HONOLULU, HAWAII – On Wednesday, Oct. 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Olelo Community Media’s Channel 49 will be Oahu’s exclusive live TV outlet for the first public gubernatorial forum in the general election between candidates Neil Abercrombie and James “Duke” Aiona.

The forum, entitled “Focus 2010: A Gubernatorial Conversation,” will be held on Maui and is being presented by the Maui Economic Development Board and Hawaii Public Radio in coordination with Akaku Community Television. No other Oahu TV stations will telecast the event live.

Olelo will also stream this event live at www.olelo.org. Olelo has been a longtime supporter of community education and political engagement. To encourage greater awareness of the issues and candidates this campaign season, for the three weeks beginning Oct. 11 through the Nov. 2 general election, Olelo will devote nine hours per day, seven days per week to election programming on Channel 49.

Programming includes Olelo’s exclusive Candidates in Focus, which features up-to-five-minute presentations by all participating candidates running for public office on Oahu. Candidate debates, forums on specific issues of interest, and other programs organized by candidates, community interest groups and non-candidate members of the public on issues of importance to our community are also featured on channel 49.

Online Viewing at Olelo.net

The gubernatorial forum, as well as other election-related programming, will also be available for online viewing after Oct. 6 by visiting www.olelo.org/vote

Submitted by Olelo – Established in 1989, Olelo Community Media is a private, nonprofit provider of community access television services and resources on Oahu. It is committed to building, convening and strengthening communities and providing a voice for people to share their stories and ideas about issues of importance to foster community engagement and well-being. Olelo’s mission is to strengthen our island voices and advance community engagement through innovative media. For more information, visit www.olelo.org

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