Running for: 11th District Representative
Occupation: President, Greenways Maui
MAUI TIME WEEKLY: Why should people vote for you?
JOE BERTRAM III: Iíve lived
and been active in the South Maui community for 40 years. Iíve been
involved in many of South Kiheiís issues, such as the Kihei Greenway
and South Maui heritage corridor. Iíve been South Mauiís representative
on the Maui planning commission. Basically, Iíve been ďat it.Ē Iím
looking forward to taking my communitiesí issues to the state level.
Whatís the biggest problem facing your district?
Transitioning from an auto-centric community plan to a walking plan.
We need more paths and trails to reconnect us to the natural
experience. And we have a great opportunity with all our open space.
With regards to that space, do you think it is time for a moratorium on land development?
Not so much a moratorium as a redirection. Itís more a matter of
managing development and bringing in more compact, high-density,
transit-oriented development. Plan A is ďStop Everything,Ē and thatís
not gonna happen. So plan B is to create healthy, sustainable
communities. We donít want to be sprawled. Letís accommodate people in
a way thatís beautiful and compact, like we used to live. Weíll also
need a better bus system, and likely a light rail system as well.
What are your feelings on Hawaiian Sovereignty?
I think itís great! We need more of that. I hope and pray for them
to pull it together. Our coastal trailówe call it the Eddie Foo
projectóis being developed as a Hawaiian walking trail. Weíre
replanting native plants. The Hawaiian culture was a walking culture,
and this will be an opportunity for them to reconnect to the `aina.
Okay, how about the proposed Superferry?
George W. Bush?
Whatís the most difficult thing that ever happened to you?
Running for office. Iíve had to overcome my fear of being in the
public eye. It can be hard having a public persona of who you are.
And whatís the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?
Gosh, thereís so many. I try to forget, but probably getting kicked
out of Seabury Hall. It wasnít my faultóI was accused of dealing
marijuana. I hadnít been, but it was out of my control.
Whatís the last book you read?
I donít really read books. I guess the Hawai`i 2060 Manifesto, the state manifesto plan.
Whatís your favorite thing about Maui?
Well, itís Maui! Even driving here, which can be tiring, is
enjoyable because of the beautiful scenery. I never get tired of the
mana. It keeps me alive. I couldnít give it up for anything. MTW