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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3 months ago

Charles Todd

Aloha Mr. Mayor. We’ve been watching for you over at St. Catherine’s. Lacking that, Crucita Todd and I are urging you to revisit your campaign statements about Kauai traffic, especially in KAPA’A. On 10/30/19 it took us 2 hours to travel 13.2 miles from Annie Rd — across St Catherine soccer field — to Dynasty Court. Between Wailua River bridge north bound on Kūhiō Hwy to 150 yards past Kawaihau, the speed limit is 25 mph. For about half of that stretch — between the river and Foodland — vehicles routinely go 40-50 mph. Where is the enforcement for that? From the mauka water tank on Kawaihau to Kūhiō Hwy, also 100% 25 mph, speeds mauka AND makai are generally in the 40’s. On Haua’ala, motocross riders routinely go 40 mph and over. We do not have any objective evidence that your administration and KPD are acting to solving those — and many other — traffic issues.

What should we do to help change that? I’d love to stand on the shoulder across KAPAA Longs and shoot a live Facebook video of vehicles — MOSTLY LOCAL — blaze past the 25 mph sign. Something like this.

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7 months ago

Patricia Wong

Why cant we have what the base has for children. The sprinkler playgrounds where water
Comes out and children can play on hot sunny days? Buckets fill up and water comes out, sprinklers from the ground up i mean come its almost the year 2020. Our playgrounds need to stepped up.

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8 months 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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9 months ago

Erwin D'Acosta

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

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