James "Kimo" Rosen is a retired professional photographer
and amongst other things lived in a tent outdoors for 7 years.
Rosen currently resides on the tropical island of Kaua'i
An edited version of this blog was also published in the Kaua'i Garden Island news on 11-10-18. 'Derek a well-respected figure in Hawaii'
Congratulations to all the winners in this years elections. There are 3 new county council people on Kauai. (Felicia Cowden, Luke Evslin, and KipuKai Kuali‘i.)
"Felicia Cowden came from behind to win the seventh and final council seat in Tuesday’s general election. She’ll join incumbents Mason Chock, Arryl Kaneshiro, Ross Kagawa and Authur Brun on the council, along with challenger Luke Evslin and former councilman, KipuKai Kuali‘i." TGI
Derek Kawakami beat Mel Rapozo in a blowout election. The people on Kauai have spoken.
(See election results at bottom of page.)
James "Kimo" Rosen
Just Imagine, Governor Kawakami and Mayor Rapozo
When I frequented Mel Rapozo's Facebook page he would have many likes for a sign waiving or special event, maybe 50-60. Derek Kawakami for the same type event could have 300-500 likes. Believe it or not Derek once posted a photo of himself eating a cheeseburger
at In-n-out burger in California and got over 300 likes without saying a word.
Mel Rapozo put up one heck of a fight for Mayor. Rapozo, a humble man, a true mensch and a man who loves Kauai more than any person I have ever met. It's heartbreaking not seeing
Mel win after all the hard work. They say the Lord works in mysterious ways and there is a reason for everything. Although I supported Mel, Derek Kawakami is a great guy and Kauai really cannot go wrong.
|Mel Rapozo will be sorely missed|
as the Council chair when his term
limits expire next month. I look forward
to Mel running again for either
Council, Mayor or both!
(Whose that guy with the MAGA hat?)
I have heard through the coconut wireless and even at one of the mayoral debates that Derek could possibly have higher aspirations to make a run for Governor in 2022 when Governor Ige's term limits expire. I believe Kawakami is one of the most popular politicians in the state and a run for Governor is not out of the question. Mel Rapozo will then hopefully be given his due right and time to run again for mayor, the position he so rightly deserves. They say, "the third times a charm!"
Just Imagine, 2022, Governor Kawakami and Mayor Rapozo! Talk about winning!
|Congratulations to Mayor Derek Kawakami and First lady Monica|
Omedetōgozaimasu, Mau hoohiwahiwa, (Congratulations) Derek!