KHON2’s Gina Mangieri moderates Honolulu mayoral candidate forum


See what three candidates for Honolulu mayor had to say when KHON2’s Gina Mangieri moderated a forum in West Oahu Thursday morning.

It began at 8:30 a.m. at The Salvation Army Kroc Center Hawaii in Kapolei.

KHON2 live-streamed the forum starting at 9 a.m., following our Living808 broadcast.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, former mayor Peter Carlisle, and former Congressman Charles Djou participated.

Among the issues under discussion: what each candidate plans to do to bring the rising costs of rail under control.

  • Caldwell: I’ve been working with the federal government in asking them to kick in a larger share, because they contribute one-third. They need to give more. I’m going to work to do that. We need to work with the state legislature and get part of the 10-percent skim they withhold, and working with the private sector to help pay for stations.
  • Carlisle: It needs to be no frills. No pretty, lovely, beautiful cement surroundings with those decorations. Can’t be done.
  • Djou: I’m not going to spend more than $7 billion appropriated by the people. If we can get more from other sources, that’s great, but we’re not going to take any more from the people than the $7 billion in tax money.

The candidates also talked about issues facing West Oahu residents.

  • Caldwell: Under the efforts of this administration, we’ve now opened up Kapolei Parkway creating greater connectivity. We’re working on more connectivity on roads. Farrington Highway is something we’re working on right now to widen because we have Hoopili built.
  • Carlisle: There isn’t any doubt that transit-oriented development on that guideline system as well as what’s around it. That this is going to be a completely new and vibrant community in no time at all, if you’re willing to wait and do it correctly.
  • Djou: That’s why when I was a member of the Honolulu City Council, I was very, very supportive of making sure we don’t just get residential growth, but we get commercial development out here on the west side. That’s why when I was a United States Congressman, I was very strongly supportive of shifting the federal government offices out here onto the west side

The candidates were also asked about other top priorities:

  • Caldwell: Affordable housing, homelessness, preparing for dealing with the effects of sea-level rise.
  • Carlisle: Finishing rail’s federally required recovery plan followed by a lean fiscal budget, affordable housing along with the private sector.
  • Djou: Homelessness, city ethics, infrastructure, safety.

The primary election takes place Aug. 13.

The event was presented by the Kapolei Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the West Oahu Economic Development Association.

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