Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami: Once rebellious kid, now island leader


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Derek Kawakami has gleaned lessons from all sorts of life experiences, from hustling to grow his paper route as a young boy to feeling like an outsider as a teenager to parenting while trying to build a career in public service.

The mayor of Kauai thoughtfully reflects on his life experiences in this episode of the podcast and shares insight into how he structures his days and what his whole family watches together at night (hint: they don’t easily get scared or squeamish). As a local kid who had to be convinced to run for office, he says he grew to love his job so much that he then had to learn to learn a new lesson: how to sometimes say no.

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