Mayor of Maui County

The Mayor of Maui County is the chief executive officer of the County of Maui in the state of Hawaii. He or she has municipal jurisdiction over the islands of Kahoolawe, Lanai, Maui and Molokai. The Mayor of Maui County is the successor of the Royal Governor of Maui of the Kingdom of Hawaii.

The current mayor of Maui County is former Maui County Council member Michael Victorino, who was first elected in November 2018. He was preceded by Alan Arakawa, who was first elected in November 2003, then voted out of office in 2006, and re-elected in 2010.[1] Prominent former mayors include Linda Lingle, the sixth governor of Hawaii and first woman governor, who was mayor from 1991 to 1999.

Mayor of Maui County
Maui County hi seal
Michael Victorino

since January 2, 2019
Inaugural holderElmer Cravalho
FormationJanuary 2, 1969

List of Maui County Mayors

Mayor Term Begins Term Ends Notes
Elmer Cravalho January 2, 1969[2] July 24, 1979[2] First Mayor of Maui
Hannibal Tavares October 1979[3] January 2, 1991 Tavares won a special election in October 1979 following Cravalho's resignation in July.[3][4]
Linda Lingle January 2, 1991 January 2, 1999
James "Kimo" Apana January 2, 1999 January 2, 2003
Alan Arakawa January 2, 2003 January 2, 2007
Charmaine Tavares January 2, 2007 January 2, 2011
Alan Arakawa January 2, 2011 January 2, 2019
Michael Victorino January 2, 2019 Present


  1. ^ "Mayoral candidate profiles for Maui". Lahaina News. 2010-09-16. Archived from the original on 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  2. ^ a b "Maui County Council Resolution 79-96". Maui County Council. 1979-08-03. Archived from the original on 2016-06-28. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
  3. ^ a b Perry, Brian (2014-08-10). "Arakawa to face Paltin in the fall". Maui County Council. Archived from the original on 2014-08-16. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
  4. ^ Wilson, Christie (2008-06-24). "Last Isle mayoral vacancy was in 1990". Honolulu Advertiser. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
2018 Hawaii gubernatorial election

The 2018 Hawaii gubernatorial election took place on November 6, 2018, to elect the Governor of Hawaii and Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii.

After prevailing in an intensely competitive primary election on August 11, 2018, incumbent Democratic Governor David Ige ran successfully for re-election to a second term in office, considerably improving on his margin of victory from 2014, in which he only won a plurality. Ige's vote share of 62.67% is the highest of any gubernatorial candidate in Hawaiian history surpassing the previous record of 62.53% set by Linda Lingle in 2006.

Alan Arakawa

Alan M. Arakawa (born 1951) is an American politician who served as the fifth and seventh mayor of the County of Maui in Hawaii.

Hula Bowl

The Hula Bowl was an independently administered post-season invitational college football game held annually in Hawaii from 1947 to 2008, usually in January. The game was last played at Aloha Stadium in the Halawa district of Honolulu. At one point the longest-running sporting event in Hawaii, it had been considered a premier venue to launch professional careers in the National Football League (NFL).

Kalani Pe'a

Kalani Peʻa (born April 13, 1983) is a two-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter of Hawaiian music. He released his first album, E Walea, in 2016, which won the 2017 Grammy award for "Best Regional Roots Music Album". Peʻa released his second album, No ʻAneʻi, in 2018, which won the Grammy Award for Best Regional Roots Music Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

Peʻa is also an educator, a kanaka, and promotes Hawaiian language and culture. He is a supporter of Hawaiian language immersion school program.

Linda Lingle

Linda Lingle (née Cutter; June 4, 1953) is an American politician, who was the sixth governor of Hawaii from 2002 until 2010. She was the first Republican governor of Hawaii since 1962. Lingle was also the first female governor of Hawaii and its first Jewish governor. Prior to serving as governor, Lingle served as Maui County mayor, council member, and chair of the Hawaii Republican Party.

During the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City, Lingle served as chair of the convention during the absence of permanent chair Dennis Hastert from the convention floor. In 2012, she was the Republican nominee for the United States Senate, vying unsuccessfully for an open seat vacated by retiring U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka.In January 2015, Lingle was appointed as a senior adviser to Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, and left the position in July 2016. She also served on the Governors’ Council of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C. Lingle moved back to Hawaii in the second quarter of 2017 and became a member of Hawaii Pacific University's board of trustees in June 2017.

Maui County, Hawaii

Maui County, officially the County of Maui, is a county in the U.S. state of Hawaii. It consists of the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai (except for a portion of Molokai that comprises Kalawao County), Kahoolawe, and Molokini. The latter two are uninhabited. As of the 2010 census, the population was 154,834. The county seat is Wailuku.Maui County is included in the Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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