Kawakami Receives Unprecedented 24 Endorsements in Race for Mayor

LIHUE, HAWAII, July 7, 2018 (updated July 27, 2018) – Derek Kawakami’s candidacy for Mayor of Kauai has seen an unprecedented endorsement by union labor and membership organizations.  Beginning with the endorsement of the United Public Workers (UPW) in October 2017, Derek Kawakami has steadily added endorsements as the campaign progressed in 2018.  

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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1 week ago

Jasmine Duque

So just throwing it out there how would be begin to get changing stations put into male restrooms too, instead of just the female restrooms on the island of Kauai ...

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Erwin D'Acosta

I am Interested in buying the COCO 🌴!!! ...

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Ryan McAnarney

Maybe your the one that can do something. 🙏🏼 ...

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Join us at the State of the County!
Thursday, March 14
8:30 a.m. at Mo`ikeha Courtyard


It seems like just yesterday we were out sign waving, canvassing our neighborhoods, coordinating coffee hours, and gearing up for the big election together. That victory day in November was without a doubt a life-changing day for Monica, myself, and our entire family. It is only through the overwhelming love and support from all of you, that I am now on a wonderful path to make a difference in the lives of our Kaua‘i people.

I began my first day in office with a vision and a plan for the next four years. After assembling an amazing team of well-rounded, intelligent, and creative individuals, we set out to build a foundation for those next four years – starting with these first 100 days.

As we now approach the end of our first 100 days, I’m happy to share that we’ve made great headway together. And together, we will continue to build upon a clear vision and plan for our beautiful island.

This week, I will be announcing our team’s vision for Kaua‘i during the State of the County address. Please join us on Thursday, March 14, at 8:30 a.m. at the Līhu‘e Civic Center, Mo‘ikeha Courtyard.

All of you are not only part of our team, you are part of our ‘ohana. I hope to see you there as we move forward together in unity and aloha for Kaua‘i.

Derek S. K. Kawakami
Mayor, County of Kaua‘i

If you need an ASL Interpreter, materials in an alternate format, or other auxiliary aid support, or an interpreter for a language other than English, please contact the Office of the Mayor at 808-241-4900 or mayor@kauai.gov before the event.

Derek Monica Kawakami

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