Mayor Kawakami will keep his promises

People often talk about improving. They talk about becoming a better person. They talk about setting their sights higher. They talk about changing themselves.

It’s generally pretty generic, nothing too specific, always subject to change. Motivation, discipline, often wane, and people fall back on easier, more comfortable paths.

Not so with our Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami, who will give his State of the County address at 8:30 today at the Lihue Civic Center Mo‘ikeha Building courtyard.

On Saturday, at the 15th Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, Kawakami stood before the crowd of about 1,000 people and said this:

“One hundred days from now, I’ll be a better person. I promise you.”

He didn’t say he would try.

He didn’t say he hoped.

He didn’t say if it all works out.

He said, “I’ll be a better person. I promise you.”

We don’t doubt him.

In his first 100 days in office, which he’ll talk about this morning, the mayor set lofty goals and did many of the things he said he would: Host a housing summit, identify areas to audit, end long motor vehicle registration lines, and compile a legislative package.

The mayor said something else Saturday that caught our attention. He said this island deserves to have the best mayor (we should add he praised former Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. for his performance in leading this island for 10 years). And that, he said, is why in the next 100 days he planned to audit himself. He wants to see where he is strong, where he is weak, and where there are opportunities to improve. He wants to do all he can so he will be the very best mayor he can be.

Kawakami is not going it alone, at least not if people respond when he called on everyone at the prayer luncheon to join him.

“I’m going to need your help in prayer,” he said.

Our mayor has already accomplished a great deal in his first 100 days, and he’s just getting started.

We believe even better days are ahead under his leadership. When you consider this man’s experience and background in business, in politics, in community, and understand his deep roots here and how he loves Kauai, you can’t help but acknowledge he has the tools to get things done. Not just talk about them, but do them.

When he says he wants to be the very best mayor he can because that’s what this island deserves, we believe him.

When he says he will be a better person in 100 days, we believe him.

Based on the margin by which he won the mayor’s seat, it’s clear most others do, too.

Kawakami will cover a lot of ground in his State of the County address this morning. He will talk about a lot of plans, a lot of goals, a lot of what he wants to do as mayor.

But it will be more than a lot of talk.

We are confident he will deliver on his promises.

Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami — and we’re basing this on his experience and achievements — is someone who gets things done. He gets things done because, in the end, he knows people will judge him on his deeds, not his words. He knows people of this island are counting him.

And he does not plan to let them down.

  1. I saw a Vampire once March 14, 2019 12:28 am Reply

    Can you guarantee the airline industry will not faulter. Hawaiian airlines is already on the verge of being taken over by Southwest airlines. Can you guarantee the continuance of Hawaiian airlines? How will you go about this? It looks like another airline from Hawai’i will lose its positioning, and succumb to a corporate take over. Southwest will own Hawaiian airlines now.

  2. kauaiboy March 14, 2019 6:43 am Reply

    Host a housing summit, identify areas to audit, and compile a legislative package?????????????

    Do we really need more talk and audits and summits and conferences?

    I’m praying for rapid affordable housing project action, improved roadway with roadway repairs completed within the next 6 months, and vigorous support for a hemp industry. Maybe even a floating a bond to pay for a monorail across the wilderness at the center of Kauai.

    Perhaps Mayor Kawakami should engage people like Michael Wells to get to the hearts of current matters. (See the Guest Editorial in today’s paper).

    1. ted March 14, 2019 9:04 pm Reply

      monorail through the center of the island?! what you smokin on ?!

  3. james March 14, 2019 7:00 am Reply

    Seriously? What is this, a PR piece for Kawakami, who hasn’t done anything significant yet? And saying “I’m going to need your help in prayer” reeks of mixing religion into politics, something our fore-founders found repulsive. Who wrote this puff piece? Let’s focus on facts and tangible results GI, not Rah Rah bulls***.

  4. Kimberly O'Nan March 14, 2019 8:47 am Reply


  5. Joe Public March 14, 2019 10:30 am Reply

    Maybe if he stopped surfing in the morning during the weekdays, and put that effort into his job, things may actually get done.

  6. Makani B. Howard March 15, 2019 10:02 am Reply

    Sounds to me like he hasn’t actually ‘done” anything!

    As Kimberly said….. fix the roads!

    Nice puff piece!

  7. truth be known March 16, 2019 3:32 pm Reply

    Puzzling that there is no follow-up story of what was actually presented at this hyped up “State of the County” address. Was it “business as usual” i.e. nothing noteworthy or were there substantive pronouncements and commitments? What’s up GI? Keep us informed.

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