Bill Clinton to speak at Democratic rally

Former President Bill Clinton is coming to Kaua’i to be the keynote speaker at a local Democratic Party rally.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Kauai Veterans Center on Kapule Highway. Tickets are being made available at a variety of locations.

At the Kaua’i rally Clinton is expected to urge voters to elect Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono and former state senator Matt Matsunaga, Democratic Party candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, according to a Hawaii Government Employees Association spokesperson. The labor union is coordinating the rally on Kaua’i.

During his Hawai’i stay, Clinton is also set to attend an event in Honolulu that will honor the memory of the late Congresswoman Patsy Mink.

Clinton will spend two days in Honolulu before he flies to Kaua’i with Hirono on Wednesday morning, according to Diana Berrent, a member of Clinton’s advance staff who is helping to coordinate the rallies.

“He is in staunch support of Lt. Gov. Hirono and he is here to express that and (his support) to the rest of the Democratic candidates this year,” Berrent said.

Reports that Clinton was golfing at Princeville Friday were incorrect, Berrent said.

The rally in Lihu’e will be open to union members, their families and the public, HGEA officials said.

Free tickets to the event can be picked up at:

– Hirono and Matsunaga’s “Family Day” event at the Kukui Grove Pavilion between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27.

– The HGEA office at 3213 Akahi Street in Lihu’e from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 28-29. For more information, call 245-6751.

– Kong Lung Store in Kilauea between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 28-29.

Gerald Ako, who heads the HGEA branch on Kaua’i, said the Veteran’s center has a seating capacity of 800, and based on the calls he has received so far, he expects all the tickets for the event to be sold.

The rally is a way for Kaua’i residents to “see him (Clinton) and to support democratic candidates,” Berrent said.

Later in the day, Clinton is scheduled to fly to Maui for a rally at the War Memorial Gym starting at 3:30 p.m. and then to a rally on the Big Island at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo starting at 6 p.m.

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