A Message from Derek

Aloha Friends,
We did it! Words cannot begin to express how thankful I am for your support throughout our entire campaign. I am so honored and excited to serve as your next Mayor.
Now, we must look to the future.
I’m committed to uniting us, as one community, to address the challenges we face head-on.
Together, we can fix our traffic problems. We can build a Kauai where no one gets left behind—with more homes that our residents can afford and more jobs with living wages.  And together, we can create a more sustainable Kauai for the generations to come.   
I am humbled by the trust you’ve placed in me to be a good steward of our island home. I pledge to work hard every day to keep that trust, and be a Mayor you can be proud of. 

Please know that I am always here to listen and talk story. I encourage you to reach out to me anytime to discuss your hopes and ideas for Kauai. 

I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work…for you and with you.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve,

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‘No Doubt, It’s Derek’

On Nov. 7, 2018, The Garden Island newspaper reported, “The voters left no doubt. Derek Kawakami will be Kauai’s next mayor.”

Click here to read the full article.

Photo credit: Dennis Fujimoto, The Garden Island

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Mahalo, Supporters!

Mahalo to all of Derek’s supporters. Below are a some of the folks that believe Derek is the right choice for Mayor of Kauai and Niihau. Do you recognize anyone? If you’re reading this on our website’s home page, click on the title “Mahalo, Supporters!” to view the photo. Click on the photo to enlarge it. 


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Join Us: Derek’s Fun-tober Family Day

Come one and all to Derek’s Fun-tober Family Day on Sunday, October 21 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at Kapaa Beach Park! Tickets are available at DK Headquarters on Rice Street and at the door.

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ICYMI: Watch Derek on the PBS Kauai Mayor Forum

In case you missed it, click here to watch Derek share his plans for Kauai on the PBS Mayor Forum that aired on September 27, 2018.

Derek also participated in a PBS Mayor Forum before the Primary Election on July 19, 2018. Click here to watch the entire show.

Feel free to share these links on your social media accounts and with your friends and family!

Mahalo to PBS Hawaii for hosting these valuable political forums for viewers statewide.

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Mahalo for Voting!

-August 12, 2018-

Dear Friends,

I’m writing to thank you and everyone who participated in this election; my fellow candidates, our families, volunteers and voters! If you stuck a bumper sticker on your car or posted a sign in your yard, whether it was my sign or not – thank you.  You stood up, made your voice heard, and made a difference.  Mahalo for caring so deeply about our community and this beautiful place we call home.

I am thrilled to be moving forward to the General Election, and I know that this success is because of your support. As we head toward November, I will continue to run a positive, honest campaign and focus on my commitment to enhance the quality of life for our families, from keiki to kupuna.

We’ll continue to update you about our campaign plans and activities via email, our website, and on social media. As always, I would love for you to join us!

Have a restful, enjoyable Sunday with your loved ones!

Love and aloha,

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A Note from Derek

-August 6, 2018-

Aloha Friends,

The week of the Primary Election is here! I’m excited as Saturday approaches, and I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your participation in our campaign, encouragement, and love that you’ve shown my family and me in the past few months. I humbly ask for your vote on Aug. 11.

As you know, I want to be Mayor to improve the quality of life for families now and in the future. To hear more, please watch this video.

Sign Waving
Our final sign waving event is happening this Wednesday, Aug. 8 at Kapaa Library from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. I would love for you to join me!

Primary Election Gathering
On Primary Election night, please bring your family to Kauai Veterans Center at 6 p.m. for food and fellowship as we await results.

Again, mahalo for your support. My heart is so full. God bless!

Much love and gratitude,

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2 months ago

Kim Roia Le'Bagge

Even though we are in Aotearoa, we want to thank you for the way you handled the cult on Kaua'i today. You were calm, listened and ensured everyone's safety and now they are leaving. Well done. May you, your ohana and everyone on Kaua'i stay safe and well. Kia kaha, arohanui ...

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5 months ago

Jason Brownell

Aloha Derek,
So I dont want to tell you how to do your job, but since you work for the people iam going to make a suggestion. Iam also going to make a demand, a demand to do your job and protect our community, that we all cherish. So here goes.
As iam sure you know hurricane season is approaching, and it’s been projected to be a pretty active year by the state. My concern, and I hope yours as well, is our ability to supply our island communities with the necessities we ALL need. If you haven’t noticed we still have no toilet paper at Costco or Walmart, and restrictions have been put on the amount you can purchase. There are several other items I could list but I think you get where iam going.
This has add extra stress to my family for sure and iam sure hundreds of others, that are aware.
So, my suggestion, is that you take the opportunity on one of your PSA to address this. Maybe you haven’t thought about it yet, we all got a lot on our plates right now. I think it would help soothe some already stressed people. With everything going on with C-19, maybe there needs to be a hurricane relief for residents? Just a suggestion.
So, here is my demand. I demand that you address this predicament. I demanded that you get it done! Get our supply chain moving again. Make sure those necessities our ready, on island, and available for our local residents! Let’s us know you have it under control. We are counting on you Derek! I trust you will be prepared for us.
Mahalo for time, aloha!

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