Interview with former mayor to be televised

An interview with former Speaker of the House and Maui County Mayor Elmer Cravalho, done in May 2014, will be televised for the first time today, per his instructions.

The Maui News

An interview with the late Elmer Cravalho, a former speaker of the House and Maui County mayor, will be televised for the first time on the show “Preserving Our Recollections” on the University of Hawaii Maui College cable channel this weekend.

The interview was hosted by former Maui District Superintendent of Education Darrell Oishi in May 2014, a UH-Maui College announcement said. Cravalho, who died June 27, requested that the interview not be televised until after his passing. He was 90 years old.

He served in the territorial and state House from 1954 to 1967 — as speaker from 1958 to 1967 — and was Maui County chairman for two years, becoming mayor when Maui switched to a mayor-council system in 1969. He remained mayor until 1979.

Cravalho was born in 1926 to Manuel and Mary Cravalho. He attended Keokea School, Maui High and the University of Hawaii, but returned home in 1946 just short of a college degree to help fill a need for teachers on Maui. In 1954, he co-founded the Kula Credit Union.

The show will be televised on Oceanic Time Warner cable Channel 354 and digital Channel 27.55 at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through April, beginning today. The program also may be streamed live at — click on the MCTV link at the top of the page.