Arakawa receives endorsements from firefighters, public workers and electricians unions

Mayor Alan Arakawa was recently endorsed by the Hawaii Fire Fighters Association, Plumbers and Fitters Local 675, United Public Workers AFSCME Local 646, and Local Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1186.

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Arakawa files nomination papers officially entering the mayoral race




Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa officially entered the 2014 mayor's race by filing his nomination papers at the County Clerk's office this morning.

Accompanied by his wife Ann and a small group of his supporters, the mayor said he hoped that he and his team had done enough over the last four years to earn the trust, confidence and a vote of support from the people of Maui, Moloka`i and Lāna`i.

"It has been a busy four years, but good, productive ones," said Mayor Arakawa. "We focused on improving our utilities, roads, water and sewers, and being more accessible and transparent to the general public.  We've expanded our Maui Bus system, fixed park bathrooms, offered more county services online, and installed more solar PV panels on our county rooftops.


Maui County has always been a great place to live, but we are committed to making it the best community that it can be for everyone."


Mayor Arakawa said upcoming priorities include obtaining the land needed to build a new county Service Center, totally rehabilitating broken roads such as Hansen and Kokomo with federal funding, and preserving more coastal areas for future generations.

"There's also affordable housing on Lāna`i, affordable rentals in Upcountry, and a new police station on Moloka`i to build.  We have a lot more to do and, hopefully, get the time to do them."

Various union organizations have given Mayor Arakawa their early endorsement for re-election, including the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 142 as well as the member unions of the Hawaii Construction Alliance: the Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters; the Hawaii Masons Union, Local 1 and Local 630; the Laborers International Union of North America, Local 368; and the Operating Engineers, Local Union No. 3.

"Mayor Arakawa is committed to the people of Maui County.  He has the experience, the knowledge, the passion and the commitment, and we are very proud to be supporting him for his second consecutive term," said Friends of Alan Arakawa Campaign Chair Lynn Araki-Regan. "Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to get involved as a volunteer for the campaign; we are excited to get this election season underway."

For more details on how to get involved with the campaign, visit or contact Araki-Regan at or (808) 280-1299.

Hawaii Construction Alliance Endorses Arakawa for Re-Election as Maui Mayor

For Immediate Release
December 10, 2013

Tyler Dos Santos-Tam
Executive Director, Hawaii Construction Alliance
(808) 348-8885

Hawaii Construction Alliance Endorses Arakawa for Re-Election as Maui Mayor

WAILUKU - The Hawaii Construction Alliance announced its endorsement today of Alan Arakawa for re-election as Maui County Mayor.

The Hawaii Construction Alliance is comprised of the Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters; the Hawaii Masons Union, Local 1 and Local 630; the Laborers’ International Union of North America, Local 368; and the Operating Engineers, Local Union No. 3. Together, the four member unions of the Hawaii Construction Alliance represent 15,000 working men and women statewide in the four basic crafts of Hawaii’s construction industry.

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Important dates... Please mark your calendars. MAHALO!

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Mayor Arakawa Officially Announces Re-Election Campaign

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa made it official tonight. He announced he will be running for re-election next year.

Arakawa made the announcement before more than a hundred supporters at Lihikai Elementary School cafeteria as he stood hand-in-hand with his wife Ann. During his re-election speech he cited how far Maui County has come under his administration, and now with the government shutdown, how much further they had to go.

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April County on Your Corner at Keiki Fest

Mayor Alan Arakawa's next "County on Your Corner" will be held on Saturday, April 13, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Valley Isle Keiki Fest on the great lawn of the University of Hawai`i - Maui College campus.

"It is important to connect with the community," says Arakawa. "'County on Your Corner,' which is typically scheduled in a different location each month, is a good way for members of my cabinet and me to interact with community members on the issues that are of most interest to them."

Joining Arakawa at this month’s "County on Your Corner" event will be Councilmember Don Couch, Managing Director Keith Regan, Finance Director Danny Agsalog, Transportation Deputy Director Marc Takamori, Planning Deputy Director Michele McLean, and Public Works Deputy Director Rowena Dagdag-Andaya.

For more information, call 280-1299.



