Hawaii Governor

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Every four years since statehood in 1959, Hawaii has elected a governor for one or more four-year terms.  No governor may serve more than two successive terms but having served two terms can sit out one election cycle and run again. Candidates must be at least 30 years old; be a Hawaii resident for five consecutive years; and cannot serve other professions or paid positions during his term.

Hawaii requires that candidates for statewide and federal offices obtain signatures from 25 registered voters and pay a filing fee to get on the ballot. County elective positions and seats in the Hawaii Legislature require 15 signatures and a filing fee. Filing fees vary depending on the office sought.

In Hawaii, voters do not have to pick a party when they register. This means that voters can choose which primary to participate in. However, they may only vote in one primary and not switch between parties for various offices.

Hawaii election law makes it difficult for nonpartisan or independent candidates to move on to the general election. They must secure 10 percent of the total votes cast in all primaries for their race or secure as many votes as one of the nominated party candidates.


In 2014 David Ige a former Democrat State Senator who led the powerful Ways and Means Committee, defeated the incumbent governor, Neil Abercrombie, in the state primary and went on to roll over the Republican nominee, Duke Aiona, to become the state’s eighth governor and the first Okinawan elected to the top post. Ige is an electrical engineer and a graduate of the University of Hawaii, Manoa.


Previous governors are:

William F. Quinn, Republican, 1959 to 1962;

John A. Burns, Democrat, 1962 to 1974;

George Ariyoshi, Democrat, 1974 to 1986;

John D. Waihee, Democrat, 1086 to 1994;

Ben Cayetano, Democrat, 1994 to 2002;

Linda Lingle, 2002 to 2010;

Neil Abercrombie, 2010 to 2014;




Hawaii Governor

August 2016

Thursday, August 18

A Full-Year Homeless Emergency

July 2016

Thursday, July 21

Ige Looks To Reduce Unsheltered Homeless To ‘Functional Zero’

Monday, July 18

Labor Pains: Still No Deal On Bill To Assist Maui Hospital Workers

Tuesday, July 12

Lawmakers, Governor Seek Compromise On Maui Hospital Bill

Friday, July 8

Lawmakers May Call Special Session To Aid Maui Hospital Workers

June 2016

Thursday, June 30

Hawaii AG Appeals DHHL Case

May 2016

Monday, May 9

Criminal Justice Reform Fails To Get Much Legislative Love

March 2016

Monday, March 28

NextEra Deal: What Happens If The PUC Loses A Member?

January 2016

Thursday, January 28

OCCC Relocation Could Be Almost A Half-Billion-Dollar Proposition

October 2015

Tuesday, October 6

Unfilled Seats Strangle Hawaii Environmental Council’s Work

September 2015

Tuesday, September 22

Abercrombie Picks Maui Artist to Paint His Official Portrait

August 2015

Wednesday, August 5

Governor’s Idea for New Halawa Prison Deserves Exploration

Monday, August 3

Ige: Number of Hawaii Prisoners Incarcerated in Arizona Will Go Up Before it Goes Down

May 2015

Wednesday, May 13

Sign the Tobacco and E-Cigarette Ban

January 2015

Monday, January 26

Read Hawaii Gov. David Ige’s First State of the State Address

Friday, January 16

Health Department Flouts Law Calling for Online Access to Care Home Reports

Monday, January 5

Ige Picks New State Labor, Communications Directors

December 2014

Friday, December 26

Hawaii Media Outlets, Nonprofits Ask Ige to Improve Government Transparency

Wednesday, December 3

Governor Announces Six More Cabinet Members

Monday, December 1

David Ige Inauguration: Introducing Hawaii’s Eighth Governor

Final Preparations Underway Before Ige’s Inauguration

10 Things Hawaii’s Next Governor Has Said He’ll Do

September 2014

Friday, September 19

Abercrombie’s Official Portrait Expected to Cost Taxpayers $45,000

Tuesday, September 2

Denby Fawcett: Who the Heck Is David Ige?

