Small businessman Alan Fukuyama announced that he is running for the Kahului County Council seat.
"I am excited to be running for the Maui County Council. There are many tough issues facing our county, and I am proud to offer a lifetime of practical experience, a deep passion and a desire to ensure the policies of our government make sense," said Fukuyama. "I bring a balanced and respectful approach, and my priority will always be making decisions for the betterment of Maui County's long-term future."
He is running on a platform of "bringing common sense back to government." Fukuyama plans to push the issues of delivering truly affordable homes or rentals throughout Maui County, improving the water system, streamlining the building permit system, implementing curbside recycling, improving park facilities, expanding the public transportation system and developing economic drivers to help create jobs for Maui County residents.
Small businessman Alan Fukuyama announced that he is running for the Kahului County Council.
A candidate in 2008 and '10 for the Lahaina residency seat on the council, Fukuyama had to make some tough life changes in early 2011. His mother at age 90 experienced health complications and needed full-time assistance, which required him to move from Lahaina to Kahului.
Fukuyama expressed that "it was a tough decision to make the move from Lahaina to Kahului, because the West Side has such a strong community, awesome people and a deep sense of place. However, with family being so important to me, I needed the peace of mind that my mother has the care she needs."
"Sometimes life works in mysterious ways, and I believe things happen for a reason," he continued. "Although things did not work in my favor in the last election, it was a blessing in disguise to allow me to care for what is important in life, my family. Family should always come first."
Now that he is settled in Kahului, Fukuyama feels there are too many issues in Maui County that must be addressed.
"I am ready for a spirited campaign, and I look forward to the possibility of serving the people of Maui County," he said.
Fukuyama has worked with Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Maui and helped them to start a fishing contest for the organization. The second annual contest will be held in June 2012 with help from Lions Club members.