Candidates Take Stage At Conventions

WAIKIKI (KHNL): The election season has officially begun. As both Democratic and Republican parties kick off their three-day state conventions.

Both conventions in Waikiki. While the Democrats are getting a lot of attention with multiple candidates running for one seat, the Republicans are focusing on re-electing the governor. The biggest battle in the democratic party will be against Senator Daniel Akaka and U.S. Representative Ed Case.

"We talk about our future but we dwell in the past," says Case.

"I believe hawaii needs the seniority, experience and wisdom that we can muster in Washington D.C.," says U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka.

The 81-year old Senator has been in Congress since 1976.

"I'm running for re-election. That's why i need your support. that's why i need your vote," says Akaka.

His opponent, 53 year old Case, has served in both the State and U.S. House since 1994.

"We understand best of how to get from what is to what should be," says Case.

Both Democratic and Republican parties are rallying the troops for this year's election season.

At the Republican convention just a few blocks away, red white and blue balloons filled the convention room.

The focus here is on the re-election of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

"People are really optimistic about the future and they're glad how things are going in the state right now. But we'd like to have more people elected in the State House and Senate," says Governor Linda Lingle.

The Democrats want to win the governor's seat, and keep their hold on Congress.

"There is a difference between Democrats and Republicans. Look at priorities. Look at our positions on issues. Look at our committment results," says Akaka.

The Democratic convention is at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The Republicans are at the Sheraton Waikiki. Both conventions wrap up on Sunday.