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Mayor's Biography
Mayor Arakawa

Alan M. Arakawa
Kalana O Maui Bldg.
200 So. High St. 9th Floor
Wailuku, HI  96793

Ph: (808) 270-7855
Fax: (808) 270-7870

Mayor Alan M. Arakawa, Mayor of the County of Maui from 2002 to 2006 and 2011 to present.  He was born in Wailuku, Hawaii in 1951, graduated from Maui High School and attended the University of Hawai'i at Manoa 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 Hawai'i Government Employees Association Union Representative.

In 1994, Arakawa decided to make his first run for public office and, after a lot of hard work and effort, succeeded in being elected to the Maui County Council.   He 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 in a nonpartisan race to become Maui County Mayor.

Mayor Arakawa was reelected in 2010 and won. Then in 2014 he made Maui County history by becoming the first mayor to be re-elected to a third, non-consecutive term, as well as becoming the first mayor in 20 years to be elected to a second term.

Mayor Arakawa is married to wife Ann, a retired Assistant Professor of Mathematics at University of Hawai'i - Maui College and they are the parents of two grown daughters, Jan and Jodi.

In addition to establishing the Mayor Arakawa Community Kokua Fund in 2002, the mission of which is to provide financial assistance to groups and individuals in need, his community service involvement includes Hui Malama Learning Center, Maui Okinawa Kenjin Kai, Kiwanis International, and the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui.

During his spare time, Mayor Arakawa enjoys playing softball, bridge, and playing with his dog "Spot."

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