LAHAINA — Seeking to “make fair and good decisions that will benefit Maui County,” Alan Fukuyama is running for the West Maui seat on the County Council.
Fukuyama will battle Su Campos, Eve Clute, Elle Cochran, Zeke Kalua, Ke‘eaumoku Kapu and Paul Laub in the Primary Election on Sept. 18.
The two candidates that garner the most votes will advance to the General Election on Nov. 2.
Fukuyama, 55, said he has listened to residents’ concerns and feels he can make a difference in county government.
He pointed to the economy, jobs, low tourism, education, utilities and protecting natural resources as major issues in Maui County today.
The account executive for Canon Business Solutions can bring to the council the “ability to work with all groups of Maui County. A consultative approach to solving problems, involving everyone that can make a difference.”
Fukuyama believes Maui County can support the economy and create jobs by offering better incentives to small businesses, such as tax cuts for new hires. He also supports assisting local businesses in ad campaigns to bring tourists back to Maui.
We asked him what the county can do better in West Maui. “Give some relief to small businesses that have lost revenue due to the low visitor count. Continue to improve traffic flow from Kahului to Lahaina,” he noted.
Fukuyama graduated from Kaimuki High School on Oahu and University of Hawaii Maui College.
He has served with the Lions Club, Community Work Day, United Way and senior citizens’ groups.
Fukuyama ran for the same seat in the 2008 elections and has served on various political campaign committees throughout the last 20 years.
He wants to bring a new approach to the council.
“I am the candidate of choice because I bring a fresh new look to government. I’m going to work hard to bring Maui back to the prominent vacation destination it has always been,” he concluded.