George Ariyoshi

Born Mar 12, 1926

George Ryoichi Ariyoshi, served as the third Governor of Hawaii from 1974 to 1986. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He assumed the governorship when John A. Burns was declared incapacitated. When he was elected, Ariyoshi became the first American of Asian descent to be elected governor of a state of the United States.… Read More

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1926 Birth Born on March 12, 1926.


1944 18 Years Old Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Japanese immigrant parents, Ariyoshi graduated in 1944 from McKinley High School. … Read More


1949 23 Years Old Upon returning stateside, he first attended the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, then transferred to Michigan State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1949.
1952 26 Years Old He then went on to receive his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1952.
1954 28 Years Old Ariyoshi's political career began in 1954 when he was elected to the Hawaii Territorial House of Representatives.
1955 29 Years Old Ariyoshi married Jean Miya Hayashi in 1955 in Honolulu, Hawaii. … Read More


1958 32 Years Old He was later elected to the Hawaii Territorial Senate in 1958, then to the Hawaii State Senate in 1959.


1970 44 Years Old He served in the senate until 1970 when he ran for and was elected Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii in 1970 with Governor John A. Burns.
1973 47 Years Old When Governor Burns fell ill in October 1973, Ariyoshi assumed his constitutional role as acting governor.
1974 48 Years Old In the election of 1974, he was elected governor in his own right, with Nelson Doi as his lieutenant governor.


1978 52 Years Old He was re-elected in 1978 with Jean King as lieutenant governor and in 1982 with John D. Waihee III as lieutenant governor. … Read More


1986 60 Years Old Barred by term limits from seeking another term in 1986, Ariyoshi was succeeded by Waihee. … Read More
1987 61 Years Old After his term as governor in 1987, Ariyoshi and his wife were stopped by U.S. Customs at the Honolulu International Airport because they failed to declare over $30,000.00 worth of jewelry after returning from a trip to Japan. … Read More
2003 77 Years Old …  He served five terms as chairman, until he was not reappointed by Republican Governor Linda Lingle in 2003.
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