County of Maui, State of Hawaii
Alan M. Arakawa served as Maui County Mayor from 2002 to 2006 and was re-elected in 2011 and 2014, making him the first Maui mayor to serve consecutive terms since Linda Lingle won re-election in 1994. Arakawa was born in Wailuku, Hawaii in 1951, graduated from Maui High School and attended the University of Hawaii at Mānoa as a business major. He entered civil service in 1984 as a wastewater plant worker for Maui County and became a supervisor in the wastewater division of the Department of Public Works. He was both a United Public Workers Chief Steward and a Hawaii Government Employees Association Union Representative. In 1994, he made his first run for public office. He succeeded in being elected to the Maui County Council and was re-elected in 1996 and 2000. During his time on the Council, he served as Chair of the Planning, Parks and Land Use committees. He also spearheaded the movement to create nonpartisan elections for Maui County government seats. In November 2002, he decided to run for Mayor of Maui County and was elected Mayor in a nonpartisan race. Mayor Arakawa’s background in environmental management, coupled with his passion for sustainability, has guided him in his efforts to develop renewable energy sources in Maui County. Additionally, under his leadership the County has appropriated funds for numerous capital improvement projects to repair and upgrade Maui County’s aging water, wastewater and other critical infrastructure systems. Mayor Arakawa believes that the islands’ energy future must include locally produced sources of energy, including solar, wind, biofuel and other types of renewable energy. He advocates the goal of generating all of the energy from renewable sources, and developing storage capacity.