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Mayor supports renaming of road

The Maui News

Mayor Michael Victorino is urging Gov. David Ige to sign a bill that would rename Airport Access Road in Kahului in honor of the late former Maui County Mayor Elmer Cravalho.

“Elmer Cravalho was an iconic and visionary leader from Maui County who played pivotal roles as Hawaii moved from being a U.S. territory to the 50th state in 1959,” Victorino said in a news release Friday.

Cravalho was vice speaker of the territorial House of Representatives in 1954, and then speaker of the House in 1959, a position he held until 1967, according to Senate Bill 651, which was proposed by Maui Sens. Gil Keith-Agaran and J. Kalani English as well as Hawaii island Sen. Lorraine Inouye and Oahu Sen. Chris Lee.

The Paia-born political leader became Maui County’s first mayor and served until July 24, 1979.

“Mayor Cravalho’s historical importance to Maui County cannot be underestimated,” Victorino said. “He set the stage for the growth of tourism as Hawaii entered the jet age in the 1960s and 1970s. He is credited for much of Maui’s development, including the planning of resort areas in West and South Maui.”

Airport Access Road opened less than a month after his death on June 27, 2016.

To view the status of SB 651 and other measures, visit governor.hawaii.gov/2021-bills/.

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