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Maui’s first mayor is remembered as a visionary trailblazer

  • STAR-ADVERTISER

    Elmer Cravalho, state House speaker and later mayor of Maui, listened to a phone call from Washington, D.C., on March 11, 1959, when Congress was voting to admit Hawaii into the Union. Looking on is Spark Matsunaga, then a territorial representative and later a U.S. senator.

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / 2001

    Elmer Cravalho

Maui’s first mayor, Elmer Cravalho, who moved the Valley Isle from plantations to a top visitor destination and served as speaker of the Territorial House of Representatives during the fight for statehood, died Monday afternoon. Read more

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