Tuesday, August 11, 1998

By Ken Ige, Star-Bulletin
Bu La'ia , aka Kaui Hill, hamming it up
back in 1994.

Green Party
wants to give
Bu the boot

The Greens say he is not
eligible to be their
gubernatorial candidate

By Mike Yuen


The gubernatorial campaign of Bu La'ia, the goofy-faced comedy character who embodies political alienation, is coming to an end.

His running mate was disqualified yesterday, and Bu, whose alter ego is satirist Kaui Hill, is facing the same fate.

The Green Party has filed a complaint with Circuit Court, saying Bu can't be the Green nominee for governor because he is not a member of the party. Bu lied when, on his nomination papers, he stated that he was a member, said Ira Rohter, co-chairman of the Hawaii Green Party.

A hearing is scheduled for Monday before Circuit Judge Virginia Crandall.

"This is no longer funny," Rohter said. "This is the second time he's manipulated system. He's not a good role model for young people."

Four years ago, Bu was disqualified as a Democratic gubernatorial hopeful because Hill was then 28 years old, two years short of the age requirement for gubernatorial candidates.

State chief election officer Dwayne Yoshina said he disqualified K.K. Ka'umanua Jr., the election moniker for landscaper Kirk Bowman, after receiving "a very general letter" from Bowman's doctor that a political campaign would have "a negative impact on (Bowman's) health."

Rohter said Greens will not use an election provision that would allow them to name a replacement for Ka'umanua Jr.

That means even without the Greens' complaint to Circuit Court, Bu's candidacy would be struck down. Without Ka'umanua Jr., Bu would have no running mate for the general election.

The 46-year-old Bowman, the son of 1970s radio broadcaster Kent Bowman, who created the original K.K. Ka'umanua character, wanted out of the race once he discovered that the Greens were an actual party and that Bu's creation of a Ka'umanua Jr. might have infringed on his father's copyright of the K.K. Ka'umanua character.

Bu saw their candidacies as a way to make some money through the sale of T-shirts and bumper stickers, the younger Bowman has said.

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