Running for: Councilmember, Makawao-Haiku-Paia District
Occupation: Owns and operates Makena Stables with his wife, Helaine
MAUI TIME WEEKLY: Why should people vote for you?
PAT BORGE: Because I care. I
was born and raised on Maui, and I think it is time for a change. Itís
time for local citizens to have a voice, and I want to be the peopleís
Whatís the biggest problem facing your district?
The infrastructure. Itís everything from the roads to affordable housing.
If youíre elected, what are you going to do about the infrastructure?
Developers should pay a little bit more. Right now weíre facing
growing pains, and we need to do something about it. The people always
come first, and right now the growth is not benefiting the people.
What are your feelings on Hawaiian sovereignty?
I have a lot of friends who are Hawaiians, and they have their
rights. As the host culture, they should be treated with respect, and
they should have a say in the direction Maui is going, too. As for
sovereignty, I support it. But the only way Hawaiians are going to be
sovereign is to be one. Against the United States of America, they
cannot be divided.
All right, now weíll try some word association. I say a word and you say the first thing that comes to mind. Superferrry..
Public hearings. Iím a firm believer in public hearings.
Okay, next word: George W. Bush.
Need controlled growth.
Well, Iím in the tourist business. We need quality not quantity.
I would approve it for medical purposes.
Whatís the most difficult thing thatís ever happened to you?
Probably the hardest thing was to get my house. I had to work very
hard to try to get a down payment. Thank God I had friends. You know,
locals always say, ďNo can, but can,Ē and thatís what I say. Never give
up. A lot of people think they wonít be able to make it on this island,
but with the right people in government we can do it.
Whatís the most embarrassing thing thatís ever happened to you?
Well, I got bucked off in an arena at a rodeo in front of hundreds of people. That was pretty embarrassing.
Whatís the last book you read?
Actually, it was a book about that surfer, Eddie Aikau. Itís called Eddie Would Go.
What is your favorite thing about Maui?
The people. No question about it.
Who is the person you most admire?
Letís see, I better say my wife, huh?
If elected, what is one thing you would not do?
My door will never be closed to nobody. MTW