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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