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East Maui

Nick Nikhilananda

Age: 63
Job: Maui County Council candidate
Background: Former substitute teacher, Department of Education on Maui; producer/host of Maui Talks-TV

What is the most pressing quality of life issue, and what would you do about it?

The stratification of the community, with high end homes and commercial development in stark contrast to the lives of many local families. Without a living wage, too many individuals spend much of their time making enough to live, with visitors and the increasing wealthy residents affecting our quality of life.

What is the most important issue facing Maui County, and how would you address it?

Overdevelopment of agricultural subdivisions, thus losing valuable farming land, is negatively impacting our quality of life. High-end housing, the lack of affordable accommodations with sufficient infrastructure, plus lack of enough water affects every resident of the community. Develop water resources, along with workforce housing, while protecting our agricultural lands.