Ikaika Anderson

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Ikaika Anderson
Ikaika Anderson, publicity photo.jpg
Vice Chair Honolulu City Council
Assumed office
July 2011
Preceded by Breene Harimoto
Honolulu City Council member, District 3
Assumed office
May 27, 2009
Preceded by Barbara Marshall
Personal details
Born Justin-Michael Ikaika Anderson
(1978-02-05) February 5, 1978 (age 39)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Lisa Anderson

Justin-Michael "Ikaika" Anderson (born February 5, 1978) is an American politician from the state of Hawaii and a member of the Democratic Party. He is a Honolulu City Councilmember for the City and County of Honolulu’s District 3 (which includes Waimānalo, Kailua and Kāneʻohe).[1] He is vice chair of the city council[2][3] and is chair of its Zoning and Planning Committee.[4]

Anderson announced his intention to run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives (Hawaii’s 1st congressional district) in the 2014 election.[3]

Early life[edit]

Anderson was born on Oahu and raised on the windward side of the island by his single mother, Kim, and his grandparents, Whitney and Hannie Anderson (who both served in both chambers of the Hawaii state legislature). Though Anderson was adopted by his grandparents at two years of age, the three collectively raised him as hānai, a custom in Hawaii.[5]

He attended and graduated from Kamehameha Schools and attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in journalism and political science.[4]

Political career[edit]

While attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Anderson served on the Associated Students of the University of Hawaii (ASUH) Senate.[4]

Anderson launched two unsuccessful Hawaii state legislature attempts. He was elected to the Honolulu City Council in a 2009 special election for the seat of the late Barbara Marshall. Anderson served as Marshall’s legislative assistant and she mentored his political career.[1] He was endorsed by Cliff Ziems, Marshall's husband, to succeed her seat on the city council.[6] He was sworn into office on May 27, 2009.[7]

He won his reelection in 2012 with about 64 percent of the vote.[4]

In August 2013, Anderson announced he would seek the democratic nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives for Hawaii’s 1st congressional district, which encompasses the urban core of Honolulu.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Anderson is married to Lisa Anderson (née Hirata). They have four children: Tianni, JW and twins Kaleb and Kaili.

He is a member of the Waimanalo Hawaiian Civic Club, Outrigger Canoe Club, University of Hawaii Alumni Association and Kamehameha Alumni Association.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Ikaika Anderson elected to fill Honolulu City Council seat". The Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Garcia vacates post as Council chairman". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Ikaika Anderson announces candidacy for congress". Hawaii News Now. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Ikaika Anderson". Civilbeat.com. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "About". Ikaika Anderson for Congress. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  6. ^ "11 file to run for Marshall's City Council seat". The Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ikaika Anderson sworn into office". The Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 

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