This was a great weekend for meeting candidates for the 2018 election as Gov. David Ige paid a visit to Kauai, making a stop for breakfast at Tip Top while everyone else (more than 1,200 participants!) was treading Ke Ala Hele Makalae at the 10th running of the Kauai Mayor-a-thon (kudos to Bev Brody, Lee Steinmetz — Noreen Steinmetz won one of the bicycles! — and her great committee, including Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. on 10 great events!).
Gov. Ige made his way to the Kauai Community Market (Laurie Ho, Amy Chun and Bill Spitz were doing the Mayor-a-thon first!) where he got to visit with Leland Nishek and Johnny Gordines and other vendors before ending at the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club (congratulations to Carolyn Inouye who won the Mayor-a-thon grand prize!) where Dawn Amano-Ige was among the “community women” walking the ramp and being escorted by Macy’s manager David Reifenberg.
This old-style electioneering continued at the Lihue Hongwanji bon dance (kudos to chair Tommy Oi and the Lihue Hongwanji members and volunteers on a great event — the roast pork dinner had no leftovers!) where Kim Coco Iwamoto, a candidate for lieutenant governor, had a hard time breaking away from the fish pond, and Gov. Ige was scheduled to stop by following the Kauai Fashion Weekend.
Sherry Alu Campagna, a candidate for Hawaii’s Second Congressional District, was also on hand (she was waving signs at Ahukini Road last week) at the Kauai Fashion Weekend, stopping to chat with the vendors and KFW committee members.
And our own local office candidates had to keep up with all this old-style campaigning, too!