Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii

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Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii
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Josh Green

since December 3, 2018
Term lengthFour years, renewable once
Inaugural holderJames Kealoha
FormationAugust 21, 1959
(60 years ago)
WebsiteOffice of the Lt. Governor
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The Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii (Hawaiian: Hope kiaʻāina o Hawaiʻi) is the assistant chief executive of the U.S. state of Hawaii and its various agencies and departments, as provided in the Article V, Sections 2 though 6 of the Constitution of Hawaii.[1] Elected by popular suffrage of residents of the state on the same ticket as the Governor of Hawaii, the officeholder is concurrently the Secretary of State of Hawaii.

The officeholder becomes Governor of Hawaii in an acting capacity upon an absence of the person occupying the office from the state or if the person becomes disabled from duty. Historically, Hawaii Lieutenant Governors were members of either the Hawaii Democratic Party or Hawaii Republican Party. Three have gone on to become Governor of Hawaii: George Ariyoshi, Ben Cayetano and John D. Waihee III.


The Lieutenant Governor of Hawaiʻi is limited to two four-year terms. Inauguration takes place on the first Monday in December following a gubernatorial election. A single term ends at noon four years later. The Lieutenant Governor must be thirty years old and be a resident of Hawaiʻi for five consecutive years previous to election. Unlike some other states, the office of Lieutenant Governor of Hawaiʻi is a full-time position and requires that the Lieutenant Governor be barred from other professions or paid positions during the term.

List of lieutenant governors[edit]


  Democratic (12)   Republican (2)

# Picture Lt. Governor Took Office Left Office Party Governor(s) served under
1 James Kealoha.jpg James Kealoha August 21, 1959 December 2, 1962 Republican William F. Quinn
2 William S. Richardson December 2, 1962 December 2, 1966 Democratic John A. Burns
3 Thomas Gill.jpg Thomas Gill December 2, 1966 December 2, 1970 Democratic
4 BWV - Washington Place (cropped).jpg George Ariyoshi December 2, 1970 December 2, 1974 Democratic
5 Nelson Doi.jpg Nelson Doi December 2, 1974 December 2, 1978 Democratic George Ariyoshi
6 Jean King.jpg Jean King December 2, 1978 December 2, 1982 Democratic
7 John David Waihee III.jpg John D. Waiheʻe December 2, 1982 December 2, 1986 Democratic
8 President Arroyo with Hawaii Governor Benjamin Cayetano (cropped).jpg Ben Cayetano December 2, 1986 December 2, 1994 Democratic John D. Waiheʻe
9 Mazie Hirono, official 110th Congress photo.jpg Mazie Hirono December 2, 1994 December 2, 2002 Democratic Ben Cayetano
10 Duke Aiona.jpg Duke Aiona December 4, 2002 December 6, 2010 Republican Linda Lingle
11 Brian Schatz.jpg Brian Schatz December 6, 2010 December 26, 2012 Democratic Neil Abercrombie
12 Shan Tsutsui.jpg Shan Tsutsui December 27, 2012 January 31, 2018 Democratic
David Ige
13 Lt Gov Doug Chin.jpg Doug Chin February 2, 2018 December 3, 2018 Democratic
14 Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii Josh Green (cropped).jpg Josh Green December 3, 2018 Incumbent Democratic

Living former Lieutenant Governors of Hawaii[edit]

As of December 2018, there are eight living former Lieutenant Governors of Hawaii, the oldest being George Ariyoshi (served 1970–1974, born 1926). The most recent death of a former Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii was that of Nelson Doi (served 1974–1978, born 1922), who died on May 16, 2015. The most recently serving officeholder to die was Jean King (1978–1982, born 1925) on November 24, 2013.

Lieutenant Governor Term Date of birth (and age)
George Ariyoshi 1970–1974 (1926-03-12) March 12, 1926 (age 94)
John D. Waiheʻe III 1982–1986 (1946-05-19) May 19, 1946 (age 74)
Ben Cayetano 1986–1994 (1939-11-04) November 4, 1939 (age 80)
Mazie Hirono 1994–2002 (1947-11-03) November 3, 1947 (age 72)
Duke Aiona 2002–2010 (1955-06-08) June 8, 1955 (age 65)
Brian Schatz 2010–2012 (1972-10-20) October 20, 1972 (age 47)
Shan Tsutsui 2012–2018 (1971-08-09) August 9, 1971 (age 48)
Doug Chin 2018 (1966-07-21) July 21, 1966 (age 53)


  1. ^ "Hawaii Revised Statutes §26-1(a) (2019)". Hawaiʻi State Legislature. Retrieved 12 February 2019.

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