INSIGHTS Election Season Policy

INSIGHTS LOGO (image) INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII is a regularly scheduled news interview program. During this election season, PBS Hawaii will provide our trademark, loosely structured live format, featuring candidates discussing issues of community interest. PBS Hawaii exercises sole control over the format of the program. Depending on the number of candidates and newsworthy issues in a given race, there are practical limitations as to the number of candidates who can participate. PBS Hawaii's decisions in presenting INSIGHTS are based on good-faith journalistic judgment in providing a conversation that will best serve the public interest.


Election 2014: Maui Mayor and State Senate District 18

Thursday, Oct. 30, 8:00 pm

Candidates for Maui Mayor are Alan Arakawa and Tamara Paltin (image) INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII is closing out its Election 2014 coverage with the contest for Maui Mayor and the three-way race to represent State Senate District 18.

The first segment of the show will feature the two candidates for Maui mayor: incumbent Mayor Alan Arakawa and his challenger, Maui County Ocean Safety Officer Tamara Paltin (pictured). Both candidates will talk about where they stand on the issues facing Maui county, including: economy diversification, infrastructure updates and the Maui ballot initiative proposing a temporary GMO moratorium on local farms.

Then, we welcome to the table three candidates from Oahu vying to represent Senate District 18 (Mililani, Waikele, Kunia). Raymond Banda (L), incumbent Michelle Kidani (D) and Dennis Kim (R) will present their views about issues facing the Central Oahu area – development, transportation and cost of living – and statewide issues facing our legislators.

Join our live discussion below or on Twitter using #pbsinsights.

Live Blog Election 2014: Maui Mayor and State Senate District 18



Election 2014: Ballot Measures

Thursday, Oct. 23, 8:00 pm

This week, INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII turns to statewide and county Ballot Initiatives facing Hawaii's voters. First, we'll discuss the ballot measure that would allow state funds to support private preschools.

  • Joan Lewis, Hawaii State Teachers Association Vice President
  • Deborah Zysman, Good Beginnings Alliance Executive Director
The second half of the program will focus on two other ballot initiatives: extending the mandatory retirement age of State judges from 70 to 80; and whether Maui should put a temporary moratorium on farming GMO crops on the Valley Isle. Discussing the pros and cons of these measures:
  • John Hart, Hawaii Pacific University communication professor
  • Janet Mason, League of Women Voters representative
Mahealani Richardson moderates both discussions.



Changing Factors in Hawaii's Storm Risk

Thursday, Oct. 16, 8:00 pm

Tonight's INSIGHTS Kauai mayoral candidate discussion with Dustin Barca and incumbent Bernard Carvalho has been postponed due to Tropical Storm Ana. We will discuss the approaching storm instead.

Host Malia Mattoch will be joined by:

Robert Ballard
Science and Operations Officer
Central Pacific Hurricane Center/Weather Forecast Office

Gary Barnes
University of Hawaii Meteorology Department

Doug Mayne
Vice Director
Hawaii State Civil Defense



Election 2014: Kauai Mayor

Thursday, Oct. 16, 8:00 pm

                             Due to Tropical Storm Ana, this show is postponed.

On INSIGHTS on PBS Hawaii we talk to the candidates for Kauai Mayor, Dustin Barca and Bernard Carvalho GMOs are a hot-button issue on the island of Kauai, where agro-chemical companies lease large acreages of land for cultivation. Mayoral candidate Dustin Barca is highly critical of incumbent Bernard Carvalho's veto of a GMO pesticide disclosure measure. Barca also opposes tax increases that place a bigger burden on working-class residents. Mayor Carvalho, who picked up a majority of votes in the Primary, says these tax increases are necessary to provide essential services to the people of Kauai.

On the next Insights, Malia Mattoch will moderate a discussion between the candidates for Kauai Mayor, as they each explain why they deserve the support of the Kauai voters in the November 4 General Election.



Election 2014: U.S. Congressional District 1

Thursday, Oct. 9, 8:00 pm

The Affordable Care Act, same-sex marriage and the Jones Act are just some of the issues facing the candidates for U.S. Congressional District 1, representing urban Honolulu.

