Derek vs. Mel

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Mayoral candidate Derek Kawakami, left, responds to a question while candidate Mel Rapozo, center, and moderator Charles Iona listen Thursday during the Kauai Chamber of Commerce political forum for mayoral candidates at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihue.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Mayoral candidates Mel Rapozo and Derek Kawakami greet each other following the 90-minute Kauai Chamber of Commerce political forum for mayoral candidates Thursday at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihue.

LIHUE — The debate between Kauai’s two mayoral candidates on Thursday was awesome, said Mike Martinez of Kapaa.

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