Report failed to mention one former MEO leader

A report on the recent 41st annual Kupuna Aloha Luncheon sponsored by Maui Economic Opportunity (The Maui News, Aug. 7) mentioned the attendance of all the previous executive directors or CEOs of the organization. One of them was not mentioned – Paul Pladera. He was not at the luncheon.

Pladera joined MEO in 1968 and served as director of Child and Family Development. He became MEO’s third executive director following Joe Souki’s election as Hawaii state representative in 1982. (The title was changed to CEO when Sandy Baz became executive director.)

Paul, whom I had the privilege of working with in many community activities, was quite prominent in public affairs. He was a member of the Maui County Charter Commission (1966-67), which formulated the first charter that was approved by Maui voters in 1967. The charter abolished the Board of Supervisors and instituted the mayor-County Council form of municipal government for the County of Maui. The charter took full effect on Jan. 2, 1969, with the swearing in of Elmer F. Cravalho as the county’s first mayor together with nine council members elected in the 1968 general election.

Paul also served as a member of the 1981-82 Maui County Charter Commission.

Tony Ramil

Maui Meadows