Aiu named deputy planning director

Imaikalani Aiu has been appointed as deputy planning director effective Monday.

Aiu will replace Myles Hironaka, who is returning to a senior planner position with the county.

“Imai was raised on Kaua‘i, served on the Planning Commission for nearly two years, and is an architect by trade,” said Planning Director Ian Costa, in a press release.

During his term as a planning commissioner, Aiu dealt with a variety of issues including: a number of bills — B&B and Vacation Rental, “Big-box,” dedication of adequate land for access ways to public resources, traffic calming, and 5-Year Use it or Lose it, along with the East Kaua‘i Development and Kilauea Sub-area Town plans.

Aiu resigned from the Planning Commission at the end of February.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of Kaua‘i,” said Aiu, in the release. “I look forward to being part of the team that provides a long-range vision for our beautiful island and strives to preserve and protect our unique resources through sensible development.”

Currently, Aiu is employed as a design associate for Marc Ventura AIA. Prior to that, he was a CAD operator for Donna Yuen Design.

Aiu is a 1993 graduate of Kamehameha Schools and received a bachelor’s of science degree in architecture from the University of Colorado.

Aiu is the son of Danita Aiu and the late Dr. Patrick and Danita Aiu.

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