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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Register to Vote!

We encourage all eligible Kauai residents to register to vote and participate in this year’s election. Here is information from the State of Hawaii Office of Elections on voter registration:

You can register online, or by submitting a Voter Registration & Permanent Absentee Application by mail or in-person. Applications must be received by your Clerk’s Office by:

Primary: July 12
General: October 8

If you miss the above application deadline, late registration is available at Early Walk In Voting locations in your county during the following dates:http://derekkawakami.com/wp-admin/profile.php

Primary: July 30 – August 9
General: October 23 – November 3

Or, on Election Day at your assigned polling place. Use the Find My Polling Place Locator to locate your polling place.

Primary: August 11
General: November 6

More info: 
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Kawakami To Run For Mayor

Bringing unity to government, community

LIHUE, HAWAII, Oct. 5, 2017 – Councilmember Derek S.K. Kawakami announced that he will run for County of Kauai Mayor in the 2018 election to a crowd of supporters today on Rice Street.

“I am humbled and blessed to have served the residents of Kaua`i and Ni`ihau for many years as a KIUC Director, District 14 Representative in the State Legislature, and Councilmember for several terms,” said Kawakami. “Through these roles, I have worked diligently to benefit our island, such as being the Chair of the KIUC Strategic Planning Committee in 2006 that set the goal to generate 50% of our electricity with renewable energy by 2020 and securing more than $141 million in Capital Improvement Funding for Kauai with our legislative team in 2016. I am running for Mayor because I want to make an even greater difference in the lives of our families, from keiki to kupuna.”

Affordable housing, traffic, and creating more resources for all including new and growing businesses are priorities in which Kawakami will focus on should he be elected as Mayor.

“We need to take action on these issues now to alleviate hardships that our residents face daily,” he said.

“For me, it’s simple; I’m a dad and I want my children and all of our keiki to have the opportunity to live, work and thrive right here on Kauai when they become adults,” he continued. “To do so, we need to work together to improve the present and set the foundation for the next generation.”

In addition to his government roles, Kawakami has worked in various capacities for his family’s businesses, which have included Big Save, Menehune Food Mart, Happy Kauaian, Kauai Kookie, Kauai Kitchen, Kukui Nut Tree Inn, Subway Restaurants, and Kapaa and Kilauea Shell Gas Stations.

Kawakami adds, “My experiences in the public and private sectors have equipped me for the administrative role of Mayor. From financial management to human resource matters, investments, contingency planning, public safety issues, and more, I am eager to delve into the daily operations of our County.”

Kawakami describes himself as a collaborator and leader who is able to bring people, groups, and businesses of all backgrounds and interests, as well as governments agencies of all levels to the table, to “talk story,” and produce innovative solutions for the island.

“My hope is to bring unity into our government and community so that we are able to take action faster and with more harmony,” he noted.

A graduate of Kauai High School and Chaminade University, Kawakami is a 3rd-generation Kauai resident of Japanese and Native Hawaiian descent whose leadership style prioritizes honoring the island’s past as he moves toward the future.

“Our ancestors, in ancient Hawaii to those of the plantation days, taught us wonderful lessons about managing our natural resources; working hard; and peacefully melding a community of different cultures,” stated Kawakami. “Our responsibility is to build on their best practices and elevate ourselves using smart, creative strategies.”

Kawakami supports preserving our environment and culture, creating more jobs, increasing opportunities in education, as well as stimulating a diverse economy that maintains the island’s strength in tourism and renewable energy and makes greater strides in health and wellness, high technology, agriculture, and culture and the arts.

“When you see me out and about, please feel free to come talk with me about your dreams and concerns are for our island,” he said. “Working together is the key to our success, and I want to hear from you.”

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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August 28, 2016 – Join us at the Paina with Derek, Come Eat and Talk Story

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Kawakami Files to Run for County Council

LIHUE, HAWAII, June 2, 2016 – District 14 Rep. Derek S.K. Kawakami filed to enter the race for Kauai County Council today. Last month, he announced his intention not to seek re-election for his current position in the State Legislature to pursue a seat on the County Council. Kawakami previously served on the Kauai County Council from 2008-2011.

“Returning to the County Council allows me to work more closely with fellow Kauai residents and to affect positive changes on a local level,” said Kawakami.

He continued, “While Kauai is the most beautiful, close-knit place to raise a family, it is also a challenging place to make ends meet. I think many people are looking to government to provide some relief to their everyday lives, and I am ready to work to do so.”

If elected to the County Council, Kawakami will focus on bolstering public safety and finding tangible solutions for affordable housing, traffic, and other concerns that affect Kauai’s families daily.

“As a 4th generation Kauai resident, I am especially mindful of our island’s roots – where we came from and what we can learn from those who came before us,” noted Kawakami. “My approach to leadership is honoring our past while building our future. If we can maintain this focus, we’ll be able to move forward in a respectful, responsible and productive manner.”

In the 2016 legislative session, Kawakami, along with Kauai legislators State Senate President Ron Kouchi, Rep. Jimmy Tokioka and Rep. Dee Morikawa, secured more than $141 million in Capital Improvement Funding Projects for the Garden Island. Some of these projects include cooling classrooms, building affordable housing, and supporting nonprofit organizations that provide critical services to Kauai residents.

“Through my experience in the Legislature, I have learned that there are many resources from the State that can benefit our County government,” stated Kawakami. “I pledge to maximize these opportunities for our community.”

Kawakami was appointed to the Hawaii State House representing the 14th District in 2011. Since then, he was re-elected twice and held a number of leadership positions, such as the Assistant Majority Leader and Chair of Economic Development and Business. He is especially proud of bills that he worked on to pass in regards to public safety, a few of which focused on safe routes to school, distracted driving, violence in the presence of minors, and creating an additional bargaining unit for lifeguards and state law enforcement officers.

Kawakami is graduate of Kauai High School and Chaminade University. He has previously served on the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative Board and County of Kauai Charter Commission. Kawakami is a former member of the Kauai Police Activities League Board, charter member of the Lihue Business Association, and played a role in getting wrestling into Kauai high schools as a sanctioned KIF sport. He and his wife Monica, a Kapaa Middle School teacher, have two children, Christopher and Hailee.

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