August 27, 2010 – Kona, Hawaii
Video by David Corrigan
Hawaii gubernatorial candidates squared off Thursday at Kealakehe High School in a two hour forum sponsored by the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce.
The long awaited Big Island showdown between Democratic front runners Mufi Hannemann and Neil Abercrombie also included three candidates who receive considerably less press: Daniel Cunningham with the Free Energy Party, Non-Partisan candidate Tony Clapes, and Republican John Carroll.
A crowd of 300 watched the candidates debate local issues like Honokohau Harbor, the Kona Airport modernization plan, the state of Big Island health care, and island agriculture. They also discussed statewide issues like tourism, education and civil unions.
The event was moderated by Hawaii Public Radio’s Hawaii Island reporter and LAVA 105 host Sherry Bracken.
Another event is scheduled to take place at the same location on Oct. 14, after the primary election.
Extended video of the Aug. 26 Governor Forum in Kona
Gubernatorial candidates Tony Clapes, Mufi Hannemann, Neil Abercrombie, Daniel Cunningham and John Carroll state their case for becoming Hawaii’s top executive.
|PRIORITIES AS GOVERNOR
CARROLL: Repeal the Jones Act
After the initial round of answers, moderator Sherry Bracken digs a little deeper into the candidates’ top priorities.
|IMPROVE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY
HANNEMANN: Airport modernization, tourism, Honokohau Harbor
CLAPES: World markets
CUNNINGHAM: Floating city, healthy ecosystem
ABERCROMBIE: Will support existing Kona Airport plan
CARROLL: DOE reform, local school councils
|HEALTH CARE CRISIS & HEALTHY LIVING
CUNNINGHAM: Reduce regulation,
The candidates are then asked to talk about healthy living initiatives.
In a perspective that falls mostly along party lines, the two Democrats talk about how they would make full use of and pursue federal funding, while the other candidates regard the ARRA stimulus opportunities with caution.
|CIVIL UNIONS BILL
CLAPES: Not appropriate to answer
|SUPPORT MAINTAIN PARKS & HARBORS, GET INCREASE?
HANNEMANN: Massive DLNR overhaul, create Ocean council
All candidates said they would NOT support raising the GET tax
Candidates deliver two minute wrap up statements, concluding the evening’s forum