Candidates for Governor field questions at forumUPDATED 5:54 PM HST Aug 26, 2014Video Transcript
And the looming question -- Who will be the next to lead Hawaii.. Good evening, I'm Yunji De Nies in for Paula Akana. All four candidates were together today for the first time... KITV4's Brenton Awa was there and joins us live... Yunji -- The four candidates tried to distance themselves from the each other in a forum at UH West Oahu.. This marks the first time that all of them have gotten together in this type of event. Today's questions ranged from creating jobs -- to education -- even same sex marriage. 139 - WIDE One of these men on stage will be the next to govern Hawaii. Each trying to rise above the rest.. 219 - PAN From left to right -- Duke Aiona -- the Republican. Jeff Davis -- the Libertarian. The Independent -- Mufi Hanneman. Or the Democrat and current Senator David Ige. The candidates each had their shot to stand out today.... on issues including the risk of over- development in Kaka'ako. TAPE 1 - 3130 - IGE "WE NEED TO STOP DEVELOPING HOUSING THAT ARE SOLD TO RICH FOREIGN INVESTORS AND REALLY FOCUS ON THE NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITIES FIRST." TAPE 1 - 3440 - DAVIS "WE NEED AFFORDABLE HOUSING. OUR CHILDREN WITH THEIR DIPLOMAS WILL BE GETTING A ONE WAY TICKET, SAY GOODBYE TO YOUR FAMILY." 3602 - AIONA "WE HAVE TO SET THE GROUNDWORK RIGHT NOW. IT DOES COME DOWN TO BALANCE AND OBVIOUSLY WE ALL NEED TO WORK TOGETHER AND I INTEND TO TO THAT AND MAKE SURE THAT'S A PRIORITY WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT ANY KIND OF DEVELOPMEN T." 3712 - MUFI "I BELIEVE IT'S TIME TO HAVE A DISCUSSION WITH STATE OFFICIALS TO REVERT KAKA'AKO BACK TO THE CITY FOR PROPER PLANNING PURPOSES." Hannemen went on to say that the redevelopment agency HCDA should put effort into building a racetrack in Kalaeloa -- since Oahu doesn't have one. Aside from overdevelopmen t -- the only other question asked by the audience was how they would've handled the contentious same sex marriage battle that ended up making it legal in Hawaii... 3938 - DAVIS "IT'S SOMETHING I PERSONALLY I BELIEVE SHOULD TAKE ONE STEP FORWARD AND GIVE UP A LITTLE BIT OF OUR POSITIONS ON THAT." 4425 - IGE "I DID SUPPORT SENATE BILL ONE. I DO BELIEVE THAT IT PROVIDES FOR EQUAL BALANCE OF THE ISSUES THAT WERE BEFORE US." 4245 - MUFI "WERE I GOVERNOR, I WOULD NOT HAVE CALLED THE SPECIAL SESSION. I WOULD'VE ALLOWED THE PEOPLE TO OPINE ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE." 4148 - AIONA "IF I WAS ASKED WHETHER OR NOT I'M MAKING IT A PRIORITY IN REGARDS TO BEING GOVERNOR AND I'M GOING TO COME IN AND PROPOSE LEGISLATION TO OVERTURN THAT LAW THAT HAD JUST PASSED, THE ANSWER IS NO." When asked about job creation... David Ige said he'd do that by supporting our tourism industry... Duke Aiona said he supports small businesses. Mufi Hanneman said he'd do a combination of both. And libertarian Jeff Davis pointed out a much larger problem that needs to be addressed first. We'll have more on where these candidates stand -- including on the topic of education coming up at six.