5 Chances This Month to Meet Hawai‘i Gubernatorial Candidates Ige, Aiona, Hannemann and Davis

Candidates for governor will face off in several forums over next two weeks, including two televised debates.


Debate season is heating up, with the first of the televised debates in the governor’s race scheduled over the next two weeks. With less than 45 days to go until election day, five gubernatorial forums are scheduled through the end of the month, including a live debate to be broadcast by Hawai‘i Public Radio and two on television.

Hawai‘i voters are tasked with choosing a new governor following the historic primary defeat of Gov. Neil Abercrombie. They will be asked to pick between four candidates: state Sen. David Ige, a Democrat; former Lt. Gov. James “Duke” Aiona, a Republican; former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, running as a Hawai‘i Independent; and Libertarian Jeff Davis.

Here are the debates scheduled through September:


Sept. 22

7 to 8 p.m., live on Hawai‘i Public Radio. All four candidates have confirmed attendance.


Sept.  23

5 to 8 p.m., Chamber of Commerce Hawai‘i Gubernatorial and Congressional District 1 Candidate Forums. To be held at The Plaza Club, 900 Fort Street Mall. Register online. Aiona, Hannemann and Ige will be in attendance. The Chamber of Commerce will also host a forum in the CD 1 race, to include Democrat Mark Takai and Republican Charles Djou.


Sept.  25

8 to 9 p.m., Insights PBS Hawai‘i Gubernatorial Forum, live on PBS Hawai‘i.


Sept.  27

9 to 10:30 a.m., Chinese, Filipino and Hawai‘i Korean Chambers of Commerce Gubernatorial Forum. To be held at the Center of Korean Studies on the University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa campus. Aiona, Hannemann and Ige will be in attendance. For more information visit filipinochamber.org, hkccweb.org or chinesechamber.com.


Sept.  30

8 to 9 p.m., KITV 4 Gubernatorial Debate, live on KITV 4.


In addition, the candidates will face off in October in several public and televised forums, including a debate on KHON 2 sponsored by AARP on Oct. 7 and a town hall forum sponsored by Hawai‘i News Now on Oct. 15.

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