The Honorable George Ariyoshi, was a three-term governor of the state of Hawaii and the first Japanese American to become a U.S. Governor. An attorney by profession, he devoted 32 continuous years in public service in the Territorial and State Legislatures, as Lt. Governor and as Governor. He has also served as President of the Bar Association of Hawaii, Chairman of the Western Governor’s Conference, President and Founder of Pacific Basin Development Council, and President and Founding member of Center for International Commercial Dispute Resolution.
He is the recipient of six honorary doctorates in law and humanities and is the recipient of Japan’s highest decoration, the Order of Sacred Treasurer, First Class. He has written monthly articles in Hawaii Business Magazine and authored a book, With Obligation to All.
In transitioning himself from politician to citizen, Governor Ariyoshi has served as Chairman of the Board for East-West Center and Pacific International Center for High Technology Research (PICHTR); Member of President Clinton’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN), the National Public Broadcasting System Board (PBS) and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Policies Board. He was also President of Prince Resorts Hawaii.
Governor Ariyoshi remains active as Chairman of the Board of Convergence CT; Director of Accela Inc. and Daily Wellness Company and U.S. Advisor for Japan-U.S. Science, Technology, and Space Applications Program (JUSTSAP) and Honorary Chairman for Northeast Asia Economic Forum (NEAEF).