The contest between Charles Djou, the Republican candidate, and State Representative Mark Takai, the Democratic candidate, will decide who replaces Colleen Hanabusa, who left her Congressional seat to run unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate. Who can best represent Hawaii in Congress? What qualities and ideas will decide this contest?

On the next Insights, Daryl Huff will moderate a discussion between the candidates for U.S. Congressional District 1, as they head toward the November 4 General Election.

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Election 2014: State House District 51 and State House District 4

Thursday, Oct. 2, 8:00 pm

On the Windward side of Oahu, last year's special legislative session on same-sex marriage has been a major driver in the general election contest to represent House District 51 (Kailua and Waimanalo). Incumbent Representative Chris Lee, who championed the marriage equality legislation, is being challenged by insurance executive Wayne Hikida, whose opposition to the new law drew him into the political ring.

The program's second half features candidates for House District 4 – Puna on Hawaii Island, which was first battered by Hurricane Iselle and is now under threat from lava. Democrat Joy San Buenaventura and Republican Gary Thomas are trying to fill controversial Representative Faye Hanohano's seat after the incumbent was unseated in the Democratic primary. Daryl Huff moderates both discussions.



Election 2014: Governor

Thursday, Sept. 25, 8:00 pm

The contest to become Hawaii's next governor on November 4 is shaping up to be a horserace with no clear frontrunner. On this episode of Insights, Mahealani Richardson hosts our round-table discussion of the issues among the four candidates vying to be Hawaii's eighth governor: Republican Duke Aiona, Libertarian Jeff Davis, Independent Mufi Hannemann and Democrat David Ige.



INSIGHTS will be on hiatus the week of

Thursday, September 18, 2014



Election 2014: State House Districts 43 and 48

Thursday, Sept. 11, 8:00 pm

Our Election 2014 coverage continues with a look at House races on Oahu's Waianae and Windward coasts.

In State House District 43 (Ewa Villages, Kalaeloa, Ko Olina, Maili, Nanakuli) on the Waianae Coast, extreme poverty and homelessness, socio-economically-challenged schools and transportation issues have been persistent problems. Democratic incumbent Representative Karen Awana has been working on finding solutions for District 43 since her election in 2006. In the general election she's facing Republican Andria Tupola, who believes the solutions are out there in the community and that she's the leader who can bring them forth and put them into action.

Environmental issues, traffic and the push-and-pull between development and agriculture are among the concerns in State House District 48 (Kaneohe, Heeia, Ahuimanu, Kahaluu, Haiku Valley, Mokuoloe) on the Windward Coast. Democrat Jarrett Keohokalole and Libertarian Kaimanu Takayama are vying for a seat left open when incumbent Jessica Wooley was appointed to head the Office of Environmental Quality Control. The campaign for Republican Eldean Kukahiko, a previously scheduled guest, claims to have not agreed to appear on the show, and will not be participating in this discussion. Nonpartisan candidate Kana Naipo is not able to attend, citing a previous commitment.



Election 2014: State House Districts 20 and 45

Thursday, Sept. 4, 8:00 pm

Excise taxes, transportation, education and development are just a few of the issues facing our state lawmakers. On this INSIGHTS, we’ll start with the three candidates vying to represent Kaimuki, Palolo, Wilhelmina Rise, Maunalani Heights and St. Louis Heights, which comprise State House District 20. Incumbent Democrat State Representative Calvin Say, Green Party candidate Keiko Bonk and Republican candidate Julia Allen will share their priorities for the district as well as their qualifications.

Then midway through the show, we’ll talk with the two candidates for State House District 45, covering portions of Mililani, Schofield and Waialua: incumbent State Representative Lauren Cheape Matsumoto, a Republican; and former State Representative Michael Magaoay, a Democrat. Malia Mattoch hosts.



Election 2014: House District 36 and Senate District 23

Thursday, Aug. 28, 8:00 pm

As we now head to the General Election, our election forums continue. In the upcoming week, we'll focus on two state legislative races in which former lawmakers are trying to regain elected office. On INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII, the first set of candidates hails from State House District 36 (Mililani and Waipio), where incumbent Beth Fukumoto Chang, who's completed her first term as a Republican, is facing a challenge by the former incumbent whom she beat last time around. Former Rep. Marilyn Lee is a Democrat who held the seat for 16 years.

