MAUI COUNTY (HawaiiNewsNow) - Maui Mayor Mike Victorino struck a message of making Maui a welcoming place early on in his State of the County address Tuesday evening.
“Maui must be a place where all of our ohana can live, thrive together,” he said.
Victorino was in front of a crowd at King Kekaulike High School Performing Arts Center to deliver his first State of the County as Maui mayor.
Among the top of his priorities, Victoria said he would focus on affordable housing along with pedestrian safety, and boosting the tourism industry.
“We know we are living in paradise and that comes at a high price. A low inventory and high demand have pushed prices beyond what most working people can afford. Half of Maui county households do not make living wage and have difficulty paying housing child care food and healthcare,” he said in his address.
He added that at the end of 2018, the median sale price for a Maui county home skyrocketed to $710,000.
In the speech, Victorino also addressed his nominations for several department directors, saying eight of 11 have been confirmed by the county council.
“It’s been tough on our department appointees, their families, and the department staff. But we understand that council members have to do their job, and I’m thankful for that.”
He went on to say how he and the council may not always agree, but “we need to have faith in the process and move to serve the people of Maui County.”