James Aiona, Jr.

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Hawai`i Lt. Governor James R. "Duke" Aiona, Jr., a member of the Republican Party, was elected to his present position in November 2002. Aiona and Govenor Linda Lingle were the first Republicans to sit in Hawaii's highest state offices.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth: June 8, 1955
  • Place of Birth: Honolulu, Hawaii

Professional Career

  • Private Law Practice, Hawaii (1997)
  • Part-time Family District Court Judge, Hawaii (1997)
  • Administrative Judge of the Drug Court Program (1996)
  • Circuit Court Judge of the 14th Division First Circuit, Hawaii (1993)
  • Family Court Judge of the First Circuit, Hawaii (1990)
  • Chief Litigator (1987)
  • Deputy Corporation Counsel, City and County of Honolulu (1985)
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, City and County of Honolulu (1982)
  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Wendell K. Huddy Circuit Court Judge, Hawaii (1981)


  • William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii (Doctor of Jurisprudence)
  • University of the Pacific, California (Bachelor of Arts, Political Science)
  • Saint Louis High School, Hawaii (Honors Diploma)

External Links

  • James Aiona (Wikipedia)
  • Office of the Lieutenant Governor State of Hawaii
  • Election '02 'Big Responsibility' Honolulu Star Bulletin, 11-06-05.
  • We have responsibility to ban alcohol on campus Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 3-22-05.
  • Aiona remains focused on backstopping Lingle -- As acting governor, he expresses little interest in the top job Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 6-27-05.
  • Christianity imbues Aiona‚Äôs public life -- His claim that Hawaii "belongs to Jesus" raises some concern in the multifaith isles Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 6-27-05.
  • White, Doug. Tailgaters will crack a brew for LG Aiona Poinography!, 1/27/2006.
  • Borreca, Richard. Aiona to run for governor -- He has not announced his candidacy, but the lieutenant governor is starting to raise money Honolulu Star-Bulletin, June 4, 2007.
  • OUR OPINION: Aiona's early entry turns governor's race into marathon THE ISSUE: The lieutenant governor has begun raising funds for the 2010 governor's race. Honolulu Star-Bulletin, June 10, 2007.

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