Aiona wins backing from Maui hotel association

HONOLULU (AP) - The Maui Hotel and Lodging Association is backing Republican gubernatorial contender James "Duke" Aiona.

The group's endorsement was announced Wednesday by Aiona's campaign.

Association Executive Director Carol Reimann says the visitor industry is the largest employer of Maui County residents and it needs a government cognizant of its needs.

The group has about 40 members who own hotel and other lodging properties, and 80 other allied members, such as banks and restaurants.

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