VIDEO SERIES: 2008 Puna Council Candidate Forum

September 6, 2008 – Pahoa, Hawaii

Video by David Corrigan

Main Street Pahoa Association and Friends of Puna’s Future present the candidates running for incumbent Emily Naeole’s 5th district county council seat.

All 5 candidates were in attendance, answering questions and discussing the issues important to Puna, the county’s fastest growing district.

Kale Gumapac, Wayne Joseph, Emily Naeole, Gary Safarik and Kaniu Stocksdale took questions from moderators Hunter Bishop and Mike Hale. The format gave all of the candidates a chance to answer, and allowed a closing rebuttal to the candidate who started off. At the end, the candidates all gave a 4 minute closing statement.

As I have with the mayoral forums in the recent past, I have broken this forum down into separate video sections to allow visitors to jump from one topic to another.

You will notice that under the “round two” section, there is a candidates name in parenthesis before the subject of the question. This is because the questions in round two were fashioned for the response of that candidate in particular. All candidates were allowed a chance to speak in this round, also, and candidates did not always decide to take that opportunity.

The primary election is on September 20th, 2008.

The Puna CDP

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(September 6, 2008 – Pahoa, Hawaii)

Kale Gumapac, Wayne Joseph, Emily Naeole, Gary Safarik and Kaniu Stocksdale debate the Puna Community Development Plan

Can fastest growing Puna get its fair share?

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(September 6, 2008 – Pahoa, Hawaii)

Kale Gumapac, Wayne Joseph, Emily Naeole, Gary Safarik and Kaniu Stocksdale debate infrastructure for the historically underserved Puna district

Improving medical care in Puna

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(September 6, 2008 – Pahoa, Hawaii)

Kale Gumapac, Wayne Joseph, Emily Naeole, Gary Safarik and Kaniu Stocksdale talk health care

Expanding youth & recreation opportunities

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(September 6, 2008 – Pahoa, Hawaii)

Kale Gumapac, Wayne Joseph, Emily Naeole, Gary Safarik and Kaniu Stocksdale on local beaches, parks and pools

The solid waste problem

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(September 6, 2008 – Pahoa, Hawaii)

Kale Gumapac, Wayne Joseph, Emily Naeole, Gary Safarik and Kaniu Stocksdale talk trash

(Stocksdale) Prepared for council?

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(September 6, 2008 – Pahoa, Hawaii)

Kaniu Stocksdale tackles the topic of her own qualifications

(Jopseph) The ethics board & effective advocacy

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(September 6, 2008 – Pahoa, Hawaii)

Wayne Joseph, no stranger to the County Board of Ethics, talks story

(Safarik) Changes since last in office?

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(September 6, 2008 – Pahoa, Hawaii)

Former District 5 councilmember Gary Safarik discusses changes, if any, to his legislative philosophy since he last held office

(Naeole) Regrets over the last term?

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(September 6, 2008 – Pahoa, Hawaii)

Emily Naeole, a lightning rod for controversy and news headlines over her last term, contemplates any regrets she may have.

(Gumapac) Conflict between Kanaka council & county council?

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(September 6, 2008 – Pahoa, Hawaii)

Kale Gumapac, who sits as an important figure on the Native Hawaiian Kanaka Council, reflects

Marijuana legality and enforcement

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(September 6, 2008 – Pahoa, Hawaii)

Kale Gumapac, Wayne Joseph, Emily Naeole, Gary Safarik and Kaniu Stocksdale talk about the controverial cannabis plant, a popular – if illegal – way of life amongst many in the Puna area

Puna makai public transportation

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(September 6, 2008 – Pahoa, Hawaii)

Kale Gumapac, Wayne Joseph, Emily Naeole, Gary Safarik and Kaniu Stocksdale talk about mitigating the evening traffic crunch on Highway 130

Geothermal energy

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(September 6, 2008 – Pahoa, Hawaii)

Kale Gumapac, Wayne Joseph, Emily Naeole, Gary Safarik and Kaniu Stocksdale talk about the sustainable green energy of geothermal, and potential drawbacks they may envision

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