Kawakami Receives 21 Union and Trades Endorsements in Race for Mayor

LIHUE, HAWAII, July 7, 2018 – Derek Kawakami’s candidacy for Mayor of Kauai has seen an unprecedented endorsement by union labor.  Beginning with the endorsement of the United Public Workers (UPW) in October 2017, Derek Kawakami has steadily added union endorsements as the campaign progressed in 2018.  Yesterday, the Hawaii Building & Construction Trades Council added their support.

The Hawai’i Government Employees Association (HGEA) endorsed Kawakami in April 2018, stating: “We at HGEA are proud to put our organization’s name behind you and endorse you for Mayor of Kauai for the 2018 primary election.”   

With news of the latest endorsement Kawakami reflected, “On behalf of my family and our campaign team, I am honored and blessed to have such overwhelming support from organizations that represent working men and women in our community. We want to thank their vision and leadership that embraces our motto of honoring our past and building our future.”

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Support Derek in Upcoming Political Forums

Please join Derek or tune in to the following political forums:

Kauai Chamber of Commerce Political Forum
Tuesday, July 10 
6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall

PBS Kauai Mayor Candidate Forum
Thursday, July 19
9 p.m.-10 p.m.
TV channel 11 or live stream at pbshawaii.org or Facebook Live (@pbshawaii)

Viewers are invited to email, Tweet, or call in their questions/comments to the candidates.
Email: insights@pbshawaii.org
Tweet: @pbshawaii #PBSInsights
Call in: 800-238-4847

Anahola Political Forum
Tuesday, July 31
6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Anahola Clubhouse


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Join Us: Chillin’ on the Westside with Derek

Come, one and all, to our family fun day on the Westside on Saturday, June 30 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Hanapepe Hongwanji. We’ll have chili and hot dogs, pupus, sweets, a water slide, petting zoo, and an activity tent for keiki. We hope to see you there!

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Campaign Headquarters Grand Opening

Please join us at the Grand Opening of the Kawakami for Mayor Campaign Headquarters on Aloha Friday, June 1 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at the alley on Rice Street (next to Lee’s Furniture).

Wear your Kawakami for Mayor t-shirt and bring your ohana to enjoy ono food and good fun.
We look forward to seeing you there!

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HGEA Endorsement

(This image is taken from HGEA’s recent email newsletter.)


Mahalo to the Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA) for endorsing Derek Kawakami for Kauai Mayor! Derek is honored to have the confidence and support of HGEA and its members. 

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Kawakami Files Papers for Mayor

LIHUE, HAWAII, May 3, 2018 – Councilmember Derek S.K. Kawakami filed to enter the race for Kauai Mayor today at the Office of the County Clerk in Lihue. Kawakami was accompanied by his wife Monica, family and numerous supporters.

Kawakami reflected on the recent historic flooding that affected areas of Kauai. “After spending many days shoulder to shoulder with volunteers and those who have been personally devastated by the floods, I saw such resilience, such selflessness, so much aloha. This experience has energized me and deepened my commitment to the people of Kauai and Niihau.” “Our Kauai ohana give all they have for each other. We put other’s needs ahead of their own. It is Kauai’s spirit of aloha that inspires me, especially on this day, to give all that I can, to serve to my greatest ability and to be counted worthy as Mayor of Kauai,” said Kawakami.

Affordable housing, traffic, infrastructure and economic development are priorities in which Kawakami will focus on should he be elected as Mayor. Kawakami also supports preserving the environment and culture, creating more jobs, and education, as well as stimulating a diverse economy inclusive of tourism, renewable energy, health and wellness, technology, agriculture, and the arts.

Kawakami was recently endorsed by the following unions:

• HGEA, Hawaii Government Employees Association
• United Public Workers, AFSCME, Local 146
• International Longshore & Warehouse Union, Local 142
• International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1260
• International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1357
• International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1186
• International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), AFL-CIO District Council 50
• Hawaii Construction Alliance:

o Plasterers’ & Cement Masons, Local 630
o Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters, Hawaii Carpenters Union, Local 745
o Laborers’ International Union of North America, Local 368
o International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers, Local 1
o Operating Engineers, Local Union No. 3

Kawakami previously served on the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative Board of Directors from 2006-2008, the Hawaii State Legislature from 2011-2016 and on the Kauai County Council (cont.)from 2008-2011 and again in his current term beginning in 2016. In addition, Kawakami has worked in the private sector at Big Save, Menehune Food Mart, Shell Gas Stations, Happy Kauaian gift shops, and Subway restaurants.

A graduate of Kauai High School and Chaminade University, Kawakami is a 3rd-generation Kauai resident of Japanese, Native Hawaiian and Chinese descent whose leadership style prioritizes honoring the island’s past as he moves toward building the future. Kawakami resides in Lihue with his wife Monica, a teacher at Kapaa Middle School, and their children. For more information, visit www.DerekKawakami.com.

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Mahalo for Voting in ‘The Garden Island’ Poll!

In mid-February, The Garden Island newspaper’s online poll asked, “It’s early, but who do you believe will be Kauai’s next mayor?” The results were tremendous in support of Derek Kawakami. We are truly humbled & grateful. Mahalo nui loa for your overwhelming support!

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