Derek K. Minakami

Unit 6 Director

Why are you running for office?

I believe I can best be of service to others by offering the skills and knowledge I learned as a leader and educator. In this role, I will help us utilize our collective strength to build upon the accomplishments of our past while fixing areas of need.


What are your goals?

I - Increase member engagement through listening and empowerment; and

2 - Lead members in collaborating with the employer to continuously improve work conditions to help members be effective in their service to others.


  • Kaneohe Elementary Principal; 2012-present
  • Windward District Unit 6 Board Member; 2016-present
  • Castle-Kahuku Complex-Area Steward; 2011-2016
  • WASC Commissioner; 2002-2005; 2017-present
  • Committee on Weights member; SY2005-06
  • Masters of Education in Teaching; UHM 1993
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering; UHM 1991