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Waimea Community Association Non-Partisan Candidate Forum

  • HPA Tyler Commons 65-1692 Kohala Mountain Rd Waimea, HI, 96743 United States (map)

Waimea Community Association will play host to the Non-Partisan Candidate Forum at HPA Tyler Commons to spotlight three key races in the August 13 Primary Election: Hawaii County Mayor, County Council (Districts 1 & 9), and State House District 7. 

HWMO will be a co-sponsor of the educational event and will have an informational booth to share our great informational guides and keiki giveaways.

Stop by our booth at the event to find out more about wildfire prevention and preparedness.

"To educate voters and encourage voting in the all-important August 13, 2016 Primary Election when many Hawai’i Island races are expected to be effectively decided, Waimea Community Association (WCA) and about a dozen other community groups are collaborating to co-host a candidate forum from 5 to 8 p.m. Thurs., July 7, 2016 at HPA’s Taylor Commons (cafeteria). 

All North Hawai’i voters are invited to meet and talk with candidates in spotlighted races, including the:

  1. Hawai’i County mayoral race with invited candidates Pete Hoffmann, Harry Kim, Wally Lau and Shannon McCandless;
  2. Hawai’i County Council District 1 with invited candidate Valerie Poindexter, who is running unopposed;  
  3. Hawai’i County Council District 9 with invited candidates Tim Richards and Margaret Wille;
  4. State House District 7 with invited candidates Jeffery Coakley, Cindy Evans and David Tarnas. 

All of these candidates have confirmed participation.

The forum will be facilitated by newswoman Sherry Bracken, who will begin the program with candidates introducing themselves and sharing their reasons for seeking public office and their top three priorities for the North Hawai’i district and island.  Then, candidates will participate in a “speed dating” format that involves candidates meeting with small groups of voters to discuss issues and answer questions, and then they’ll move on to the next small group. 

“Our community likes the ‘speed dating’ format before the Primary Election because they say it helps them get to know candidates on a more personal level.  Participants say that ‘speed dating’ lets them convey their priorities and concerns and also hear candidates’ views, what they know and how they think,” said Patti Cook, WCA President.  

All candidates are invited to bring handouts, and there also will be voter registration forms available. 

Joining WCA in co-hosting the forum are North Hawai’i Rotary, Hawai’i Preparatory Academy, Waimea Middle School, Friends of the Future, Mala’ai School Garden, Canada-France-Hawai’i Telescope and Hawai'i Wildfire Management Organization.  

Healthy snacks will be provided by co-hosting organizations and the Blue Zones Project – North Hawai’i, along with hot coffee by Starbucks, herbal iced tea by Mala’ai School Garden, and iced water. 

Forum attendees are asked to use HPA’s first (or lower) gate nearest Waiaka Bridge to enter the upper campus. Follow the signs and watch for Security staff for directions to the designated parking area on the lawn below Taylor Commons.  Participants with walking challenges will be directed to park above the cafeteria.  Participants may want to bring a flashlight for the walk back to the car after the program. 

Hawai’i’s Primary Election Day is Sat., Aug. 13.  Deadline to register to vote in the Primary is July 14. 

For more info about the WCA forum, call Patti Cook (937-2833) or email, or go to, or"