LIHUE — All seven candidates for the Kauai Office of the Mayor were on hand Tuesday night at the Kauai Chamber of Commerce Mayor’s Forum at Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall.
More than 250 people filled the auditorium to hear the candidates — Derek Kawakami, Ana Mo Des, Debra Kekaualua, Clint Yago, Lenny Rapozo, JoAnn Yukimura, and Mel Rapozo — provide a three-minute introduction before settling down to answer individual questions set forth by moderator Chris Gampon.
Candidates’ fielded questions in several areas including affordable housing, traffic, tourism and agriculture.
Following the question-and-answer segment, candidates were provided time for a wrap up.
The next Kauai Chamber political forum will be July 19 at the Hanapepe Neighborhood Center when candidates for State Representative, District 16 take to the stage.
Candidates for the governor’s office will be in the limelight July 31 when the Kauai Chamber of Commerce hosts the Governor’s Forum at the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort from 6 to 7:30 p.m.