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Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii
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Josh Green

since December 3, 2018
Term lengthFour years, renewable once
Inaugural holder James Kealoha
FormationAugust 21, 1959
(59 years ago)
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. The Lieutenant Governor 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. The Lieutenant Governor 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 the Lieutenant Governor be barred from other professions or paid positions during the term.

List of lieutenant governors


   Democratic (12)    Republican (2)

# Picture 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 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 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 President Arroyo with Hawaii Governor Benjamin Cayetano (cropped).jpg Ben Cayetano December 2, 1986 December 2, 1994 Democratic John D. Waihee
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 Josh Green (cropped).jpg Josh Green December 3, 2018 Incumbent Democratic

Living former U.S. Lieutenant Governors of Hawaii

As of December 2018, there are eight 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 (served 1970–1974, born 1926). The most recent death of a former U.S. lieutenant governor of Hawaii was that of Nelson Doi (served 1974–1978, born 1922), who died on May 16, 2015. The most recently serving lieutenant governor to die was Jean King (1978-1982, born 1925) on November 24, 2013.

Lt. Governor Lt. Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
George Ariyoshi 1970–1974 (1926-03-12) March 12, 1926 (age 92)
John D. Waihee III 1982–1986 (1946-05-19) May 19, 1946 (age 72)
Ben 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)
Shan Tsutsui 2012–2018 (1971-08-09) August 9, 1971 (age 47)
Doug Chin 2018 (1966-07-21) July 21, 1966 (age 52)