Mayor recognized at West Maui meeting

Nine West Maui community groups proclaimed their appreciation for Mayor Alan M. Arakawa’s support for and interest in West Maui activities during the Jan. 10 West Maui Taxpayers Association annual meeting at the Lahaina Civic Center.

The groups were Lahaina Bypass Now!, Lahaina Complex After School Tutoring Project, Lahaina-Honolua Senior Citizens Club, Lahaina Restoration Foundation, LahainaTown Action Committee, Rotary Club of Lahaina, Soroptomists International of West Maui, West Maui Improvement Foundation and the West Maui Taxpayers Association.

The proclamation is posted to the WMTA website,, and the entire WMTA annual meeting will be rebroadcast several times on Akaku: Maui Community Television.

The mayor thanked all the groups. He explained that he was especially impressed by the effort to completely remodel the Lahaina Public Library with no public funding. He continued his remarks with some discussion of his agenda for the coming year. State Sen. Roz Baker and Rep. Angus McKelvey followed the mayor with legislative updates.

In the special presentations segment of the meeting, Stanford Carr of Stanford Carr Development LLC gave an update on the Kahoma Village affordable housing project; Joe Pluta, president of the West Maui Improvement Foundation, gave an update on the West Maui hospital; and Charlene Shibuya from the state Department of Transportation presented an update on the bypass and other DOT projects in West Maui.