Maui County Parks and Recreation Director Glenn Correa returned from retirement to serve a second-term for a department he feels passionate about. “It’s a golden opportunity,” he commented. Correa said the success of his department falls on the 430 people who work in divisions including recreation, aquatics, maintenance, planning and administration. “We cannot be everything to everybody, but we try very hard to meet the expectations of the community with the resources we have because we know that our parks department impacts everyone,” he said. The Parks and Recreation Department oversees 145 parks covering 1,620 acres on Maui, Molokai and Lanai. This includes the Waiehu Golf Course, 22 community centers, 55 tennis courts and nine swimming pools.
“I know there are many times when the public feels we just don’t have enough park facilities to serve our community,” Correa said. He said there are future plans to add more facilities, and meanwhile, heavy use requires proactive upkeep and maintenance. Correa said he values the teamwork within his department and his hope is that the community will recognize and acknowledge what the department does to serve the people of Maui.
Correa is a 1967 Baldwin High School graduate who served in the U.S. Navy and saw combat in Vietnam. After four years of military service, he returned to Maui in 1971 and was initially employed by American Electric. He was first tapped to work for the County as a electrician’s helper at the Department of Parks and Recreation. He has served under five mayors, nine parks directors and now a two-time appointee of Mayor Alan Arakawa. He loves playing golf and has been married for nearly 40 years to his wife, Lani.