David Ige, Governor, State of Hawaii
SON OF HAWAII
David Ige was born and raised in Pearl City and is the fifth of six sons of Tokio and Tsurue Ige. During World War II, Tokio served in the 100th Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. After the war, his father worked as a steelworker on construction projects while his mother worked as a nurse and dental hygienist. Tokio Ige passed away in 2005 at the age of 86. Tsurue, now retired, resides in Pearl City.
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. 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.
Ige then 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.
Most importantly, UH is where Ige met his wife, Dawn, with whom he now shares three children, Lauren, Amy, and Matthew.
After college, while working for GTE Hawaiian Tel, Ige took graduate courses at UH and earned a master of Business Administration degree in Decisions Sciences. In 1986, Hawaii Business magazine named him one of the university’s Top 10 MBA students.
He went on to become a successful electrical engineer and project manager with a 34-year career devoted to information technology, telecommunications, networks, and responsible public policy.
Prior to being elected governor of Hawaii, Ige served as Program/Project Manager with Robert A. Ige and Associates, Inc., Vice President of Engineering at NetEnterprise, and Project Engineer/Senior Principal Engineer at Pihana Pacific, which established the first world-class data center and carrier-neutral Internet exchange in Hawaii and the Pacific. Before that, he worked as an engineer for GTE Hawaiian Tel for more than 18 years.
As an engineer, he knows and understands the role technology has in our lives and in the state’s information and telecommunications policies. In the Legislature, he co-authored the Hawaii Telecommunications and Information Industries Act that established the state information network and created the Hawaii Information Network Corporation. He has also been at the center of Hawaii’s efforts to diversify its economy. Ige was responsible for establishing seed capital and venture capital programs, software development initiatives, and technology transfer programs.