LIHU‘E — There was a bit less fanfare Tuesday than in years past as the 2021-22 Kaua‘i County Council pledged their oaths to the people of Kaua‘i and were sworn in as councilmembers.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting was physically closed to spectators, who logged on to the brief, 10-minute inaugural meeting.
“It’s a great honor that I get to kick off this new council,” said Mayor Derek Kawakami, a former councilmember who called the meeting to order virtually outside of the council chambers in the Historic County Building.
Councilmembers unanimously nominated and appointed Arryl Kaneshiro as cChair for the next two years. Mason Chock will take on the duty of vice chair, formerly held by Ross Kagawa.
County Clerk Jade K. Fountain-Tanigawa and Deputy County Clerk Scott K. Sato were reappointed to their positions.
In a separate ceremony, Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar was sworn-in for another four-year term, in a position he has held since 2012.