Interview with Hannibal M. Tavares (1/23/1991)

Interview with Hannibal M. Tavares conducted by Warren Nishimoto and Daniel W. Tuttle, Jr. on 1/23/1991 in Kula, Maui as part of the Hawaiʻi Political History Documentation Project. Former Maui mayor describes his Makawao childhood, police and teaching jobs, political career, and lobbying for private industry. Also traced are relationships with state legislators, county council members, and leaders of the Big Five and International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). Other topics discussed include: experience on the Board of Supervisors as a Republican in 1954 and his focus on issues rather than party-oriented; running against Eddie Tam for Maui Mayor in 1958 and 1960; his work with the HSPA legislative committee and designing programs to encourage positive relations between the business community and the legislature; involvement in Republican conventions as state chairman; experience working with Maui Mayor Elmer Cravalho and winning special election for Maui Mayor after Cravalho's resignation in 1979; issues during his tenure as Maui Mayor including Lahaina sewer system and compliance with EPA Safe Water Drinking Act; Maui community planning system; land use and zoning laws on Lanai and Molokai; agriculture parks on Maui; and the Kahoʻolawe Island Converyance Commission and ceasing military use of the island. Interview spans 9 videotapes. Transcript is available

Languages: English


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