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2022 candidate interview: Derek Kawakami for Kauaʻi mayor

Kauaʻi Mayor Derek Kawakami is seeking reelection.
Courtesy Derek Kawakami
Kauaʻi Mayor Derek Kawakami is seeking reelection.

Kauaʻi Mayor Derek Kawakami just signed into law a bill that requires new construction to take sea level rise into account. It sets a new model for the country’s coastal communities.

Meanwhile, Kawakami is being challenged by Michael Roven Poai as he seeks a second term in office. Speaking to The Conversation, Kawakami says he will stay the course if voters return him to office in the general election.

Our interview with candidate Michael Roven Poai aired on Thursday, Oct. 20.

This interview aired on The Conversation on Oct. 19, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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