Honolulu mayoral candidates duke it out in debate

Kirk Caldwell
Kirk Caldwell
Peter Carlisle
Peter Carlisle
Panos Prevedouros
Panos Prevedouros
Rod Tam
Rod Tam

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - This Saturday's election is winner take all for the Honolulu mayor's race and the candidates didn't hold anything back in the live 90 minute debate at the Blaisdell Center.

The first dart was thrown by Kirk Caldwell to Peter Carlisle over a dispute about the prosecutor's salary catching him in a contradiction on whether he did or did not ask for a pay raise in 2008.

"What you stated just a week ago was incorrect and you did ask for a pay increase and receive one, larger than any city official in 2008 is that correct?" asked Caldwell.

"It may have been 2008 because that was what (former Assistant Police Chief) Karl Godsey remembered, but (former Police Chief) Boisse Correa made it as 2009, it doesn't matter whether 2008 or 2009, I gave up close to $100,000 10 years ago and its never been returned because I didn't ask to get it back," responded Carlisle.

"You're picking another year which is the problem here. You seem to want to talk about the facts but you look like you want to run away from them when they're the facts you don't like," said Caldwell.

Caldwell then had to defend why some of the public employees he now oversees are getting raises in such a down economy.

"I do believe our police and firefighters deserve every penny of the raises and benefits they got. We're the safest big city in America for one reason only and that's our men and women in blue," said Caldwell.

Carlisle then questioned Panos Prevedouros about stopping the rail and going against the publicly approved vote.

"In 2006 72 percent said build bikeways, somebody ignored it.  Executive privilege has its privileges. The amendment we passed says shall, well I may shall do rail, but for now I don't shall have any money, because the money was shall taken for the sewers," said Prevedouros.  "The point is that is why I'm getting elected to really do the tough choices and stop the dinosaur before it kills us."

"Once the vote is certified it became the will of the people and you're telling me the will of the people means nothing and that ain't America thank God," said Carlisle.

"Whoa, whoa, whoa, that's the lawyer talking," responded Prevedouros.

The lightning round lightened things up a bit.  It also stumped some candidates and showed some personality as well.

"What is the general fund operating budget?" asked Keahi Tucker, Hawaii News Now Debate Moderator.

"The general fund operating budget? The dollar amount you're talking about?" asked Rod Tam, Mayoral Candidate.

"That's right," said Tucker.

"I'm sorry I don't recall at this time," said Tam.

"It's about a billion dollars," said Tucker.

"Pop quiz where is Lualualei?" Tucker asked Carlisle.

"It's right next to Lualualei," responded Carlisle.

"Oh you want to try again?" asked Tucker.

"I'm not good with area names," said Carlisle.

"Waianae," said Tucker.

"I know Waianae," laughed Carlisle.

"Who named Honolulu the capitol city?" asked Tucker.

"The capitol city was named by Kamehameha III in 1850," said Caldwell.

"Oh my. That is impressive," said Tucker.

"Let's talk theory.  It's 2020 you never became mayor your car breaks down in Kapolei would you catch the rail back into town?" asked Tucker.

"Never!" responded Prevedouros.

There were many more highlights in the debate.  If you want to see more there is a video link on the associated links section of this page.

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