The forum will feature Maui County’s two mayoral candidates—Mayor Charmaine Tavares and former Mayor Alan Arakawa; 12 candidates for the six undecided Maui County Council seats—Elle Cochran and Alan Fukuyama for the West Maui seat, Councilman Wayne Nishiki and challenger Don Couch for the South Maui seat, Mike White and Kai Nishiki for the Makawao-Ha‘ikū-Pā‘ia seat, Councilmember Bill Medeiros and challenger Robert Carroll for East Maui, Riki Hokama and Mano Matthew for the Lāna‘i seat, and Councilmember Michael Victorino and Elisabeth Gapero for the Wailuku-Waihe‘e-Waikapū seat.
Councilmembers Joseph Pontanilla (Kahului), Danny Mateo (Moloka‘i) and Gladys Baisa (Upcountry) face no opposition for their seats in the General Election.
State House of Representatives District 10 (West Maui including Lahaina, Kā‘anapali, Kapalua, Mā‘alaea, Kīhei) candidates Ramon Madden (R) and Angus McKelvey (D), and District 11 (South Maui including Mākena, Wailea, Kīhei) Joseph Bertram III (D) and George Fontaine (R) will also participate in the presentation.
The Kīhei Community Association has invited all 20 candidates running for South Maui’s contested office seats to participate in a “speed dating” format presentation at the Kīhei Community Center on Tuesday, Oct. 19.
Board of Education candidates Leona Rocha-Wilson, an entrepreneur and longtime education advocate, and R. Ray Hart, a retired public school teacher, will also participate.
“All of these positions direct the future of South Maui, and many effect the entire county, as well as state government,” said KCA Vice President Mike Moran.
Doors open at 6 p.m. for talk story and pūpū; the program will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.
Attendees are asked to bring donations of non-perishable food items for the Maui Food Bank.
For more information, call 879-5390 or check www.gokihei.org.