David's Open Road


    Hawaii Roadtrip


State of Hawaii

“People know when you really are passionate about what you’re doing. They can see when you make an effort.”


Science Politics


Chance Transitions Exploration Opportunity Dedication Hard Work Fulfillment Passion Determination Family Values


Problem Solving


  • Went to college at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.
  • While there, he served as student body secretary, and was treasurer and vice-president of his fraternity, Phi Delta Sigma.
  • Before he became a politician, he spent 34 years working as an electrical engineer; his early work was in sustainable energy.
  • His political career began in 1985, when he was appointed to the Hawaii House of Representatives.
  • He represented Hawaii in both the House and Senate prior to winning the gubernatorial race in 2014.
  • On his road to becoming governor, he became the first person ever to beat the incumbent Governor of Hawaii in a primary.
  • Says although he knew he was fighting a near-impossible battle against the incumbent, he had to try for Hawaii’s sake.
  • As governor, he champions conserving Hawaii's natural resources and increasing STEM education in Hawaii's schools.

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