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KAHULUI, Maui (KHNL) - Mayor Alan Arakawa will not be serving a second four year term. Challenger Charmaine Tavares, who earned the endorsement of Hawaii's senior senator Daniel Inouye, won with 51 percent of the vote.
The daughter of former Maui County mayor Hannbial Tavares is serving her 5th term on the Maui County Council. She's certainly no newcomer to politics, and she is keenly aware of the primary issues that effect almost everyone on the Valley Isle. Chief among them, traffic and the skyrocketing cost of housing.
"The last two mayors now have only served one term. The reason they served one term is because people were dissatisfied with what they did. They didn t get the results people wanted. The people today are a whole lot smarter than they were a while back, so we have got to get results and we've got to get them quick" said Tavares.
"We've done the very best job we can and we are hopeful Charmaine will come in and complete out the jobs we started. We've got a very good working relationship with her, so I'm sure we'll make a very smooth transition" said Arakawa.
For her part, Tavares says it's time to form an inclusive administration. As she puts it, she wants her constituents to step in and be part of the solution to make Maui a better place to live, work and play.