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Storm cancels Democrats’ Hilo election eve rally

  • CTY Hirono at Mooheau - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mazie Hirono greeted the crowd at Hilo's Mooheau Park bandstand during the Democratic Party Grand Rally last night. A step behind her is her husband Leighton. Star-Bulletin photo by Rod Thompson. 2002 Nov. 4.

Democrats have canceled their traditional election eve rally in Hilo because of the approaching storms.

Democratic candidates typically gather at the Mooheau Bandstand in Hilo for a get-out-the-vote event on the night before elections.

Sarah Beamer, the executive director of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, said Hawaii Island Democrats chose to cancel the Friday event due to safety reasons.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie had urged for the cancellation. “I do not do so lightly,” the governor said in a statement. “I understand fully the history and tradition of this event. However, my primary responsibility is to ensure that residents stay safe.”

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