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Carroll laid up since late August, to return Oct. 15

ROBERT CARROLL – Council member had major surgery

The Maui News

Maui County Council Member Robert Carroll is in “recovery mode” at home in Hana following major surgery in late August.

“I’m getting better now. I just have to take it easy, so I don’t mess up what they fixed,” he said Tuesday. “I look forward to getting back on Oct. 15, Monday.”

Carroll, 74, apologized for missing more than a month of work.

But the East Maui residency council member added that he has been working with his office staff along with the Office of Council Services during his absence. Carroll, who chairs the Land Use Committee, said Vice Chairman Riki Hokama has picked up the slack and has been running the committee meetings in his absence.

“We haven’t fallen behind too badly,” he said.

The major surgery involved Carroll’s stomach and colon and other areas, he said, adding that it was “more major than we all thought.”

He said there was a growth in his bowel that had to be removed. It was not cancerous, he said.

Carroll was released from Maui Memorial Medical Center on Sept. 27 after having surgery on Aug. 30. He still is making follow-up visits to the doctor’s office.

Carroll, the council’s vice chairman, is not seeking re-election. In announcing his retirement in February, he said he wanted to spend more time with his family and a dozen grandchildren. He also wanted to be more involved in community service in Hana.

Carroll has served two stints on the council, from 2001 to 2006 and from 2011 to the present.

His daughter, Claire Kamalu Carroll, is running for the seat. She is being challenged by Shane Sinenci in the Nov. 6 general election.

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