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Mayor Arakawa

My wife, Ann, and I are deeply saddened by the recent tragedies that have fallen upon the people of Japan. We wish to express our deepest condolences to all the victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Over the next few weeks and months, many different organizations will be putting together important relief programs that will help deliver much needed funding to the rebuilding efforts in Japan. It is important that we, as a community, provide whatever support we may be able to afford to help these desperate people.

While monetary support is critical, we must also consider the importance of mental support for the survivors. For that reason, my family and I are helping to support this new initiative that will help spread the true spirit of Aloha to the survivors in Japan.

The Aloha Initiative is a program focused on offering respite through an organized homestay program where survivors will be matched with willing host families for predetermined periods of time. Our goal is to provide survivors with an opportunity to get away and recharge themselves both physically and mentally.

In light of thousands of people having lost their homes and some even having lost their entire families, we are reaching out to people who are willing to open their hearts and their homes. We are certain that, if the situation were reversed and we were experiencing such tragedy, the people of Japan would reach out in a similar way to help our community.

I urge you to take a moment to learn more about this powerful program that will help us spread the spirit of Aloha. I also humbly ask that you consider becoming a part of the Aloha Initiative by volunteering and showing your Aloha to our friends in Japan that have suffered so much. Please show your support by signing up at alohainitiative.com.

Mahalo,

Alan M. Arakawa
Mayor
Maui County, HI


Biography:
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 is married to wife Ann, an 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.