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Father-daughter duo vie for Valley Isle seats


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POSTED: Tuesday, October 14, 2008

WAILUKU » A father and daughter are seeking seats on the Maui County Council.

Former Maui Councilman Wayne Nishiki, 64, who has been among top vote-getters in the past, is running for his old Council seat in South Maui.

His eldest daughter, Kahekai Nishiki, a political newcomer and mother of three, is challenging incumbent Michael J. Molina for the Council seat in Makawao-Haiku-Paia.

Wayne Nishiki stepped away from Council politics several years ago, after reaching the Maui County Charter limit of five consecutive two-year terms.

He and Don Couch, an information technology manager, want the seat left vacant by Michelle Anderson, who chose not to run for family reasons.

Former Councilman Sol Kaho'ohalahala and John Ornellas, a police commissioner, are running for the Lanai Council seat vacated by Riki Hokama, who cannot run because of term limits.

Kaho'ohalahala served on the Maui County Council from 1995-98 and state House from 1999-2005 before working for the Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission.

Environmentalist Antoinette “;Lucienne”; De Naie is running against incumbent William Medeiros for the East Maui seat.

West Maui incumbent Jo Anne Johnson is being challenged by office account manager Alan Fukuyama.

Child therapist Susan L. Halperin seeks to unseat incumbent Councilman Joseph Pontanilla of Kahului.

Acupuncturist Michael S. Howden is running against incumbent Gladys C. Baisa for the Upcountry seat.