Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa and Lt Gov Shan Tsutsui
Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa and Lt Gov Shan Tsutsui

WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i –  Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui and Mayor Alan Arakawa signed an agreement last Thursday to officially lease office space to the Lt. Governor for his use while on Maui.

Moments after signing the agreement, Mayor Arakawa reached into his pocket, took out his wallet, and shared laughter with the Lt. Governor as he offered to pay the one dollar rent for the term of the lease, which ends December 31, 2014.

“Heck, I’ll even foot the bill for you,” Mayor Arakawa quipped. “I’m just glad we will be able to work more closely with you on joint County-State projects, and that as neighbors we can collaborate in new ways.”

The Lieutenant Governor agrees. “This is a great partnership between the County and State and an excellent service for the people of Maui, who can now get access to their local government in one building,” said Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui. “Having this additional office on Maui will allow our administration to improve interactions with constituents outside of Oahu.”

The lease was approved by the Maui County Corporation Counsel and the State Attorney General prior to being authorized by the Maui County Council via Resolution. The arrangement will provide temporary office space for the Lt. Governor to work and meet with constituents while he is in Maui.

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