This year, Mayor Alan Arakawa raised funds for the annual American Heart Association's Heart Walk by walking eight miles in under two hours and 30 minutes.
Mayor Arakawa formed a team from Maui to join approximately 22,000 runners at the Great Aloha Run this past President's Day in Honolulu. For the mayor's participation, race co-founder Carole Kai presented the mayor with a check in the amount of $3,500, which he donated to the charity of his choice--the American Heart Association. Mayor Arakawa recently presented the $3,500 check to local organizers at the opening of the 15th Annual Maui Heart Walk and Health Fair at Keopuolani Park.
Mayor Alan Arakawa was the first mayor to complete the 8.15-mile route from Nimitz Highway to the Aloha Stadium. He was joined by his team--County of Maui Managing Director Keith Regan and his wife Lynn Araki-Regan, Deputy Parks Director Brianne Savage, the Mayor's Deputy Chief of Staff Office Kit Zulueta and her partner Deron Furukawa, as well as Carol Reimann, Monsanto Hawai'i's Community and Government Affairs manager for Maui.
Heart Walk 2013 Chairperson Alvin Imada (left) and American Heart Association Regional Director Kauwela Bisquera present Mayor Alan Arakawa with a check for $3,500 for his efforts at the annual American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.
Photo: County of Maui/Kit Zulueta