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Ige leaves for mainland to attend daughters’ graduations

  • BRUCE ASATO / AUG. 8, 2014

    Then Democratic gubernatorial candidate David Ige, his wife, Dawn, and children, Amy, Lauren and Matthew, stand on stage during a gathering of family and supporters at the David Ige campaign headquarters in the Varsity Building on University Avenue.

Gov. David Ige and his wife, Dawn Amano-Ige, are on the mainland for 12 days to attend the commencement exercises of their two daughters.

Oldest daughter Lauren Ige, 25, will graduate from Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C.; Amy Ige, 24, will graduate from nursing school at the University of Rochester.

The couple’s youngest child, Matthew, 20, is studying computer science at Johns Hopkins University.

The governor and Mrs. Ige will return May 23.

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  • Very proud parents……certainly I was quite proud when my daughter graduated from college and so I know how the Governor and his wife must feel seeing both daughters graduate with their son soon to follow…….congratulations!!

    • agree…an impressive family that like so many Japanese-American families excelled with the opportunities given in Hawaii. Congratulations to them!

      • Allie: I would NOT bring race into this story because it is not relevant. HOWEVER a legitimate question is did the children attend public or private school in Hawaii? I did a quick Google search and from the son’s LinkedIn profile he associates with Johns Hopkins school and PUNAHOU school so the son must have attended Punahou. I don’t want to spend any more time on this but I am pretty sure both the daughters either attended Punahou like their brother or Iolani. No one should blame Ige or his wife as the TRUTH is the public education in Hawaii, despite giving them $100 MILLION more in air conditioners, is messed up and as a loving parent trying to provide the best opportunity for your children, as best you can try to get them in private school in Hawaii. PS: I also fully understand why he would send all three of his children to top mainland schools and NOT UH, even though the tuition is NOT cheap for these top schools so you figure Ige and his wife got some serious money saved up to pay or help pay for their three kids tuition. If you are Punahou graduate, their culture is if you have to attend UH Manoa, that is the epitome of failure. Maybe to it is easier and much cheaper for a Punahou grad to attend UH medical or law school for a professional degree, but for their undergraduate school, UH means they failed.

        • It is relevant. Ethnic differences exist with respect to educational and career attainment. That is just a public fact. David and Dawn Ige have everything to be proud of. But what were the values in his family that led to this success? Why did Japanese-Americans do so well here? I have read speeches where Senator Inouye openly talked about it. No need to hide important truths.

      • Actually I applaud Allie to have the courage TO BRING race into the discussion. We as a society frailly back away whenever there is a hint of race being acceptable in a discussion except when other races, other cultures are underperforming relative to the norm.

        We quickly dismiss anything that can get in the way of the politically correct equality discussion. Yet the great Martin Luther King, Jr., dared in a speech in front of a congregation in 1961, “Do you know that Negroes are 10 percent of the population of St. Louis and are responsible for 58% of its crimes? We’ve got to face that. And we’ve got to do something about our moral standards,” said Dr. King. “We know that there are many things wrong in the white world, but there are many things wrong in the black world, too. We can’t keep on blaming the white man. There are things we must do for ourselves.” The same goes for any other culture.

        If there are underperforming cultures and races in Hawaii then you cannot deny that it is a lack of opportunity. The issues are bred within the respective cultures.

        For this reason I 100% agree with Allie’s assessment. Let’s get real, everyone. And I lean LEFT yet I have the akamai and the courage to acknowledge it, too.

  • Oh no!!! Now who is in charge?? Don’t tell me it the Maui guy. What’s his name?? When is paying for the he plane fare to Honolulu or is he going to operate from Maui???

  • Congratulations! Guess attending Punahou school paid off for you! You invested in PRIVATE school, yet you ‘say’ you want to make a better PUBLIC education. Hmmm…

    • when U have $$$ you send your kids to private school…which means He knows that private schools are better than public… remember its the people of this state that keeps electing the same type of people who are full of donky do’z…. “nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care…” no thing will ever change.

      • Sounds to me like you have “sour grapes” issues. Of course parents in Hawaii will send their kids to private schools IF they can afford to, perhaps sacrificing some of their own dreams in doing so. Wouldn’t you?

        • It is not about sour grapes but hypocrisy. All Hawaii elected officials talk about how great public school and UH is for Hawaii, even the State legislature giving DOE an additional $100 MILLION to “cool schools” for a couple thousand classrooms even though it is questionable why it would be so expensive, even if they have to hire electricians and do some re-wiring to install air conditioners. It was a money grab pure and simple. Also now HSTA is trying to get out out of all types of teacher accountability, and not just reneging on drug testing in exchange for raises. Not the legislature, nor Gov, who greatly relied on HSTA to financially carry him through to defeat Aber in the last election want to hold DOE, HSTA or BOE accountable. So they give DOE and teachers high praise, more money, with less accountability and then quietly shun public schools and UH like the plague and continue to send their own children to private schools in Hawaii and then on to prestigious mainland colleges. Hypocrisy, not sour grapes.

