Tavares and Arakawa will face off for mayor
WAILUKU » Maui County Councilwoman Charmaine Tavares and Mayor Alan Arakawa will meet in a runoff for the mayor's seat in November's general election.
Tavares, daughter of the late Mayor Hannibal Tavares, had the most votes with 8,701 to Arakawa's 7,689.
Former Mayor James "Kimo" Apana, who lost to Arakawa in a close 2002 election, had 6,366 votes, while Councilman Dain Kane had 3,506.
In the nonpartisan race for the East Maui Council seat, Bill Medeiros had 8,866 votes, leading Sam Kalalau (5,924), Lucienne De Naie (5,620) and Nick Nikhilananda (2,406). The top two vote-getters advance to the general election.
Mike Victorino (18,175) led the race for the Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu Council seat, followed by Rogelio Cabebe Sr. (3,299) and Blitz Harry (1,755).
The top two vote-getters in each nonpartisan race advance to the general election.
Three councilmembers -- Michelle Anderson, Riki Hokama and Danny Mateo -- automatically won re-election because they were unopposed.
Three other members of the Council -- Mike Molina, Jo Anne Johnson and Joe Pontanilla -- and five other Council candidates -- Deidre Rockett, Lance Collins, Pat Borge, Gladys Baisa and Paul Fasi -- advanced directly to the general election.