It’s finally election night! It’s nearly over! Tonight, you’re going to be deluged with voter information: electoral vote counts, exit polls, early returns–and that’s just to determine who has the best Taco Tuesday specials.
Seriously, this is a close presidential race, and there are a lot of local races and ballot measures to watch. Here’s our guide to what’s going on tonight:
If you want a big show, head over to Akaku Headquarters (333 Dairy Rd., Kahului). They’re going to broadcast their coverage on a 16-foot LED screen. There will also be candidates and talking heads there for a lot of earnest banter about the campaign, their volunteers and how important it is that we show up at the polls. Kathy Collins and Jeff King will host. Those who can’t attend or just don’t want to leave the comforts of their living room (which we totally understand, given the quality of today’s modern furnishings), can just watch Akaku’s coverage live on cable channels 52, 53 and 54 (or you can listen them Great Depression style on KAKU 88.5 on your FM dial). Coverage starts at 6pm when the Hawaii polls close.
In the mood for something a bit more corporate? Then check out Wendy Osher and Fred Guzman of Pacific Radio Group for their election night coverage (in conjunction with UH Maui College). They’ll be on cable channel 55 as well as KNUI AM 900. Coverage begins at 5:30pm.
The Maui County Democratic Party usually puts out a pretty good spread at their headquarters (1942 Main St., Wailuku). They’ll open up about 6pm.
There isn’t much of a Republican Party presence on Maui, but there will be a gathering over at U.S. Senate candidate Lingle Lingle’s island headquarters (corner of Church and Main streets, Wailuku), probably starting about 6pm like everything else.
Most local candidates will be moving around or watching the election returns at home like everyone else, but Maui County Council candidate Don Guzman will throw a pretty big party over at his HQ, which for the night will be the rear parking lot of Chris Hart & Partners (corner of Vineyard and Market streets, Wailuku). They had a huge crowd and a ton of food Primary Election night, and should deliver at least as much tonight.
As for MauiTime, we’ll be roving around election night. You can keep track of us on this blog (mauifeed.com), Facebook (facebook.com/mauitime) and Twitter (@MauiTime, @Apignataro, @Tommyrusso, @Jenrusso)
Photo of Joe Garagiola and President Gerald Ford watching election returns: Gerald Ford Presidential Library/Wikimedia Commons