Kawakami files for reelection

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    Mayor Derek Kawakami, right, files paperwork Wednesday to run for reelection, at the Office of the County Clerk Elections Division in the Historic County Building Annex on Rice Street in Lihu‘e.

LIHU‘E — Wednesday, Mayor Derek Kawakami officially filed for reelection.

“If given the honor and privilege to serve another term, we will continue toward our goal: to care for what we have while investing in our future,” Kawakami said in a statement.

He first ran for mayor in 2018, and won with over 65% of the vote against then-County Council Chair Mel Rapozo. Kawakami took office on Dec. 3, 2018.

During his last campaign, Kawakami ran on a commitment to modernize government processes, improve infrastructure and enhance services for employees.

Kawakami previously served on the Kaua‘i County Council from 2008 to 2011 before being appointed to the state House of Representatives. In 2016, Kawakami left his seat at the Legislature for a two-year term on the County Council. He also served on the Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative board of directors.

“I’ve said before and will say every day,” Kawakami said. “Being a husband. Being a father. Being your mayor is the greatest blessing I have ever been bestowed. I don’t take any of my responsibilities for granted, and I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead.”

  1. miki March 31, 2022 8:03 am Reply

    Yes to Mayor Kawakami- you have been a solid worker…. now please help to improve other county workers quality of work output too!!!

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