Did you know?: The Governor of Hawaii has an Okinawan and tie

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Okinawa

Hawaii Governor David Ige was born to a family of Okinawa descent. His paternal grandparents were originally from Nishihara town on Okinawa’s main island. His surname, which is pronounced “Igei” in Japanese, is a common Okinawa surname. Governor Ige is the second person of Japanese descent, and first of Okinawan descent, to govern Hawaii.

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