The Honorable Governor David Ige
David Yutaka Ige (born January 15, 1957) is the eighth and current Governor of Hawaii, and has been in office since 2014. Gov. Ige previously served in the Hawaii State Senate, representing the 16th district, from 1995 to 2014.
Governor Ige has been leading advocate in advancing Hawaii’s transition to a clean energy economy, and ending its present dependence on dirty energy imports. He has also been a leader in addressing Hawaii’s homeless problem, among other accomplishments.
David Ige attended public schools in Pearl City – Pearl City Elementary School, Highlands Intermediate School, and Pearl City High School. He also participated in community sports, beginning with eight years of playing in the Pearl City Little League. At the newly built Pearl City High School, Ige excelled in many activities. In his junior year, he was elected student body vice president, and he served as senior class president the following year. His campaign for student body president stressed diversity and an end to bullying. Ige also led his varsity tennis team to a championship and was honored as the “Scholar-Athlete of the Year.” He graduated fifth in his class of more than 500 students in 1975.
Despite being accepted into M.I.T., Ige attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. While at UH, he served as student body secretary and an officer of several honor societies as well as treasurer and vice-president of his fraternity, Phi Delta Sigma.