Call For Participants: The Mayor’s Challenge, A Healthy Adventure!

The main event for the 2013 Maui County Health and Wellness Program will be a lively and fun-filled adventure suitable for the whole family.

The Office of Mayor Alan Arakawa, the Nutrition and Physical Activity Coalition (NPAC) and Queen Kaahumanu Center are inviting all Maui County employees, businesses, individuals and organizations to register for the “Mayor's Challenge: A Healthy Adventure,” scheduled for Saturday April 20, 2013 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Queen Kaahumanu Center.

This Healthy Adventure Challenge will test participants' teamwork, mental and strategic skills by solving tasks and puzzles and moving on to the next clue. The first team to successfully complete the Grand Finale Challenge wins five round-trip inter-island airfares courtesy of Mokulele Airlines; more prizes will be announced. Challenge partners include Red Door Portrait, Yogurtland, Macy’s and Sears

"Fitness isn't just physical health, it's also mental health," said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “The challenge is designed for team members to learn as much as they can about health and wellness so anyone eager to learn can join. We are happy to create an event where participants gain knowledge and appreciation for a healthy lifestyle, integrating health and wellness in our daily living.”

Please note that while this is a competition, participants are warned that they will not be allowed to run in the mall. Safety is of utmost importance, and game marshals will be on hand to make sure this rule is strictly enforced.

Anyone interested in participating in the Mayor’s Challenge may pre-register by sending team members’ names to A $25 registration fee payable to Valley Isle Road Runners will cover team shirts and Challenge Packets, which include solar-powered pedometers from Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, water from Menehune Water and healthy goodies from Maui’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Coalition. More details are available online at

The Mayor’s Challenge will be limited to the first 50 teams; registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Kit at or call (808) 270-8299.



Rain Garden Workshop, Project at Wahikuli Wayside Park

The County of Maui Department of Parks & Recreation is partnering with the West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative to offer a free rain garden classroom workshop followed by the installation of a demonstration rain garden at Wahikuli Wayside Park.

The free workshop will be held Friday, March 15 at Lahaina Civic Center from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. The classroom session will include detailed information for landscapers, designers, maintenance care providers and anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of rain gardens.

On Saturday, March 16, a free hands-on training will be held at Wahikuli Wayside Park from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The training will include the installation of a demonstration rain garden at Wahikuli Wayside Park and will feature a variety of native plants, such as Akulikuli, Pohuehue, Naio Papa, ‘Ilima Papa, and Dwarf Naupaka. The plants are being donated by the County of Maui Department of Water Supply for the Wahikuli garden.

The public is invited to attend either, or both sessions; lunch will be provided for participants on Saturday.

A rain garden is a strategically located, low-lying area planted with native vegetation that intercepts runoff so pollutants can be captured and filtered. The technique is praised as being a low-tech, affordable means to mimic the way nature processes water. Rain gardens are increasingly being used by homeowners and municipalities to reduce the impact of storm water on near-shore waters.

“Once there were coastal marshlands on Maui that intercepted runoff before it damaged our reefs,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “That is one of the reasons why we approved the purchase of 64 acres of undeveloped coastal wetlands in Paukukalo and want to create miles of coastal parkland in West Maui. Maui County would not be the same without our coral reef ecosystem. This is one way that we can all work together to help keep that critical ecosystem healthy.”

Jeff Anderson, Parks District Supervisor for West Maui, said that the department is “happy to showcase this technology in the park. Since the rain garden will be located next to the new walking path, a lot of people are likely to see the garden, read the educational sign and feel good that we are doing a little extra to treat the shower runoff.”

According to Tova Callender, West Maui Watershed and Coastal Management Coordinator, pollutants such as hydrocarbons and metals from vehicles, nutrients, sediments and rubbish accumulate between storm events in urban areas. Impervious surfaces such as roads, parking lots and roofs generate runoff and carry pollutants to the storm drain system which runs, untreated, to the ocean.

“It’s important that we integrate new ways to filter pollutants and increase water filtration to improver the health of coral reefs and the ocean, and rain gardens can help accomplish just that, by intercepting overland flow and improving the quality of runoff,” Callender said. “Our hope is that those who attend the workshop will be trained and inspired to create more rain gardens throughout Maui.”

