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Exclusive Interview: Mayor Derek Kawakami Discusses Critical Issues Facing Kauaʻi County Today

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Kauaʻi County Mayor Derek Kawakami was interviewed by Pacific Media Group COO and Kauaʻi Now Director, Jack Dugan about some of the greatest challenges facing the county today.

“You can have all the beds in the world but if you have a staff that is burnt out and you gotta call in federal support – one, that costs money and we don’t know how long that resource will be available – the bigger concern is basically frying our healthcare works to the point where they don’t want to be healthcare workers anymore,” said Mayor Kawakami.

Watch the video above to hear from Mayor Derek Kawakami address the following issues critical to Kauaʻi County:

  • Current Status of Kaua’i County
  • Tourism and Resource Management
  • County Workers and Vaccinations
  • Social Gathering
  • Employment
  • Real Estate and Affordable Housing


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