii Public Radio) will moderate the forums, which  are 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, and Kealakehe High.

Submit questions for any of the forums via email to or via fax at 769-5050.  The forums 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. Na Leo ‘O Hawaii Public Access Television will also film for later broadcast.

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