Mayor of Kauai

The Mayor of Kauaʻi is the chief executive officer of the County of Kauaʻi in the state of Hawaiʻi. He or she has municipal jurisdiction over the islands of Kauaʻi and Ni’ihau. Derek Kawakami was elected on November 6, 2018 as the mayor of Kauaʻi over JoAnn A. Yukimura, who was Kauaʻi's mayor from 1988 to 1992, with 15,857 votes out of 40,323 registered voters in the County of Kauaʻi. The Mayor of Kauaʻi is the successor of the Royal Governors of Kauaʻi of the Kingdom of Hawaii.

The most recent previous mayor of Kauai, Bryan J. Baptiste, served from 2002 until his death on June 22, 2008. Bill "Kaipo" Asing was sworn as acting mayor on July 17, 2008,[1] until a special election could be held to fill the remaining two years of Baptiste's term.

Bernard Carvalho was elected on November 4, 2008 to complete the remaining two years of Baptiste's unexpired term.[2]

Mayor of Kauai
Seal of Kauai County, Hawaii
Derek Kawakami

since December 3, 2018
Inaugural holderAntone Vidinha

List of mayors of Kauai

Name Term of Office Notes
Antone Vidinha 1969

First mayor of Kauai; served two consecutive terms (1969-1970, 1971-1972).[3] Defeated for re-election in 1972.[4]
Francis M. F. Ching[5] 1972

Eduardo Malapit 1974

Tony Kunimura 1982

Defeated for re-election in the 1988 mayoral primary by JoAnn Yukimura. [7]
JoAnn Yukimura 1988

December 1994
First female mayor of Kauai. Defeated by Maryanne Kusaka in the 1994 general election
Maryanne Kusaka December 1994

December 2, 2002
Bryan Baptiste December 2, 2002

June 22, 2008
Died in office on June 22, 2008
Gary Heu June 22, 2008

July 17, 2008
Baptiste's administrative assistant who served as acting mayor from Baptiste's death until Asing was sworn in as interim mayor on July 17, 2008.[1]
Kaipo Asing July 17, 2008

December 1, 2008
Elected interim mayor by the Kauai County Council until the special election to fill the remainder of Baptiste's unexpired term.[1]
Bernard Carvalho December 1, 2008

December 3, 2018
Derek Kawakami December 3, 2018



  1. ^ a b c "Asing will be sworn in as Kauai mayor today". Honolulu Advertiser. 2008-07-17. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  2. ^ "Carvalho to face LaBedz in general election". Associated Press. Hawaii News Now. 2010-09-19. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  3. ^ Soboleski, Hank (2008-11-07). "Island History: Mayor Antone Kona Vidinha". The Garden Island. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  4. ^ Soboleski, Hank (2008-07-25). "Island History: Mayor Vidinha And The Haleko Shops Ghost". The Garden Island. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  5. ^ Soboleski, Hank (2008-10-17). "Island History for Friday, October 17, 2008: Mayor Francis M. F. Ching". The Garden Island. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  6. ^ "Late Mayor Tony Kunimura to be memorialized with bronze bust". The Garden Island. 2000-03-30. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  7. ^ Chang, Lester (2004-05-08). "County of Kaua'i history comes to life at ceremony". The Garden Island. Retrieved 2015-12-01.

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Derek Kawakami

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Eduardo Malapit

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