Governor Abercrombie Visits Islands ~ Aims To Show Its Business As Usual

Gov. Abercrombie visits Maui to assess tsunami damage (video available)

Article from: The Maui News

MAALAEA — Gov. Neil Abercrombie made a brief stop at Maalaea Harbor Tuesday afternoon to talk to those affected by Friday’s tsunami and assess damage to the small-boat harbor.

The stop was one of at least two on Neighbor Islands Tuesday. Earlier, the governor visited the highly impacted Kona area on the Big Island.

At Maalaea Harbor, Abercrombie chatted with people who work on fishing and tour boats as well as visitors.

Donalyn Dela Cruz, the governor’s press secretary, said part of the aim of the trip was to show that it’s business as usual in the islands despite the impacts of the tsunami generated by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake that hit Japan Thursday evening, Hawaii time.

Mayor Alan Arakawa joined Abercrombie on the visit to Maalaea Harbor. Both men said they are trying to obtain federal funds to pay for repairs.

For more details and a full story, see Wednesday’s edition of The Maui News.