The second half of our program will feature candidates for State Senate District 23 in Windward Oahu/North Shore. Republican Representative Richard Fale and Democratic Representative Gil Riviere, who switched parties, are seeking the Senate seat vacated by incumbent Clayton Hee in his unsuccessful bid for Lieutenant Governor. Malia Mattoch hosts.



Election 2014: Honolulu City Council Districts 4 and 6

Thursday, Aug. 21, 8:00 pm

On the next Insights on PBS Hawaii, host Mahealani Richardson talks with the top two contenders for Honolulu City Council District 4 and District 6, who now face a run-off election in the General on November 4. The candidates in District 4, Tommy Waters and Trevor Ozawa, are vying to represent the area from East Honolulu to Waikiki, a district left without an incumbent after Stanley Chang launched his unsuccessful bid for U.S. Congress. In District 6, incumbent Carol Fukunaga and challenger Sam Aiona are running to represent the area including Makiki, Punchbowl and Kalihi. The candidates share why the feel they are the most qualified to represent their districts, and discuss traffic, homelessness, development and other issues facing their communities.



Election 2014: A Look Ahead to The General Election

Thursday, Aug. 14, 8:00 pm

With the historic victory of Senator David Ige in the Democratic gubernatorial Primary race, and the contest for Hawaii's First Congressional District seat now a two-man race between Democratic State Representative Mark Takai and Republican Charles Djou, Hawaii's voters can now look forward to the General Election. As yet unsettled is the Democratic Primary contest for U.S. Senate, with incumbent Brian Schatz and Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa awaiting the results from the hurricane ravaged district of Puna on the Big Island. Will this give Republican candidate Cam Cavasso a head start in the race to Washington?

On the next INSIGHTS, local political pundits will look back at the Primary season, look forward to the General Election, and discuss the races from Washington to Lihue. Host Daryl Huff will be joined by Civil Beat political reporter Chad Blair, Hawaii Pacific University Communication Department Chair John Hart, University of Hawaii Assistant Professor of Political Science Colin Moore and former Hawaii Governor John Waihee.



Genetically Modified (GMO) Crops in Hawaii
Encore presentation

Thursday, Aug. 7, 8:00 pm

Original Air Date: December 13, 2012

Roberta Wong Murray moderates a discussion about the controversial development of genetically modified crops in Hawaii. Guests from the bio-tech industry and those opposed to GMO practices will offer their arguments from each side. They will also explore the ongoing labeling debate, as well as public health, and environmental and land issues that come into play.

Featured guests: Mark Fergusson, Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer at Down to Earth food store chain; Richard Manshardt, Horticulturist at UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources; Mark Phillipson, President of Hawaii Crop Improvement Association; and Hector Valenzuela, Vegetable Crops Extension Specialist at UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.



Election 2014: Honolulu City Council District IV and District VIII

Thursday, Aug. 7, 8:00 pm

A view of East Honolulu (image) On this INSIGHTS, we will talk to the candidates running for the Honolulu City Council – four candidates in District IV (East Honolulu to Waikiki), and four candidates in District VIII (lower Aiea to Waipahu). These two Council seats are wide open as incumbents Stanley Chang and Breene Harimoto are running for U.S. Congress and state senate, respectively. If any one of these candidates in their district takes home 50 percent plus one vote in the August 9 primary election, they are declared the winner. Otherwise the top two candidates advance to the general election in November. Who is best qualified to represent the communities of East Honolulu and lower Aiea to Waipahu? What do the candidates have to say about traffic, homelessness, crime and the other issues facing their communities?

Joining moderator Mahealani Richardson will be: Natalie Iwasa, Trevor Ozawa, Carl Strouble and Tommy Waters from the District IV Council race; and Brandon Elefante, Russ Grunch, Baybee Hufana-Ablan and Brysen Poulten from the District VIII race.



