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David attended public schools in Pearl City – Pearl City Elementary School, Highlands Intermediate School, and Pearl City High School. He also participated in community sports, beginning with eight years of playing in the Pearl City Little League. David was born and raised in Pearl City and is the fifth of six sons of Tokio and Tsurue Ige. During World War II, Tokio served in the 100th Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. After the war, David’s dad worked as a steelworker on construction projects while his mom worked as a nurse and dental assistant. Tokio Ige passed away in 2005 at the age of 86. Now retired, Tsurue resides in Pearl City.
At the newly built Pearl City High School, David excelled in many activities. In his junior year, he was elected Student Body Vice President, and he served as Senior Class President the following year. David also led his varsity tennis team to a championship and was honored as the “Scholar-Athlete of the Year.” He graduated fifth in his class of more than 500 students in 1975.
David then attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. While at UH, David served as Student Body Secretary and an officer of several honor societies as well as Treasure and Vice-President of his fraternity, Phi Delta Sigma. Most importantly, UH is where David met his wife Dawn.
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After college, while working for GTE Hawaiian Tel, David took graduate courses at UH and earned a master of Business Administration degree in Decisions Sciences. In 1986, Hawaii Business Magazine named David one of the university’s Top Ten MBA students.
David is a successful electrical engineer and project manager with a 34-year career devoted to information technology, telecommunications, networks, and responsible public policy.
David is currently Program/Project Manager with Robert A. Ige and Associates, Inc. He also served as Vice President of Engineering at NetEnterprise and as Project Engineer/Senior Principal Engineer at Pihana Pacific, which established the first world class data center and carrier-neutral Internet exchange in Hawaii and the Pacific. Before that, David worked as an engineer for GTE Hawaiian Tel for more than 18 years.As an engineer, David knows and understands the role technology has in our lives and in the State’s information and telecommunications policies. David co-authored the Hawaii Telecommunications and Information Industries Act that established the State information network and created the Hawaii Information Network Corporation. He has also been at the center of Hawaii’s efforts to diversify its economy. David was responsible for establishing seed capital and venture capital programs, software development initiatives, and technology transfer programs.
David now lives in Aiea with his wife, Dawn, and their three children, Lauren, Amy, and Matthew.