      • Of course the top private schools in Hawaii are better than the public schools.

        Yet, don’t forget that the Governor went to a public school. Hard working smart people will be successful even if they go to a mediocre public school. Going to private school, however, helps in the journey.

    • Easy for ysm–you small minded–to cast away anyone who dares to sacrifice to invest in their children’s education. They are actually donating a lot of their tax money if they forego a public education, selflessly giving their child’s public education spot to someone else. How generous of them, not living off the public dole for a free ride education.

      As a parent I will have less control of what happens to my children after they leave home. However, if there is one area where I will overpay for my children is with their education because at least I will have given them the best academic chance to succeed in life. If you can do it, bravo–more power to you. I applaud especially those who scrimp and save, struggling to pay for their children’s education because they know the value of that and they made the conscious choice to sacrifice so that their children can have a better shot at succeeding more than they did as parents.

      ysm has to look more at the bigger picture instead of using such a myopic view.

      Let us take a swipe at our own people on the Left. The Clintons send their daughter to an exclusive private school, then to Stanford. The Obamas sent their children to exclusive private schools in the D.C. area. Now Malia will attend Harvard. So I guess they are national hypocrites for doing what the 1% does. Gasp!

  • Congratulations! Outstanding job! to ysm: I believe Ige’s children attended the public school system… including the Governor and his wife.

      • Those schools are expensive. The governor and his wife didn’t spare the expense for their children’s education. Good for them for knowing the immense value of a good education.

        • Spot on! ysm has some hair growing inward up his beaut that is making him somehow jealous of a private school education. Maybe he is sore that his parents didn’t send him to Punahou or Iolani and now he is crying sour grapes? Shrug! I wish all of the Ige children nothing but the best in life, as they know the value of a good education. I applaude every parent or parents in the state of Hawaii who choose to sacrifice to send their children to private school. They not only sacrifice to give their children a better chance to succeed in life, but they also forego a free public education, instead generously letting their tax dollars fund another child. What selfless act by the Governor and the First Lady.

  • What else will the governor be doing on the mainland for twelve days? Don’t be surprised if we learn the governor will be conducing some so-called “official business” while on the mainland so that much of the travel expense is funded by taxpayers. Washington, D.C.? Oh, yes, meetings with our congressional delegation. That should justify taxpayer funding.

    • relax….what is wrong with conducting some State business and traveling with family at other parts of his trip…Congrats to know that the Gov and his wife are good parents, care about their children, and helped them strive for their dreams…great example…and Gov went to Pearl City HS….go Chargers!

      • Hawaii_Boy, you apparently have not been around long enough to think like a man. In many cases, if not most cases, when government officials work in some so-called official travel in conjunction with personal travel, the justification for official travel is flimsy at best and usually unnecessary.

      • Nothing wrong with that – that’s part of the perks of being a mayor, governor, or President.

        Don’t forget that government leaders do not make as much money as heads of private corporations or even people that work for them.

        • Talk about an inaccurate statement. Kirk as Mayor might just make a little over $100K in salary but his banking board appointment to makes him between $200-300K per year! It is all of the “side jobs” elected officials have like Nestor Garcia and is $60K job as health and safety officer while he was voting YES on rail votes and not disclosing his job. connection with rail insiders.

  • Interesting. The governor of Hawaii has three children. Two will graduate from good East Coast universities this year and the third will graduate from another East Coast university in a year or two. What does that say about universities in Hawaii?

      • In this case I fully support Ige and his wife sending all of their kids to privates school and mainland colleges. Public education and UH sucs big time in Hawaii. EVERYONE knows this and the reason why almost every parent, INCLUDING public school teachers, elected government leaders, etc. in Hawaii tries to see if they can afford and get their kids accepted into private school. At the top of the tier is Punahou (Obama school) and Iolani but the second tiers schools are pretty darn good like Mid Pac, Maryknoll, etc.

  • It is an advantage if parents have the money to send their kids to private schools. However children who are raised with love and values will do well no matter what schools they go to. Many of our successful leaders from the communities are products of the public education system. Parents need to take the time to invest the efforts to motivate our children so that they grasp and treasure the benefits education private or public.

  • Successful in real world of school of hard knocks with colleges degrees. Next step, the real world of work. The world is a bad place to live. God bless to the Ige’s.

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