Governor of Hawaii

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Governor of Hawaii
Governor David Ige.jpg
David Ige

since December 1, 2014
ResidenceWashington Place
Term lengthFour years, maximum of two terms consecutively
Inaugural holderWilliam F. Quinn
FormationAugust 21, 1959
DeputyShan Tsutsui
Salary$129,660 (2009)[1]
Flag of the Governor before Statehood in 1959
Sanford B. Dole, President of Hawaii and first Governor of Hawaii Territory
Oren E. Long, tenth Governor of Hawaii Territory, and one of the first two U.S. Senators from Hawaii

The Governor of the State of Hawaii is the head of the executive branch of Hawaii's government[2] and commander-in-chief of the state's military.[3] The governor has a duty to enforce state laws.[3] He also has the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Hawaii Legislature,[4] and the power to grant pardons, except in cases of treason and impeachment.[3]

There have been seven governors of the state. Two have been elected to three terms. Three have been elected to two terms. The only one-term governor was the first, William F. Quinn. He also served a term as territorial governor. No state governor has resigned or died in office. No territorial governor ever died in office. George Ariyoshi was the first Asian American to be governor of any U.S. state. The current governor is David Ige. He took office on December 1, 2014.

List of governors[change | change source]

Living former governors[change | change source]

As of December 2014, five former governors were alive. The most recent death of a former governor was that of William F. Quinn (1957–1962), who died on August 28, 2006.

Name Term of office Date of birth
George Ariyoshi 1974–1986 (1926-03-12) March 12, 1926 (age 95)
John D. Waihee III 1986–1994 (1946-05-19) May 19, 1946 (age 75)
Ben Cayetano 1994–2002 (1939-11-14) November 14, 1939 (age 82)
Linda Lingle 2002–2010 (1953-06-04) June 4, 1953 (age 68)
Neil Abercrombie 2010–2014 (1938-06-26) June 26, 1938 (age 83)

Notes[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  • "Office of the Governor". Retrieved February 22, 2008.
  • "Previous Governors of Hawaiʻi". Office of the Governor. Retrieved February 22, 2008.
  • "Governors of Hawaii". National Governors Association. Archived from the original on November 1, 2007. Retrieved February 22, 2008.
  1. "The Public Should Know the Truth Behind Government Pay Raises". Hawaii Reporter. January 20, 2009. Retrieved July 11, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  2. HI Const. art. V, § 1
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 HI Const. art. V, § 5
  4. HI Const. art. IV, § 16

Other websites[change | change source]