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Who is David Ige?

David Ige (Full name David Yutaka Ige) (Democratic Party) is the Governor of Hawaii. He assumed office on December 1, 2014. His current term ends on December 5, 2022. Ige (Democratic Party) ran for re-election for Governor of Hawaii. He won in the general election on November 6, 2018, Ballotpedia reported.

Early life

Governor Ige was born and raised in Pearl City and is the fifth of six sons of Tokio and Tsurue Ige. He is the first governor in the United States of America of Okinawan descent. He attended public schools in Pearl City and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where he met his wife, Dawn Amano-Ige, Governor Hawaii noted.

Early career

After college, while working for GTE Hawaiian Tel, a career that spanned 18 years, Governor Ige earned a master’s of Business Administration degree in Decisions Sciences at UH Mānoa. In 1986, Hawaii Business magazine named him one of the university’s Top 10 MBA students. He went on to become a successful electrical engineer and project manager with a 34-year career devoted to information technology, telecommunications, networks, and responsible public policy.

Political path

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Governor Ige began his political career in 1985 after being appointed by then Governor George Ariyoshi to fill a vacant seat in the Hawai‘i House of Representatives. In 1994, then Representative Ige was elected to the Hawai‘i Senate where he represented his home district of ‘Aiea / Pearl City until 2014.

Under Governor Ige’s leadership, the state experienced record visitor numbers, which contributed to a robust economy and affirmed Hawai‘i’s global position as a leader in tourism. His efforts resulted in the state achieving a AA+ bond rating, a booming construction industry and the highest employment rate in the nation. Worked to protect over 40,000 acres of watershed forests, delivered thousands of affordable homes and rentals, and advanced a state policy to ensure that 100% of the electricity generated in Hawaii will come from renewable energy resources by the year 2045, Davidige added.

Private life

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Wife: First Lady Dawn Ige

Dawn Amano-Ige became the first lady of Hawaiʻi when her husband, Governor David Ige, was sworn in as the 8th governor of the State of Hawaiʻi in December 2014.

In her role as first lady, Mrs. Ige draws on her experiences as an educator and business woman. She supports education, particularly in the areas of literacy, global education, and international student exchanges. She was honored in 2016 by the Public School of Hawai‘i Foundation.


Governor and Mrs. Ige have three children, Lauren, Amy and Matthew, who are currently pursuing their careers on the mainland.

David Ige against Covid-19

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Gov. David Ige signed a 17th COVID-19 emergency proclamationreducing the state’s mandatory self-quarantine period for travelers entering the state and traveling between counties from 14 to 10 days. The new policy takes effect tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 17 at 12:01 a.m.

The change is based on updated recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State of Hawaiʻi’s Department of Health (DOH) in December.

“A 10-day self-quarantine period allows us to control the spread of COVID-19 in the community while balancing the need to address the mental and emotional health issues caused by isolation, to improve compliance, and to lessen the economic hardship for those unable to return to work. We will continue to assess the situation and make decisions based on evidence and the advice of our health experts,” said Gov. Ige.

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