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Maui Mayor

Alan M. Arakawa*

Age: 62
Job: Maui County mayor
Background: Former Maui County councilman; Maui Okinawan Club past president; Maui Economic Opportunity board director

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

The most pressing challenge is to keep the essence of Maui, despite the growing pressures to change in many directions. It is important for our people to feel safe and comfortable and to be friendly with strangers with a handshake or smile and to get a favorable response back.

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

Every issue is most important to the person facing it. As mayor, we deal with a multitude of challenges brought to us. No one issue overrides another. Our job is to address them, one at a time, as best as we can, while working simultaneously on the greater community issues.