August 2014

Monday, August 25

Chad Blair: Republicans on Parade

July 2013

Wednesday, July 10

David Ige Becomes the First Challenger in Hawaii Gubernatorial Race

May 2013

Wednesday, May 1

Abercrombie Teams With Caldwell To Tear Down Waikiki Natatorium

February 2013

Wednesday, February 20

Impeach Hawaii’s Governor? State Senate Establishes Causes

June 2012

Saturday, June 30

Ariyoshi on Hawaii Tourism and Sustainability

Ariyoshi on Hawaii’s Role in the Asia-Pacific

March 2012

Saturday, March 31

Hawaii Gov Remains Defiant on HSTA Standoff

Friday, March 30

Staff Turnover Doesn’t Bother Abercrombie

Thursday, March 29

Who Speaks for the Abercrombie Administration?

Abercrombie: Environmental Critics Are ‘Apocalyptic’ Naysayers

February 2012

Friday, February 17

Governor’s Emails Auto-Deleted After 60 Days

January 2012

Saturday, January 14

Capitol Watch — Hawaii Politics and Government — Jan. 16-22

Hedging Bets at the 2012 Hawaii Ledge

Saturday, January 7

Capitol Watch — Hawaii Politics and Government — Jan. 9-15

December 2011

Saturday, December 31

Capitol Watch — Hawaii Politics and Government — Jan. 2-8

Saturday, December 24

Abercrombie’s First Year, According To Abercrombie

Friday, December 23

Capitol Watch — Hawaii Politics and Government — Dec. 26-Jan. 1

Friday, December 16

Capitol Watch — Hawaii Politics and Government — Dec. 19-Dec. 25

Saturday, December 10

Capitol Watch — Hawaii Politics and Government — Dec. 12-Dec. 18

Saturday, December 3

Capitol Watch — Hawaii Politics and Government — Dec. 5-Dec. 11

November 2011

Tuesday, November 29

Abercrombie Wants to Build ‘Third City’

Abercrombie Relents On Nominees’ Names, But Hasn’t Changed His View

Monday, November 28

Abercrombie: ‘Please Have Faith In Me’

Monday, November 21

Swag of Our Governors

Monday, November 7

Blake Oshiro Will Be Gov’s New Deputy Chief Of Staff

October 2011

Wednesday, October 19

Lingle’s Official Website As Hawaii Gov Hard To Find

Friday, October 7

Senior Dems Pushed Gov To Shake Up Staff

July 2011

Wednesday, July 27

Hawaii Pays $50K For Help In Labor Dispute

June 2011

Wednesday, June 22

Why Abercrombie Chose To Target Five Boards

March 2011

Wednesday, March 16

Capitol Watch: March 17

Monday, March 14

Hawaii Tsunami Costs Rising, Gov Expands Disaster Declaration

February 2011

Tuesday, February 22

Off The Beat: Separation of Powers

Thursday, February 17

Usual Suspects Gave Big Bucks For Abercrombie Inauguration

Friday, February 4

OIP: Abercrombie Must Reveal Judge Candidates

January 2011

Tuesday, January 25

Fighting for Hawaii High Court Short List

Friday, January 14

Capitol Watch: Jan. 14

December 2010

Saturday, December 18

Capitol Watch: Dec. 18

Thursday, December 16

Capitol Watch: Dec. 16

Gov: ‘Bring All Prisoners Back’ From Mainland

Tuesday, December 14

Capitol Watch: Dec. 15

Monday, December 13

Capitol Watch: Dec. 13

Wednesday, December 8

The AAA Team: Amy, Andrew and Abercrombie

Capitol Watch: Dec. 8

Tuesday, December 7

Experience The Inauguration in Less Than Three Minutes

Monday, December 6

Lingle: Welfare Rolls Decreased 40 Percent Under My Watch

Slideshow: The Inauguration of Neil Abercrombie by John Hook

Sunday, December 5

Dissecting Abercrombie’s ‘New Day’

Capitol Watch, Dec. 6: Live Blogging the Inauguration of Neil Abercrombie

Capitol Watch: Dec. 4

Friday, December 3

Capitol Watch: Dec. 7

Thursday, December 2

Capitol Watch: Dec. 3

Wednesday, December 1

Capitol Watch: Dec. 2

Abercrombie Will Have Exceptional Power

November 2010

Tuesday, November 30

Capitol Watch: Dec. 1