While many on the island were busy celebrating the Obama victory, the county of Kauai was morphing its personality by electing a new Mayor and new County Council. Former Dept. of Parks and Recreation head Bernard Carvalho defeated former Kauai mayor Joanne Yukimura by a pretty big margin. I heard one local fellow remark recently "Bernard - he got no knowledge", Joanne- "she got too much knowledge". At any rate, Joanne, a Stanford grad with a long history of serving Kauai, was defeated and now we'll see if the new, younger Mayor can make some inroads into Kauai's many issues including infrastructure development, waste management, affordable housing, drug treatment centers, and more.
Meanwhile, the face of the seven member County Council, the governing body over which the Mayor presides, was reshaped with the adding of three new youthful faces. Thirty-year old Derek Kawakami is a local business man and the youngest member. Lani Kawahara, a 42-year old Kapa`a Librarian is optimisitic about adding her fresh perspective and honesty to the mix. Dickie Chang, who can be seen on the Garden Island website and who produces and hosts Wala`au, a local-style TV show, is the third new member to join four incumbents with Jay Furfaro the lead vote getter. Furfaro is more than likely going to be the chair of the Council.
With tourism getting hammered from lost cruise ships and two airlines going out of business, plus the higher price of airfare and the global economic concerns, the county officials, like our new President Obama, will have their hands full. Let's hope they can put some ideas into action and not continue the County Council's reputation for procrastinating.
New Kauai County Council Members:
From top left: 4 incumbents - Bill “Kaipo” Asing, Jay Furfaro, Tim Bynum, Daryl Kaneshiro,
Bottom row, the rookies: Dickie Chang, Lani Kawahara and Derek Kawakami
Ron Margolis, RA, CDPE, ABR Hawaii Life Real Estate Services 808.346.7095 email: firstname.lastname@example.org