James R. "Duke" Aiona Jr., the lieutenant governor of Hawaii, is the Republican candidate for governor of Hawaii against Neil Abercrombie, the Democrat candidate and former U.S. congressman. As part of a Politics Daily series providing background about the major candidates in 2010, here are some answers to frequently asked questions about his life.
Is Duke Aiona married?
Who is Duke Aiona's wife?
Aiona's wife is Vivian Aiona, nee Welsh.
How old is Duke Aiona's wife?
Vivian Aiona is 52 years old.
What does Duke Aiona's wife do for a living?
Vivian Aiona retired
from Air Canada in 2002. She now works full time as a public servant with a focus on families and education.
How long have they been married?
Duke Aiona and Vivian Welsh were married in September 1981, so 29 years.
How and when did Duke Aiona and his wife meet?
The couple me at a dance
in Waikiki. Vivian was 19, and Duke was 22. They married four years later.
Were either Duke Aiona or his wife married before?
No, this is the first marriage for both.
Does Duke Aiona have children?
Yes. The Aionas have four children: son Makana, 25, is a seminarian
studying to be a Catholic priest; daughter Ohulani, 23, is a recent college graduate; son Kuli'a, 19, is a student at Champman University; and daughter Ka'imilani, 16, is a high school student. At the 2010 Hawaii GOP state convention, Aiona noted that when "we started in public office when Ka'ima was about 10 years old, she had fatty cheeks."
Does Duke Aiona have grandchildren?
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