Mayor's Biography

Mayor Alan M. Arakawa served as Maui County Mayor from 2002 to 2006 and was re-elected in 2011 and 2014, making him the first Maui Mayor to serve consecutive terms since Linda Lingle won re-election in 1994.

Mayor Arakawa was born in Wailuku, Hawai‘i in 1951, graduated from Maui High School and attended the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa as a business major. He entered civil service in 1984 as a wastewater plant worker for Maui County and became a supervisor in the wastewater division of the Department of Public Works. He was both a United Public Workers Chief Steward and a Hawai’i Government Employees Association Union Representative.

In 1994, Arakawa made his first run for public office. He succeeded in being elected to the Maui County Council and was re-elected in 1996 and 2000.  During his time on the Council, he served as Chair of the Planning, Parks and Land Use committees. He also spearheaded the movement to create nonpartisan elections for Maui County government seats.  In November 2002, he decided to run for Mayor of Maui County and was elected Mayor in a nonpartisan race.

Mayor Arakawa’s background in environmental management, coupled with his passion for sustainability, has guided him in his efforts to develop renewable energy sources in Maui County. Additionally, under his leadership the County has appropriated funds for numerous capital improvement projects to repair and upgrade Maui County’s aging water, wastewater and other critical infrastructure systems.

Mayor Arakawa believes that the our islands’ energy future must include locally produced sources of energy, including solar, wind, biofuel and other types of renewable energy. He feels strongly that the billions of dollars spent annually by Hawaii residents on imported oil can be redirected to productive use by our residents.  Mayor Arakawa advocates the goal of generating all of our energy from renewable sources, and developing storage capacity. Currently, Maui County generates approximately 35% of its energy from renewable sources, which is a 20% increase from 2011 when Mayor Arakawa took office.

Mayor Arakawa is married to wife Ann, a retired Assistant Professor of Mathematics at University of Hawai’i – Maui College.  They are the parents of two grown daughters, Jan and Jodi. Mayor Arakawa remains actively involved with a number of non-profit organizations, and founded the Mayor Arakawa Community Kokua Fund in 2002 to provide financial assistance to groups and individuals in need.