Kilauea eruption, management dominate gubernatorial forum in Kona

  • Community members listen to speakers at the Gubernatorial Candidate Forum Friday evening at Kealakehe High School. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Gubernatorial candidates express their platforms at the Community Forum Friday evening at Kealakehe High School. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Gubernatorial candidate Colleen Hanabusa expresses her platform at the Community Forum Friday evening at Kealakehe High School. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Gubernatorial incumbant David Ige expresses his platform at the Community Forum Friday evening at Kealakehe High School. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Gubernatorial candidates express their platforms Friday evening at the Community Forum at Kealakehe High School. From top: John Carroll, Colleen Hanabusa, incumbent Gov. David Ige and Andria Tupola. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Gubernatorial candidate Andria Tupola expresses her platform at the Community Forum Friday evening at Kealakehe High School. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Gubernatorial candidates Colleen Hanabusa, left, Gov. David Ige, John Carroll and Andria Tupola express their platforms at the Community Forum Friday evening at Kealakehe High School. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — Hawaii’s next governor will face a host of challenges but where the Big Island is concerned, one issue stands a literal mountain above the rest.