Our Islands, Our Future

On Oct. 6, candidates Congressman Neil Abercrombie and Lt. Governor Duke Aiona will participate in a gubernatorial debate, entitled “Focus 2010: A Gubernatorial Conversation.”

The 90-minute forum will be broadcast live statewide; and is presented by Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) and Hawaii Public Radio (HPR), with the support of Akaku Maui Community Television, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, and UH-Maui College.

Focus 2010 live broadcasts:
Hawaii Public Radio stations – KHPR (88.1 FM), KKUA (90.7 FM) and KANO (91.1 FM)
Akaku: Maui Community Television – channels 52, 53, 54 (Maui County)
Hoike Community Television – channel 52 (Kauai)
Na Leo O Hawaii Community Television – channel 52 & 53 (Big Island)
Olelo Community Media – channel 49 (Oahu)
Video stream: and
Live audio stream:

Re-Airs broadcast schedule (on Akaku):
October 6, 6:15 pm – channels 52, 53, 54
October 8, 8:00 pm – channel 53
October 9, 1:00 pm & 7:30 pm – channel 54
October 10, 3:30 pm & 9:00 pm – channel 53
October 11, 7:30 pm – channel 54

In the forum, candidates will be asked to respond to questions submitted in advance by a cross-section of the community and MEDB; which will be presented by the moderator, HPR News Director Kayla Rosenfeld.

Questions will have a neighbor island emphasis and will be based on the Focus Maui Nui vision and values – a groundbreaking visioning process in our Maui County community that articulates five Key Strategies for action:

  • Improve Education
  • Protect the natural environment and address water needs
  • Address infrastructure challenges, particularly housing and transportation
  • Adopt targeted economic development strategies
  • Preserve local culture and traditions and address human needs

We encourage you to submit a question to the candidates by leaving a comment on this blog post or through one of the channels listed below. Video or written questions are welcome.

Deadline for questions is October 1. Every effort will be made to ask the candidates the full range of questions received, in addition, all questions will be submitted to the candidates for their own follow-up.

All the ways you can submit your question:
Twitter: @FocusMauiNui (
Email: Call: 808-875-2300
Fax: (808) 879-0011

Exercise your voice. It’s your future.