Big Island Mayoral Debate October 16th – Public Invited

The public is invited to a debate between mayoral candidates Angel Pilago and Billy Kenoi on Thursday, October 16, starting at 6 pm at Kealakehe High School Cafeteria. The questions asked of the candidates will be intended to help the audience determine which of these men has the background, experience, education, willingness, leadership skills, and capability to lead our county through challenging times. Moderator Sherry Bracken (of Hawaii Public Radio and host of Island Issues on LAVA 105.3 FM and KKOA 107.7 FM) will ask the questions, some of which will be in debate format. The candidates will be given the opportunity to respond to their opponents’ statements and rebut those responses for some of the questions.

Starting at 5pm, the Kealakehe High Culinary Arts students, who won the island competition and went to the state competition last year, will offer their special lasagnas (vegetarian and non-vegetarian), plus foccacia bread – proceeds will go into a nonprofit fund to send them to the state competition again. They’ll also sell water. Helpful, but not mandatory: please let them know if you plan to eat by calling Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce, 329-1758. For those not able to be part of the live audience, the debate will also air live islandwide on LAVA 105.3 FM and online at starting at 6 p.m.

Following the Mayor Debate, there will be a review of the reasons to vote for or against having a Constitutional Convention, an item on the November 4 ballot. Mark Spengler from Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce will be speaking for the initiative. Florence Kong Kee of Hawaii Alliance, an organization created to defeat the Constitutional Convention question, will speak against the initiative. The Con Con review will last from 7:35 p.m. until 8. Following the forum, both Mayor candidates will be available for informal talk story with audience members.

Na Leo O Hawaii and Big Island Video News will both film the debate.

It will be available on public access television within a week of the event. It will also be available online after the forum at

This forum is sponsored by Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, Kona Outdoor Circle, PATH, Hawaii Island Board of Realtors, and Kona Board of Realtors.

Please direct any questions to Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce,

329-1758 or via email to

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