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2022 candidate interview: Michael Roven Poai for Kauaʻi mayor

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Michael Roven Poai, candidate for Kauaʻi mayor.

Kauaʻi mayoral candidate Michael Roven Poai has worked in the Kauaʻi County Parks and Recreation Department under five different mayors and now works for the Wailua Golf Course. While he acknowledges his bid for office is a long shot, he says he wants to try and make changes. Incumbent candidate Derek Kawakami received 79% of the votes cast in the primary mayoral race in August while Roven Poai received 12%.

Our interview with incumbent candidate Derek Kawakami aired on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

This interview aired on The Conversation on Oct. 20, 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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