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

Cherry Tango

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3 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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6 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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