For Immediate Release:
Press Release by:
Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, Councilmember
Maui County Council
Council to consider resolution to reinstate Kaleo Manuel as first deputy for the Commission on Water Resource Management
WAILUKU, Hawaiʻi (Oct. 4, 2023)—Councilmember Keani Rawlins-Fernandez announced today that the Maui County Council will discuss Resolution 23-216 on Friday at 9 a.m., urging the governor to reinstate Marvin Kaleo Manuel as the first deputy of the Commission on Water Resource Management.
Rawlins-Fernandez, who introduced the resolution, said Marvin Kaleo Manuel served as the first deputy for the commission from Jan. 28, 2019, until Governor Josh Green and Board of Land and Natural Resources Chair Dawn Chang “redeployed” him on Aug. 16. Resolution 23-216 can be read in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi and English at tinyurl.com/CouncilReso.
“I would like to recognize the productivity of Deputy Manuel’s time as first deputy, in which he upheld the laws set by the Constitution of Hawaiʻi and the State Water Code and earned the trust and respect of many community members,” said Rawlins-Fernandez, who holds the seat for the Molokai residency area. “The resolution’s purpose is to urge the governor to uphold the law, which requires the state to protect and preserve wai as an essential resource for our people.”
In-person, online and phone testimony is welcome at all meetings. Testimony instructions are on the meeting agenda, available at mauicounty.us/agendas.
For more information, please visit mauicounty.us or call the Office of Council Services at (808) 270-7838.