Candidates for Governor Face Off in Three TV Debates

Don’t miss these last chances to see where the candidates stand on issues important to Hawai‘i.


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As we enter October, the race to replace Gov. Neil Abercrombie in the state capitol kicks into high gear. The major candidates for governor—state Sen. David Ige, a Democrat; former Lt. Gov. James “Duke” Aiona, a Republican; and former Mayor Mufi Hannemann, now an independent—will spar in three more televised debates, starting with tonight’s forum on KITV 4.

Here’s where you can watch the three candidates face off:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 30, 8 to 9 p.m. on KITV 4

  • Tuesday, Oct. 7, 7 to 8 p.m. on KHON 2, sponsored by AARP

  • Wednesday, Oct. 15, 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Hawai‘i News Now, a town hall debate from Sullivan Auditorium at the University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center.

    Previously, the candidates discussed the issues in a televised forum on PBS Hawai‘i’s Insights. Many of the candidates have also agreed to participate in community forums. Here’s where you can listen to the candidates in person.

  • Thursday, Oct. 9, 6 to 8 p.m., Hawai‘i Island Chamber of Commerce Forum, Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin, 424 Kilauea Ave. hicc.biz/calendar

  • Monday, Oct. 13, 6 to 8 p.m., Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce Forum, Kealakehe High School cafeteria. www.kona-kohala.com

  • Tuesday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Hawai‘i Energy Policy Forum at Laniakea YWCA, 1040 Richards St. www.hawaiienergypolicy.hawaii.edu (This forum will be broadcast on KITV at a soon-to-be-announced date.)

  • Tuesday, Oct. 28, noon to 1:30 p.m., SMEI (Sales & Marketing Executives International) Gubernatorial Forum at the Sheraton Waikīkī Hotel, 2255 Kalākaua Ave. www.smeihonolulu.com

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