(Media release) — A U.S. Senate Candidate Forum featuring U.S. Senator Brian Schatz and U.S. Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa will be held on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Sangha Hall, 424 Kilauea Avenue in Hilo. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The forum is sponsored by the Hawai‘i Island Chamber of Commerce, Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawaii, Hawaii Island REALTORS®, Hawaii Island Contractors’ Association, Kanoelehua Industrial Area Association and the Hawaii Island Portuguese Chamber of Commerce. This public forum is open to the community free of charge. It is the only U. S. Senate Forum scheduled for Hawaii Island in advance of the Primary Election on August 9. The winner of the Democratic Primary will advance to the General Election on November 4 and face Republican, Libertarian, and Nonpartisan candidates.
The sponsoring organizations have organized this important opportunity to educate their members and the public about the issues relevant to the U.S. Senate, the candidates’ backgrounds, and how well they will meet the needs of the people of Hawai‘i Island and our state. The forum will be moderated by Sherry Bracken, Public Affairs Director, Mahalo Broadcasting and host of the Sunday interview show Island Issues for LAVA 105.3 fm and on KKOA 107.7 fm. She also reports on Hawai‘i Island news for Hawaii Public Radio. Questions will not be taken from the audience at the forum but the public is invited to submit questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org and to email@example.com. Sign waving will not be allowed on the Sangha Hall/ Hilo Hongwanji property and campaign signs will not be allowed in the hall.
The forum will air live on radio station LAVA 105.3 fm from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. It will also stream live at www.hawaii247.com. Food, snacks and drinks will be available for sale at the event as a benefit for Friends of Hilo High Baseball. Hawaii Public Radio will also air the forum in its entirety on its HPR-1 program stream on Thursday, July 3, at 6:00 p.m. In East Hawai’i, HPR 1 is at 91.1 fm, and in West Hawai’i, it will air on 90.7 fm. Na Leo ‘O Hawai’i will film for later broadcast on its Hawai’i Island stations. It will also be featured on bigislandvideonews.com.
The League of Women Voters will be at the forum to provide voter registration.
For more information, please call the Hawai‘i Island Chamber of Commerce at (808) 935-7178.