The race for the general election is heating up. The first face off of state gubernatorial candidates occurred Friday. Three candidates on the stage, but one was missing.
Republican candidate Duke Aiona, Libertarian candidate Jeff Davis and Independent candidate Mufi Hannemann squared off for the first time.
The three battled major issues facing the state. The first question: how to make the government more transparent.
"One of the first things I will do as governor, if I'm privileged to be elected, is I'd like to see management audits, especially of the Department of Taxation," said Hannemann.
"We will put as many things online. We want to get the web going. We want to make sure everything that can be accessible to the public will be accessible to the public," said Aiona.
"Anyone working with the state, whether contractors or hired or volunteering or sitting on board should have a financial disclosure," said Davis.
Hannemann and Aiona offered different takes on what they would do for health care, including Hawaii's controversial healthcare connector.
"I want everyone to get coverage. I want to make sure not to jeopardize the Hawaii prepaid health care plan. My understanding is the healthcare connector, if eliminated, may jeopardize that," said Aiona.
"We need to press urgently to press out of it or ask for a waiver and go back to what we've done. If it ain't broke, don’t fix it, with respect to the prepaid health insurance program we have now," said Hannemann.
They both did agree on trying to lower electricity costs in the state by looking at alternative energy sources.
Aiona concentrated on looking into liquefied natural gas. Hannemann brought up wind, solar and geothermal options. All three vow not to increase the general excise tax.
Noticeably absent was Democratic candidate David Ige.
On Thursday he withdrew from the event saying he did not agree with the fact that "the forum entails permission for recording and broadcast."
The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is expected to post an uncut and unedited version of the forum online by next week.
Click here for more information how to view the forum.