Hawaii Lieutenant Governor, a Pacific Graduate, to Speak at Pacific
James R. "Duke" Aiona, Jr., the Lieutenant Governor of the State of Hawaii, will speak at University of the Pacific on Tuesday, April 27. Aiona, a 1977 Pacific graduate, will discuss how his experience at Pacific shaped his sense of civic responsibility from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Pacific's Janet Leigh Theatre. The lecture is free and open to the public.
During his seven years as lieutenant governor, Aiona has led the state's fight against the use of illegal drugs and alcohol, been instrumental in turning around Hawaii's economy, improved early childhood and higher education, and created more affordable housing.
The Hawaii native and former Pacific Men's basketball player was a pre-law student at Pacific before attending law school at University of Hawaii's William S. Richardson School of Law. His lecture is sponsored by the Pacific Alumni Association and the Pacific Hawaii Club. Hawaii is the second most popular home state for incoming Pacific freshmen behind California.
"We are honored to have a Pacific graduate who has become one of the most prominent leaders in Hawaii return to campus to inspire current Pacific students," said Kelli Page, associate director of the Pacific Alumni Association. "Lt. Gov. Aiona's career exemplifies the true mission of Pacific, which is to nurture students so they can achieve great things in their careers and communities."
Aiona was first elected to public office in 2002 as Hawaii's 11th lieutenant governor. He and Gov. Linda Lingle became Hawaii's first Republican administration to win a second term. They won by the largest margin of victory of any gubernatorial race in the state's history. Aiona is currently seeking to become the Republican gubernatorial candidate in the upcoming November elections. He previously served as a city prosecutor, city attorney and state judge.
Aiona was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2006 to the advisory commission on Drug-Free Communities, which advises the director of the White House Office of National Drug Policy. He is currently co-chair of the Aerospace States Association, a national organization of lieutenant governors that promotes aerospace policies for education and economic development. Aiona is also co-chair of Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free, a national coalition that seeks to prevent underage drinking across the nation. More information about Aiona can be found here.