Election 2014: State House District 42/OHA Elections

Thursday, July 31, 8:00 pm

Transportation, infrastructure and environmental issues are major concerns for Kapolei and Makakilo voters, but last year's same-sex marriage vote may also be a factor in the upcoming Democratic primary. State House District 42 incumbent Sharon Har, who opposed same-sex marriage during the Legislature's contentious special session, is being challenged by Michael Golojuch, a well-known activist and chairman of the Democratic Party's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender caucus; and by Nicole Ferguson, a University of Hawaii-West Oahu lecturer in environmental science. Har declined an invitation to appear on Insights, but Golojuch and Ferguson will discuss why they think they should represent Oahu's "Second City."

The second half of the program will look at changes to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) elections, which are on the primary ballot for the first time. Guests will be Walter Ritte and Poka Laenui, both of whom are former OHA trustees. Joining them will be State Representative Karl Rhoads, head of the State House Judiciary Committee, who, along with State Senator Clayton Hee, worked to include the election for Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustees in the primary election.



Election 2014: Candidates for State House District 33 (Aiea)/State Senate District 21 (Kalaeloa, Nanakuli, Waianae to Makaha)

Thursday, July 24, 8:00 pm

Two of the three Democratic candidates, Tracy Arakaki and Arnold Wong, for State House District 33, Aiea, will share their views on why they should advance to the November General Election. The third candidate, Sam Kong, told us that he is too busy with work to appear on INSIGHTS. The seat is open as State Rep. Mark Takai, (D), is making a bid for the U.S. Congress.

The second half of the program will feature the two Democratic candidates hoping to represent State Senate District 21 (Kalaeloa, Nanakuli, Waianae to Makaha). Maile Shimabukuro, the Democratic incumbent, is facing challenger Michael Kahikina, a former member of the State House. The winner of this matchup will advance to the General Election in November.

Host Daryl Huff moderated both discussions.



Election 2014: Republican Candidates for Lieutenant Governor
/Political Perspective

Thursday, July 17, 8:00 pm

The next INSIGHTS on PBS HAWAII will begin with the two Republicans vying for the office of Lieutenant Governor. Elwin Ahu, a senior pastor at New Hope Metro, and Kimo Sutton, who has served as a delegate to the last Hawaii and national Republican conventions, will discuss their own platforms and their stances on issues like the economy, education and the environment.

In the second half of INSIGHTS, political analysts John Hart and Chad Blair will share their thoughts on all the big races now that many of the top contenders have appeared in public debates and forums. Who's sitting pretty, who needs to step it up and what predictions can be made about both the primary election and the general election?

Mahealani Richardson will moderate both discussions.



Election 2014: Democratic Candidates for U.S. Congressional District 1

Thursday, July 10, 8:00 pm

Thursday, July 10, Insights on PBS Hawaii will sit down with the seven Democratic candidates vying to represent urban Oahu for the U.S. Congressional District 1: Ikaika Anderson, Stanley Chang, Will Espero, Donna Mercado Kim, Joey Manahan, Mark Takai and Kathryn Xian. The district is without an incumbent because Colleen Hanabusa has left her seat in the U.S. House of Representatives to run for the U.S. Senate. Possible topics of discussion between the candidates are recognition for Native Hawaiians, the future of the Affordable Care Act and the unrest in Iraq.



INSIGHTS: Behind the Scenes of Democratic Candidates
for U.S. Congressional District 1

Take a look behind the scenes of INSIGHTS: Democratic Candidates for for U.S. Congressional Distric 1 with Mahealani Richardson.



Election 2014: Democratic Candidates for Governor

Thursday, July 3, 8:00 pm

Governor Neil Abercrombie and State Senator David Ige, the top Democratic candidates for Governor, will make their first televised joint appearance as candidates for Governor on INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII.

While Abercrombie has an incumbent's advantage, some polls show Ige – the most recent chairman of the Senate's powerful Ways and Means Committee – starting to pull ahead. With their campaigns in full swing before the August 9 primary election, the two will discuss their visions for Hawaii over the next four years.



INSIGHTS: Behind the Scenes of Democratic Candidates for Governor

Take a look behind the scenes of INSIGHTS: Democratic Candidates for Governor show with Mahealani Richardson.


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