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.

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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.

History

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
Ige: Number of Hawaii Prisoners Incarcerated in Arizona Will Go Up Before it Goes Down Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

The governor acknowledges that sending prisoners to the mainland is not ideal but says there is little choice for now because the prison in Halawa needs upgrading and the jail in Kalihi needs to be replaced.

Sign the Tobacco and E-Cigarette Ban Challiyil EswarChalakudy via Wikimedia Commons

Sign the Tobacco and E-Cigarette Ban

Hawaii has the opportunity to show leadership nationally in protecting young adults from one of society's most widespread and costly addictions.
Read Hawaii Gov. David Ige’s First State of the State Address

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

The first-term Democratic governor talked about balancing the state's spending, making government more efficient and being more aggressive in finding federal funding.
Health Department Flouts Law Calling for Online Access to Care Home Reports Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

Hawaii's program remains far from implementation despite an 18-month lead time to meet the Jan. 1 deadline to make inspection reports available online.
Ige Picks New State Labor, Communications Directors Shawn T Moore/Office of the Governor

Ige Picks New State Labor, Communications Directors

Hawaii governor is working to fill remaining Cabinet positions yet this month.
Hawaii Media Outlets, Nonprofits Ask Ige to Improve Government Transparency Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Media Outlets, Nonprofits Ask Ige to Improve Government Transparency

Hui of 22 groups pens a letter to start a dialogue with the new administration about access to public records.
Governor Announces Six More Cabinet Members Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Governor Announces Six More Cabinet Members

Ige is keeping some of the key money officials from Abercrombie's administration.
David Ige Inauguration: Introducing Hawaii’s Eighth Governor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

David Ige Inauguration: Introducing Hawaii’s Eighth Governor

The longtime state lawmaker took the oath of office Monday, underscoring the opportunity the next administration has to "chart a new tomorrow."
Final Preparations Underway Before Ige’s Inauguration Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Final Preparations Underway Before Ige’s Inauguration

Roughly 2,000 seats have been set up in the Capitol rotunda for Monday's ceremony.
10 Things Hawaii’s Next Governor Has Said He’ll Do Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

David Ige told voters he would do quite a bit if elected. Here's some of what the public should expect to see.
Abercrombie’s Official Portrait Expected to Cost Taxpayers $45,000 Office of the Governor

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

The Hawaii governor's primary election loss surprised the agency responsible for the project, pushing its unveiling back months.
Denby Fawcett: Who the Heck Is David Ige? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: Who the Heck Is David Ige?

Our columnist spends a recent morning getting to know the Democratic contender for Hawaii governor.