Aloha Friends,

Aloha friends,

Recently, I have been contemplating a decision that has been weighing on me for a while. After much deliberation, my family and I have decided that it’s time for me to come back home on a full-time basis. In the five years that I have served in the State Legislature, I have seen and experienced how quickly life happens and how fast time flies.  While I wholeheartedly love doing the work of a Representative, the call to return home has been overwhelming.  Kauai is the best place in the world, and I am truly excited to spend my days at home with my family and with all of you.  That being said, I am also excited to announce that I will be seeking a seat on our County Council in the upcoming election.

There were tremendous changes in my life recently, which has led me reflect on how important it is for me to spend more time with my family. We only have one chance to raise our children and honor our parents. I’m coming home to do just that and continue serving the people of Kauai and Niihau. Together, we will build a brighter future for our keiki and protect and honor our kupuna.

I want to thank the people of Kauai, Niihau, and the residents of the beautiful 14th District for allowing me to serve them as a former County Council member and as State Representative. It is a tremendous honor and privilege. Thank you to all of my staff members. It’s been a pleasure to work alongside such a loyal and hardworking group that serves with the best interests of Kauai and the 14th District at heart each day.  You are all family to me, and I am indebted to you.  I have had a tremendous experience with my colleagues in the House of Representatives and of course the Kauai delegation, including Senate President Ron Kouchi, Representatives Jimmy Tokioka and Dee Morikawa and their amazing staff. All of you mean so to me and have done so much for me that I will always be thankful for your help. I know that we will continue to work together.  I am most appreciative for the friendship and bond that we have built. The collaborative spirit and ability to work so closely as a delegation is rare. Together, we have been able to bring a lot of resources to the 14th District and Kauai and pass meaningful legislation for our State.  

A special thank you goes out to my entire family for their love and support.  I am especially thankful for my wife Monica, our children Christopher and Hailee, my dad, and my mom, who passed away last year and who we miss so dearly. They have all made sacrifices and accommodations for me to be able to serve our community, and I am forever grateful.

I am excited to return home and be closer to my family and all of you. I am, after all, a Kauai boy through and through, and being able to live and work at home is priceless. I look forward to a great island-wide campaign and to continue serving you all.  It’s been a great run. I look forward to this new journey.

Mahalo and Aloha,

Derek

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