George Ariyoshi (1926 – )

3rd Governor of Hawaii (D), 1974 – 1986

George Ariyoshi is the 3rd Governor of Hawaii having served from 1974 to 1986. He is the first elected non-white governor of Hawaii and also the first Asian American governor of any state. 

Ariyoshi is Hawaii’s longest-serving governor. He has won 25 electoral campaigns and has never lost.

As governor of Hawaii, Ariyoshi “adopted responsible fiscal strategies, maintained progressive trade relations and steady tourism growth, optimized the development of ocean resources, and strengthened Hawaii’s presence in the Pacific”.

Sources:

Asian Governor, “George R. Ariyoshi An Oral History of the First,” 2016, https://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/bitstream/10125/46011/Ariyoshi_combine_pc_final_revised.pdf.

“George Ariyoshi,” Blue Planet Foundation, December 14, 2016, https://blueplanetfoundation.org/board/george-ariyoshi/.

“George Ariyoshi,” Honolulu Magazine, December 19, 2019, https://www.honolulumagazine.com/nisei-veterans-share-stories-of-life-after-wwii-george-ariyoshi/.

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