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Former Hawaii Lt. Gov. Jean King dies at age 87

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:04 p.m. HST, Nov 25, 2013

Former Hawaii Lt. Gov. Jean Sadako King died Sunday evening, according to family and friends.

She was 87.

King's death was confirmed by her sister-in-law Ethel McKillop. She declined to disclose the cause of death but said King had been ill for at least a month, and had been under the 24-hour care of hospice workers and her grandchildren.

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King, the state's first female lieutenant governor, served as Gov. George Ariyoshi's second-in-command from 1978 to 1982, when she broke ranks and made an unsuccessful challenge against him for the top seat.

King served in the state House and Senate before running for lieutenant governor in 1978.

"As the first woman elected to be lieutenant governor of Hawaii, Jean was a true pioneer," Gov. Neil Abercrombie said in a statement this afternoon. "I fondly remember and value the time we served together in the state Legislature."

"Throughout the years, she remained a steadfast advocate for peace and the environment, unwavering in her recognition of our responsibility as stewards of Hawaii's natural resources," he said.

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allie wrote:
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on November 25,2013 | 01:05PM
FrankieT wrote:
Come on allie, give respect for her passing, the political situations are over. R.I.P Jean King
on November 25,2013 | 01:30PM
postmanx wrote:
And she was a very beautiful lady. We need more women in politics. Good role model.
on November 25,2013 | 08:11PM
kuewa wrote:
If you want to know, look it up. Jean King was good person and would have made a good governor had she been elected. It's time to pay her some respect.
on November 25,2013 | 02:02PM
ehrhornp wrote:
That she was.
on November 25,2013 | 02:29PM
inverse wrote:
Maybe she had aspirations like Ed Case and wanted to be in charge rather than constantly kissing the ring.
on November 25,2013 | 02:17PM
aomohoa wrote:
What a tacky comment, but I consider the source.
on November 25,2013 | 05:29PM
Riamondred wrote:
Aomohoa, et al... Can you all stop replying to allie's comments going forward? I don't care if it's about UH football or whatever. Sick of it, and I won't comment further. Just had to speak out, "hon".
on November 25,2013 | 06:33PM
Waikele wrote:
I would think her body of work for public service during her life deserves more respect and comment than wanting to know motives for political positioning.
on November 25,2013 | 01:16PM
allie wrote:
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on November 25,2013 | 01:43PM
8082062424 wrote:
your taking about the company who you claim hired you to be a pain in the A@@ go figure
on November 25,2013 | 01:55PM
kailua1980 wrote:
allie GIVE IT UP! Let the family bury their loved one...this is a death announcement...allow time for the grieving and show some respect. Those questions can be asked later, or let bygones be bygones.
on November 25,2013 | 01:57PM
ehrhornp wrote:
She just died. Sort answer is that she was a "liberal" while Ariyoshi was conservative.
on November 25,2013 | 02:30PM
aomohoa wrote:
The thing SA did wrong was to hire you to stir up trouble. You have absolutely zero class. Trash from the Tee Pee.Go back!
on November 25,2013 | 05:31PM
star08 wrote:
Blessings to a great woman! I had the pleasure of her company and her wisdom at times over the years. Mahalo nui loa Jean King, may your tribe increase.
on November 25,2013 | 02:15PM
awahana wrote:
I remember King from my hanabata daze, along with Heftel, Mink, and Sparky.
R.I.P. and thank you for your public service. It takes cojones to go against your running mate.
Politics in Hawaii is literally a 'race' for office. Ethnic race.
on November 25,2013 | 01:20PM
ehrhornp wrote:
She was a great lady. RIP Jean. You will be missed.
on November 25,2013 | 01:52PM
star08 wrote:
Blessings to a great woman! I had the pleasure of her company and her wisdom at times over the years. Mahalo nui loa Jean King, may your tribe increase. Your words will be remembered.
on November 25,2013 | 02:16PM
tutulois wrote:
She was an uncommonly gracious woman, a good friend and faithful friend to so many -- including my parents, for many years. Definitely NOT a politician who was looking out for herself more than her constituents. We could sure use more like her...
on November 25,2013 | 03:33PM
Papakolea wrote:
She was in politics because she genuinely wanted to see changes made that she thought would better our society. She wasn't your typical politician who put personal power ambitions above the interest of her constituents. We need more people like her in office.
on November 25,2013 | 04:41PM
suecee wrote:
RIP to a gracious yet strong woman who was a personal role model.
on November 25,2013 | 05:16PM
aomohoa wrote:
SA tired trash with no class when they hired you.
on November 25,2013 | 05:32PM
akamaiperson wrote:
A good person. We are the richer for her willingness to serve the public and the poorer for her passing. Condolences & blessings to her family.
on November 25,2013 | 05:43PM
palani wrote:
Was she related to former Governor Samuel King?
on November 25,2013 | 05:51PM
Eagle156 wrote:
She was a good friend an d someone who really cared about the environment unlike most of today's politicians. God Bless you Jean.
on November 25,2013 | 06:09PM
false wrote:
There is such a thing as "google" for those who are unfamiliar. Nice lady, just a little ahead of her time.
on November 25,2013 | 06:31PM
admiral wrote:
Jean King was highly intelligent, ethical, subtle, thoughtful, generous, sophisticated, open-minded, and approachable. She was a liberal who was liked and admired by people across the political spectrum--and that's because she was in politics for all the right reasons. What a breath of fresh air, and what a rarity! Condolences to her family and to all who loved and admired her.
on November 25,2013 | 07:01PM
opalaedo wrote:
Definitely a pioneer in her days. I was at the UH at the time she was running for Lt. Gov. and remember visiting one of my political science classes to speak. Eloquent and bright do not begin to describe her. RIP.
on November 25,2013 | 07:26PM
Scottymac wrote:
I'm fortunately a member of her family, and will always remember as a classy and gracious lady. She did far more good than harm for our state, and flags should fly at half mast for her for a day. She absolutely love Hawaii and her people, and did her very best for us all. Aloha, dear Auntie, and thank you so much.
on November 26,2013 | 09:00PM
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