Aram Armstrong is a proud graduate of Maui High School (c/o '97), Samuel E. Kalama Intermediate School (c/o '93), and Kīhei Elementary School.

Aram has a master's degree in Interaction Design from the Interaction Design Institute of Ivrea (IDII) and a bachelor's degree Interactive Media from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD).

Mahalo to Mr. Clint Gima for discovering Aram in the school library making art on a computer, and giving him the opportunity to design Maui High School's (ʻ96) yearbook cover.

Mahalo to the late Dr. Harold Miller for giving Aram his first experience coding HTML and VRML in 1995 and 1996. Mahalo to the folks at the Maui High Performance Computing Center (MHPCC) for his first internship experience (with Alex Dioso), and SeaSeer R&D for his first job making computer graphics.

Mahalo to his late grandmother Joanne for buying their family an Apple computer. Mahalo to his mother Victoria for letting him play MUDs and make art on the family computer.

Thanks to the portfolio of digital art Aram made during during recess at Maui High School, Aram was accepted to art school in Minneapolis where he found a way to turn his gifts of creativity and technology into a career that took him all over the world to live and work, to learn from different cultures, and see different relationships people and government can have.

From the Singaporean government, Aram experienced the pride Singaporeans have in a government that competes for the best talent, so the government can provide the best customer service to citizens, immigrants, and businesses.

Imagine what happens to a community when your best and brightest students come back to serve after receiving a full-tuition scholarship to the best schools on the Mainland and abroad?

Imagine they have a guaranteed job and housing when they return from their studies?

That is how Singapore went from being a fishing village to the best place to do business in Asia in less than 50 years.

They brought their haumana back. Maika'i!

As a teacher in Copenhagen, Aram experienced the safety, freedom, and joy that comes from a city designed for pedestrians, cyclists, and equestrians over a city designed for cars.

He saw the health and independence of Danish children who grew up in forest schools, and how well the kids played together among themselves in the community-oriented courtyards of cooperative housing, giving the parents plenty of space and time to talk story without worrying about their childs' safety.

Aram cycled to work in San Francisco, Copenhagen, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.

Aram would like to be able to bike to work on Maui too, but Kaupakalua Road feels more dangerous for cyclists than either San Francisco's Chinatown or Shanghai's French concession.

How might Maui County support the creation of paniolo trails that connect Upcountry Maui to South Maui, protecting the peace and safety of pedestrians, cyclists, and equestrians — while respecting the rights of landowners and the health of the environment?

How might Maui County encourage the use of public transit + bicycles for visitors to create carbon-neutral vacations, helping preserve and protect the finite resources of our island home?

How might Maui County work with the State and Federal government to encourage Slow Travel?

Aram believes in the future of Slow Travel.

Like the bumper sticker says, "Slow Down! This ain't the mainland!"

Take it easy and enjoy the ride.

Mahalo nui loa,

Aram Saroyan Armstrong

Running, Riding, Walking, and Dancing for Maui County Council