Kawakami leading in campaign contributions

Derek Kawakami, Kauai Council councilman and mayoral candidate, reported contributions of $204,071 to his campaign, the most of those seeking the highest office on Kauai.

Candidates filed contributions (over $100) and expenditures for the time period from Jan. 1 to June 30 to the state’s Department of Accounting and General Services Campaign Spending Commission.

Today, TGI takes a look at campaign financial reports of Kauai’s mayor candidates. Wednesday, it will look at the financial reports of County Council candidates and Thursday, it will look at financial reports of legislative candidates.

Some of the donors to Kawakami’s campaign included $500 from George Costa of Kapaa, $4,000 from Paul Kosasa, president of ABC stores, $4,000 from Glenn Okino, president of Mitsunaga Construction on Oahu, and $1,000 from Jeff Stone.

Organizations that donated $4,000 each to Kawakami included Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters, Ironworkers for Better Government, Painters Union Local 1791 and Operating Engineers Local Union Nov.3 District 17.

Kawakami reported expenditures of $168, 485, including for food and beverages, office supplies, lease/rent and professional services.

He loaned $2,000 to his campaign.

Council Chair and mayoral candidate Mel Rapozo reported contributions of $47,987.42. Some of his donors include $2,865.03 from John Apana; $4,000 from Larraine Morijuchi and $4,000 from Local Union 1186 IBEW PAC Fund.

He reported expenditures of $47,059.

Councilwoman and mayoral candidate JoAnn Yukimura reported contributions of $29,458. Some donors included Bridget Hammerquist of Koloa, $1,782.29; Robert Hammerquist, Koloa, $919.37; $2,000 each from Eileen Kechloian and John Kechloian of Koloa and $1,000 each from several individuals.

She reported expenditures of $24,898.

Parks director Lenny Rapozo has received contributions of $35,591.84. Donors included $2,080 from Derek Ibaan; $3,960 from Leroy Sakaguchi; and $1,000 from Russell Wong.

He reported expenditures of $33, 735.88.

Mayoral candidates Clint Yago, Debra Kekaualua and Ana Mo Des did not file reports.

Those not expecting to raise over $1,000 during this election cycle, are not required to file their reports until December.

3 Comments
  1. I saw a Vampire once July 17, 2018 9:15 am Reply

    Good report. How much did Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. report? They’re for you. Borrowing a car all the time. No payments made.


  2. Researched It July 17, 2018 3:40 pm Reply

    Derek Kawakami also received two hefty donations from A&B in February of this year. In March Derek voted in favor of adding A&B Provisional Ag designation on 800 acres, where they are planning their “Second City” development. He was also on A&B’s Community Focus Committee during the planning of the “Second City”. He has received in total around $14,000 in campaign donations from A&B. Provisional Ag designation will get A&B around doing an early stage Environmental Impact Statement.


  3. Lucky we live Kaua’i July 17, 2018 10:01 pm Reply

    Kawakami raised $204,000.00. $93,000.00 of that money was from Oahu. That’s over 45%! Is Oahu trying to influence the Mayoral election in Kaua’i??? Wondering why…can it be their plan to have the outer islands grow their TAT revenue to support Oahu by sending more visitors to the outer islands. The rail does seem to be sucking up our $. Is Oahu acting just like Russia? $93,000 in six months is an awful lot of money coming to an outer island Mayoral campaign. Kirk Caldwell is throwing a fundraiser for Derek Kawakami next week with a suggested donation of $1,000.00 per person. That will make Oahu responsible for most of Kawakami’s campaign donations.


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