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President's Message (Sue Irvine)
League First (Mary Anne Raywid)
League Leaves HI-Clean
Citizen Rights Top Priority List (Jean Aoki)
West Hawaii Activities (Marni Herkes)
Judicial Independence Forum Praised (Jean Aoki, Jaurene Judy & Jackie Parnell)
HCALG Update (Grace Furukawa)
Lunch 'n' Learn the Law
What's Wrong with this Picture? (Carol Bain & Jaurene Judy)
Letter from the Editor (Shannon Wood)
Catchy Slogan for the Next Election Campaign

West Hawaii Activities

The West Hawaii League has been very busy for the last four months with five Candidate Forums. In Kona Palisades: Leaguers Marian Wilkins and Gail Laros helped the Homeowners Association there conduct a political forum for local candidates

With our co-sponsors, the Kona Outdoor Circle and the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, the League invited all West Hawai'i county, state and congressional candidates to Kona to attend one of four two-hour forums the groups were putting on. Sherry Bracken of the Kona Outdoor Circle moderated while Marni Herkes from the League was the timer for two of them and Michael Last was the timer for the last two. The forums were also broadcast over LAVA 105 island-wide.

Up to 200 attended each forum. We used radio and newspaper advertising, sent out press releases, used borrowed e-mail lists, posted flyers, talked to everyone we knew, and really worked hard to get people to attend the events.

Mayoral Candidates: All five mayoral candidates came to the August 26 forum at the King Kamehameha Hotel. Eleven questions were set by the organizing committee with many coming from the audience. Thanks to the hotel for serving refreshments.

Hawaii Council Candidates: On September 9 all eight candidates from Districts Six, Seven and Eight showed up to answer nineteen questions drawn up by the organizing committee plus others from the floor.

US House Candidates: Congressman Ed Case and Honolulu City Councilmember Mike Gabbard met on the stage of Kealakehe High School on October 18. One of the student clubs provided refreshments. The organizers drew up 25 questions and many others came directly from the audience. Although one of the candidates expressed concerns about our possible partisan sponsorship, the event went well. Both candidates got good exposure both at the community level and island wide as well because the event was also on radio.

State Legislative Candidates: All West Hawaii candidates for the State Senate and House were invited to the last forum on October 21 which was held once again the King Kamehameha Hotel. The committee drew up 17 questions for the candidates.

Putting on these four events took a lot of work, but our leader, Sherry Bracken, kept us all on track, scheduled meetings, made arrangements, and did much of it. Although what we did cost a fair amount of money, we now have a community that is a lot better informed about the issues we all face.

Marni Herkes
former West HI Chair

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