UPDATED* Investigative committee says Hawaii lawmaker's actions "direct, serious or egregious" violation of party bylaws.
Citing financial difficulties, Honolulu City Councilman Donovan Dela Cruz drops out of the race for Honolulu mayor and instead announces candidacy for former state Sen. Robert Bunda's seat.
Mayor Mufi Hannemann is expected to resign today so he can run for governor. When he does, the City Council will pick the date for voters to elect his replacement. It could take place in September or November, and the fate of at least five mayoral candidates is at stake.
Five men participated in the first mayoral debate Friday, and five characters emerged: Kirk "The Engine" Caldwell, Peter "The Straight-Shooter" Carlisle, Donovan "The Dealmaker" Dela Cruz, Panos "The Pragmatist" Prevedouros and Rod "The Politician" Tam.
The issue that defined Mayor Mufi Hannemann's campaigns and tenure still at center of race as five candidates vie for his office. Friday will be the first forum for debate among Kirk Caldwell, Peter Carlisle, Donovan Dela Cruz, Panos Prevedouros and Rod Tam.