Yuki Lei Kashiwa Sugimura holds the County Council seat for the Upcountry residency area.
2021 – 2023 Chair – Infrastructure and Transportation Committee
This committee is tasked with diversifying transportation options and improving physical infrastructure. Its jurisdiction includes: issues relating to traffic safety, transit, bikeways, walkways, and complete streets; issues relating to interisland transportation, within the County and within the State; issues relating to traffic impact fees; operations and performance audits of the Department of Transportation and Maui Metropolitan Planning Organization; amendments to the Parking Code; amendments to and enforcement of the County Water Code; county facilities construction and maintenance; and Operations and performance audits of the Department of Environmental Management (except the Environmental Protection and Sustainability Division), and the Department of Public Works, including operational oversight of any grants they administer.
The committee is focused on building a new transit hub to replace the current one at Queen Kaahumanu Center, which was not designed to accommodate the growing number of bus riders using our island’s transportation system. The committee is also working on the Central Maui Waste Water Reclamation Facility, decentralizing the Kahului/Wailuku Waste Water Reclamation Facility, and the Waiale Road Extension to connect Waiale to Honoapiilani Highway.
Testimony on items before the Committee may be submitted through eComment. For instructions on submitting testimony via eComment, please visit this link: http://mauicounty.us/ecomment/.
Chair: Maui Metropolitan Planning Organization
Council Representative: Kula Agricultural Park Committee
Council Representative: Council on Aging
Councilmember Sugimura is also a voting member of the following committees:
Councilmember Yuki Lei Sugimura is well known for her commitment to understanding and responding to the needs of her community. She goes above and beyond to connect with her constituents.
Sugimura dedicates time to talk directly with constituents through her well-known ‘talk story’ sessions and after a pause during the pandemic, Sugimura is back at her monthly Upcountry Farmers Market. She is actively involved in many community groups, nonprofits, and organizations, allowing her to fully understand the wants and needs of those she serves. If re-elected, she is committed to maintaining this level of engagement with the community.
Prior to her five years on the Maui County Council, Councilmember Sugimura was the Maui field representative for the late U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka and U.S Senator Mazie HIrono. Additionally, Councilmember Sugimura learned the fundamentals of community engagement from U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye during her nearly two-decade-long tenure as the coordinator of Hawaii 3R’s, a repair and maintance program for public schools and Maui’s Ready to Learn, a back to school supplies program for children in need.
Through her work in Maui County’s Office of Economic Development, Sugimura helped revitalize historic towns through restoring infrastructure and the creation and marketing of cultural events, farmers markets and the Friday Town Parties. As a councilmember, she has introduced and passed legislation to reduce impaired drivers to increase road safety and reduce the occurrence of deaths, banning smoking in vehicles with passengers under the age of 18; helped facilitate the streamlining of single-event liquor permits for nonprofit organizations; and worked to secure funding for the Upcountry skate park, Kula playground, and many important Capital Improvement Projects.
I am a small business owner, wife of 28 years, mother, sister, Baldwin High School graduate, University of Hawaii at Manoa graduate, 20 year Kula resident, and a volunteer working for our community. I understand the challenges we face, but together, I know we can move forward the community we call our home, Maui County.
Deeply rooted in our community, Yuki Lei has the track record and the passion to roll up her sleeves to better our County
Yuki Lei has served on critical State and County boards and commissions, was a fieldworker for our U.S. Senators, and coordinates community events like Wailuku First Friday, Festivals of Aloha and the Makawao 4th of July Parade.
Yuki Lei is the organizer behind many of our well-known events that bring our community together
Yuki Lei has spent many years advocating for our community. She will use her experience to effectively work for you.