Senator Dan Inouye on Derek Kawakami

“I have had the privilege of knowing the Kawakami family from childhood. My relationship dates back to Derek’s grandfather, H.S. Kawakami, who was my father’s high school classmate, and continued forward with Derek’s uncle…my dear 442nd buddy, George Kawakami.

Derek is the third generation Kawakami I have had the honor of working with; he served as my 2004 Kauai Campaign Co-Chair. It was a learning opportunity, and he did a fine job. I believe it also piqued his own interest in public service.

I am very pleased that Derek is carrying forward the Kawakami tradition of leadership and giving back to the community.”

Senator Daniel K. Inouye

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