Mayor of Kauai Article

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Mayor of Kauai
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Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho at Tucson.jpg
Bernard Carvalho

since December 1, 2008
Inaugural holder Antone Vidinha

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 Niʻihau. Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr. was elected on November 4, 2008 as the mayor of Kaua'i over JoAnn A. Yukimura, who was Kauai's mayor from 1988 to 1992, with 15,857 votes out of 40,323 registered votors in the County of Kaua'i. 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]

List of mayors of Kauai

Mayor Term Begins Term Ends Notes
Antone Vidinha 1969 1972 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 1974
Eduardo Malapit 1974 1982
Tony Kunimura 1982 1988 [6] 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 Present


  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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