UPDATE 2/1/16 ON AKAKU! Akaku’s video is now available for on-demand viewing:

UPDATE  1/26/16  ON AKAKU! Even while no commercial media mentioned what occurred at this meeting, seemingly because they did not send anyone to cover, we have has a lot of input from guys who were not present. But since noncommercial Akaku did send  Calvin and Peter with their equipment, the entire meeting has shown several times on CH55.  Next showings are set for

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Date Time Program Name
1/27 8:30:00 am KCA Governence Forum 1-19-16
1/29 1:00:00 pm KCA Governence Forum 1-19-16

Leave it to KCA to start off the new year with a bang, and we are not talking illegal aerials. We have had too much of them in 2015.

Attendance was estimated at 100+ and interest and enthusiasm were off the charts as Mayor Arakawa and Mark Hyde presented almost diametrically opposed points of view on this issue. Whether we continue with our longstanding current system of Mayor (Administration) and Council (Legislation), or consider moving to a ballot question vote in November of consideration of change via a County Charter modification if this was best for our multi-island County; THAT was the question.

While the government bodies examine this topic, as we see the County Cost of Government Commission,(Commission) as well as a Special Council Committee on County Governance (Committee) both investigate this issue, our public presentation offered the community a way to participate in our local area after business hours . Members of one these two bodies have asked to consider doing the same..


If you were one of the many present and want to verify what happened, or if you wish you had attended, but could not, watch Akaku, Maui Community Media. as they volunteered to video the meeting. Look for it on CH 55 week of 1/25, and check the CH 55 schedule on



The next general membership meeting is March 15, and the topic is the “homeless situation in South Maui.” So far we have guests County HHC Director Carol Reimann and our new Community Police Officers see:   

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  1. Akaku’s recording of the meeting is now available for viewing at any time:

  2. The Video on Community Governance is a great opportunity for the community.

    Mahalo for all who had any role in bringing it about.

    There is a basic and fundamental axioms
    which all should be mindful of when considering decisions that are of importance.

    They are: “Opinions” are really Judgements based on Imposing one path over another. Opinions divide and are close minded and often wrong.

    On the other hand, “Counsel” is invited, and unites and guides and is open minded.

    Clearly it’s wrong to think that changing a Mayor for a Managing Director is an improvement when an elected non professional group without professional management qualifications like our County Council will hire and fire who that Managing Director is.

    There is a Major Paradox as a Professional County Council System must be simultaneous with any adoption of a County Manager Professional.

    How can the “politics” be taken out of administration when the county council is elected and very political without professional management qualifications.

    We have a county government system that needs to be improved clearly and which can more efficiently be done with improved communications and cooperation.

    Performance by most departments in our government administration is subject to outdated laws and inefficient procurement requirements wholly inefficient to modern day business practices.

    Wise Counsel and sharing suggestions is beneficial and should be rewarded and encouraged. Professionalism by the Department Heads of the County may be an issue that needs more review that just the Mayor versus Professional County Manager. One easy way seems to be to have any and all major department heads of the county proposed by any Mayor to have to be ratified by the County Counsel.

    Mahalo for this opportunity to comment.

  3. Mahalo, Joe for participating. We do not get many guys on the Westside commenting, even on County wide measures.