Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii

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Lt. Governor of State of Hawaii
Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii
Shan Tsutsui

since December 27, 2012
Term length Four years, renewable once
Inaugural holder James Kealoha
Formation 1959
Website Office of the Lt. Governor
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The Lieutenant Governor of Hawaiʻi, concurrently the Secretary of State of Hawaiʻi, is the assistant chief executive of that U.S. state and its various agencies and departments, as provided in the Hawaiʻi State Constitution Article V, Sections 2 though 6. He or she is elected by popular suffrage of residents of the state on the same ticket as the Governor of Hawaiʻi. The lieutenant governor becomes acting governor upon the absence of the governor from the state, or if the governor becomes disabled from duty. Historically, lieutenant governors were members of either the Hawaiʻi Democratic Party or Hawaiʻi Republican Party.

Three lieutenant governors 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. He or she must be thirty years old and be a resident of Hawaiʻi for five consecutive years previous to election. Unlike other states, the office of Lieutenant Governor of Hawaiʻi is a full-time position and requires that he or she be barred from other professions or paid positions during the term.

List of lieutenant governors


      Democratic       Republican

# Image Lt. Governor Took Office Left Office Party Governor(s) served under
1 No image.svg James Kealoha August 21, 1959 December 2, 1962 Republican William F. Quinn
2 No image.svg William S. Richardson December 2, 1962 December 2, 1966 Democratic John A. Burns
3 75px Thomas Gill December 2, 1966 December 2, 1970 Democratic
4 75px George Ariyoshi December 2, 1970 December 2, 1974 Democratic
5 No image.svg Nelson Doi December 2, 1974 December 2, 1978 Democratic George Ariyoshi
6 No image.svg Jean King December 2, 1978 December 2, 1982 Democratic
7 John David Waihee III.jpg John D. Waihee December 2, 1982 December 2, 1986 Democratic
8 Ben Cayetano Portrait.jpg Ben Cayetano December 2, 1986 December 2, 1994 Democratic John D. Waihee
9 Mazie Hirono, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg Mazie Hirono December 2, 1994 December 2, 2002 Democratic Ben Cayetano
10 75px Duke Aiona December 4, 2002 December 6, 2010 Republican Linda Lingle
11 Brian Schatz, official portrait, 113th Congress 2.jpg Brian Schatz December 6, 2010 December 26, 2012 Democratic Neil Abercrombie
12 No image.svg Shan Tsutsui December 27, 2012 Democratic
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Living former U.S. Lieutenant Governors of Hawaii

As of May 2015, there are six former U.S. lieutenant governors of Hawaii who are currently living at this time, the oldest U.S. lieutenant governor of Hawaii being George Ariyoshi (1970–1974, born 1926). The most recent death of a former U.S. lieutenant governor of Hawaii was that of Nelson Doi (1974–1978), who died on May 16, 2015.

Lt. Governor Lt. Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
George Ariyoshi 1970–1974 (1926-03-12) March 12, 1926 (age 93)
John D. Waihee III 1982–1986 (1946-05-19) May 19, 1946 (age 73)
Benjamin J. Cayetano 1986–1994 (1939-11-04) November 4, 1939 (age 79)
Mazie Hirono 1994–2002 (1947-11-03) November 3, 1947 (age 71)
Duke Aiona 2002–2010 (1955-06-08) June 8, 1955 (age 63)
Brian Schatz 2010–2012 (1972-10-20) October 20, 1972 (age 46)