Note: Ballotpedia will be read-only from 9pm CST on February 25-March 5 while Judgepedia is merged into Ballotpedia.
For status updates, visit
Ballotpedia's coverage of elections held on March 3, 2015, was limited. Select races were covered live, and all results will be added once the merger is complete.

Derek Kawakami

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Derek Kawakami
Derek Kawakami.jpg
Hawaii House of Representatives District 14
In office
April 4, 2011-Present
Term ends
November 7, 2016
Years in position 4
Base salary$57,852/year
Per diem$175/day off Oahu; $10/day on Oahu
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
AppointedApril 4, 2011
Appointed byNeil Abercrombie
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sChaminade University
ProfessionAssistant Operations Manager, Big Save, Incorporated
Office website
Campaign website
Derek Kawakami is a Democratic member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, representing District 14. He was first appointed to the chamber in 2011.

Kawakami was appointed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie on April 4, 2011, to replace Hermina Morita (D).[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Kawakami served on the following committees:

Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2013
Consumer Protection & Commerce, Vice Chair
Energy & Environmental Protection
Ocean, Marine Resources, & Hawaiian Affairs
Water & Land


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kawakami served on these committees:



See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Hawaii House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 9, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent Derek S.K. Kawakami was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Jonathan K. Hoomanawanui was unopposed in the Republican primary. Kawakami defeated Hoomanawanui in the general election.[2][3][4]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 14, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDerek S.K. Kawakami Incumbent 76.4% 5,617
     Republican Jonathan K. Hoomanawanui 23.6% 1,736
Total Votes 7,353


See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2012

Kawakami won re-election in the 2012 election for Hawaii House of Representatives District 14. Kawakami ran unopposed in the August 11 Democratic primary and ran unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kawakami is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Kawakami raised a total of $37,405 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 26, 2013.[7]

Derek Kawakami's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Hawaii State House, District 14 Won $37,405
Grand Total Raised $37,405


Kawakami won election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Kawakami raised a total of $37,405.
Hawaii House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Derek Kawakami's campaign in 2012
Hawaii Operating Engineers$2,000
Yagihara, Scott H$1,500
Hawaii Association of Realtors$1,500
Liberty Dialysis$1,500
Radcliffe, John H$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$37,405
Source:Follow the Money


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Hawaii

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Hawaii scorecards, email suggestions to

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.


In 2014, the Hawaii State Legislature was in session from January 15 through May 2.[8]

Legislators are scored on their "support and advocacy for small business and an improved business climate."


In 2013, the Hawaii State Legislature was in session from January 16 to May 3.[9]

Legislators are scored on their "support and advocacy for small business and an improved business climate."

Recent news

Know more information about this profile?
Submit a bio

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google News search for the term "Derek + Kawakami + Hawaii + House"

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

Derek Kawakami News Feed

  • Loading...

See also

External links

Suggest a link


Political offices
Preceded by
Hermina Morita (D)
Hawaii House of Representatives District 14
April 2011–present
Succeeded by