With 24 candidates running for the seven seats on the Kauai County Council, the public has an opportunity to meet the candidates from 6 to 8:30 tonight at a forum coordinated by the Eleele-Hanapepe Community Association, Hui Hana Paakai, and Community Coalition Kauai at the Eleele Elementary School cafeteria.
The public will have an opportunity to ask each candidate questions pertaining to the theme of, “A Focus on Improving the Quality of Life in Hanapepe-Eleele.”
Doors to the Eleele School cafeteria opens at 5:15 p.m. for the forum where each candidate will have three minutes to introduce themselves and answer at least two questions based on the theme in a large-group setting. The questions have already been presented to the candidates.
Following the large-group setting, candidates go in pairs to smaller breakout sessions to better meet the voters.
“The beauty of this format is that by the end of the night, everyone will have had a chance to pose questions to the candidates,” said Jean Souza, an Eleele-Hanapepe Community Association leader. “We all have a role in making it engaging, enlightening, and relevant. This is unique for a candidate forum.”
This is the second of four council candidate forums coordinated by the Community Coalition Kauai with community partners.
The others are July 26, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Anaina Hou Community Park Pavilion, and July 31, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Anahola Clubhouse.
The primary election is Aug. 11.
Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.