Gubernatorial candidates are sharing ideas to stimulate Hawaii's economy and increase the number of jobs without raising taxes.
All four candidates met for the first time in a forum hosted by the West Oahu Economic Development Association Tuesday.
Democratic state Sen. Ige says Hawaii needs economic diversification. He says he's been a proponent of tax credits for technology companies.
Former Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona, a Republican, says the state should conduct an annual report on credits and deductions to determine what's effective.
Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, who is running as an Independent Party candidate, says he wants to find ways to reduce electricity costs and streamline the permitting process for businesses.
Libertarian candidate Jeff Davis stressed the need for audits of government spending.
The candidates each had their shot to stand out on issues including the risk of over-development in Kaka'ako.
"We need to stop developing housing that are sold to rich foreign investors and really focus on the needs of our communities first," said Ige.
"We need affordable housing. Our children with their diplomas will be getting a one way ticket. Say goodbye to your family," said Davis
"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 do that and make sure that's a priority when you talk about any kind of development," said Aiona.
"I believe it's time to have a discussion with state officials to revert Kaka'ako back to the city for proper planning purposes," said Hannemann
Hannemann went on to say that the redevelopment agency Hawaii Community Development Authority should put effort into building a racetrack in Kalaeloa since Oahu doesn't have one.
Aside from over-development, the only other question asked by the audience was how the candidates would have handled the contentious same sex marriage battle that ended up making it legal in Hawaii.
"It's something I personally believe should take one step forward and give up a little bit of our positions on that," said Davis.
"I did support Senate bill 1. I do believe that it provides for equal balance of the issues that were before us," said Ige.
"Were I governor, I would not have called the special session. I would've allowed the people to opine on this very important issue," said Hannemann.
"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," said Aiona.