The West Maui Ridge to Reef (R2R) Initiative is an all- encompassing approach across multiple agencies, organizations and jurisdictions to address adverse impacts to coral reefs in West Maui. Funding for the rain garden design, installation and training was provided by NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program.

To register for the workshop or for more information, please contact Watershed Coordinator Tova Callender at ph. (808) 214-4239 or via email: Online:



Grand Opening of Leash-Free Dog Park in Central Maui

Mayor Alan Arakawa and the County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation are happy to announce the official opening of Central Maui's first leash-free dog park at Keopuolani Park. The grand opening and blessing will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 16. The public is invited to attend with their dogs.

The dog park features two fenced areas, one for large dogs and another for dogs less than 25 pounds. The accessible drinking fountain has two fountains for people and one ground-level fountain for dogs. The park will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

"Our community needs this kind of park, because as our population grows, so does the number of pets," said Mayor Alan Arakawa. "It is important for dogs to get exercise and this park will provide animal lovers this opportunity. I hope that responsible dog owners will use this park as a place where their pets can roam free. And when they are not using the park I encourage them to keep their dogs on a leash when they go to the beach, on hiking trails or in other public areas. As dog owners, we are responsible for the actions of our pets."

The dog park can be accessed from Kanaloa Avenue by turning into the park on Keopuolani Parkway. The parking lot is located near the perimeter of the YMCA property; a crosswalk leads to the dog park.

Dog enthusiasts welcomed the news at an organizational meeting held January 29, and volunteers are being recruited to help support the new park. As a new feature in Parks, the Department would like to educate the community on proper dog park etiquette. Volunteer recruitment is being coordinated by Parks employee Sue Kiang, who can be reached by calling 270-7329.



County Awards First Round of Small Town Planning Grants

The Planning Department has announced several awards for its new “small town planning” grant program and has set the deadlines for the next rounds of awards.

Four projects will receive funding in this first round of awards:

Makawao Town Improvements – an estimated $22,000 will fund the purchase of benches, trash and recycling receptacles, gateway landscaping and gateway signs. Co-applicants: Makawao Community Association and the Makawao Merchants’ Association.

Lahaina Second Fridays – an estimated $5,000 will be used to secure block closures for several upcoming Second Friday parties; if these closures are successful, then private sources will fund them for future events. Applicant: Lahaina Town Action Committee.

Experience Historic Lahaina – an estimated $18,000 will fund this weekend event to commemorate the completion of two community-based planning projects – the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Museum and Orientation Center at the Old Lahaina Courthouse and the IMAGINE waterfront project. Applicant: Lahaina Restoration Foundation.

Kou Land Use Plan and Design – an estimated $22,000 will be used for two planning and design workshops for the Waiehu-Waihee community that will result in a conceptual land use plan and rendering for active recreational uses including trails, bike paths, community garden, gathering place and community pavilion. The applicant is the Waiehu Kou Phase 3 Association.

"Maui County is dedicated to preserving our island's heritage, one small town at a time," said Mayor Alan Arakawa. "These are good projects for our communities and I am sure there will be more to come in the future."

A total of $243,000 was budgeted for Fiscal Year 2013 for the Department to issue grants for projects that would provide direct benefits to one of Maui County’s small towns. These towns are identified as Haiku, Hana, Kaunakakai, Keokea-Waiakoa, Lahaina, Lanai City, Makawao, Paia, Waihee, Waikapu and Wailuku. The Department has requested proposals in the range of $22,000 each to offer each town an equal chance at awards.

The following towns are eligible for second-round awards, because they did not receive awards in the first round: Haiku, Hana, Kaunakakai, Keokea-Waiakoa, Lanai City, Paia, Waikapu and Wailuku. The deadline for second-round applications is Thursday, March 14, 2013. Second-round awards will be announced soon thereafter. If any funding remains after the second-round awards, a third round will be open to any eligible town.

According to the RFP, projects have to meet several criteria: direct benefit to the town, collaboration and community engagement, accountability of the applicant, project “ripeness,” proposed budget, manageable term and scope, and outreach.



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