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Congressional Mike Gabbard
Gerald Michael (Mike) Gabbard

Date of birth: January 15, 1948

Place of birth: Fagatogo, American Samoa

Was the fourth of seven children born to Benjamin Harrison Gabbard, Jr. and Agnes Yandall Gabbard, who also adopted a daughter

Current Residence: Kapolei, Oahu

Party Affiliation: Democrat

Religion: Catholic. St. Jude Catholic Church in Makakilo, serves as a lector

Ethnicity: Polynesian (Samoan) / Caucasian

  • Married to former Board of Education Member Carol Gabbard for 44 years
  • Five children (Bhakti 39, Jai 36, Ryan 34, Tulsi 29 (former State Representative for District #42), Vrindavan 26)
  • Seven grandchildren

Political Office:


  • Hawai‘i Youth Challenge Academy Lokahi Award (2011)
  • First Senator of Samoan Ancestry in the Senate of the State of Hawaii Legislature Award - Samoan Heritage Week (2009)
  • Legislators Who Made a Difference - Sierra Club, Hawaii Chapter (2009)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Knights of Columbus (2009)
  • Stars of Oceania Award - University of Hawaii Pacific Business Center (2009)
  • Compassionate Legislator Award - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (2008)

Public Service:

  • Legislative advocate (volunteer)
  • Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative – Steering Committee (2010-Present)
  • Hawaii Invasive Species Council (2009-2011)
  • Civil Air Patrol - Legislative Squadron (2009-2010)
  • Hawaii Energy Policy Forum (2008-Present)
  • Ignition Interlock Implementation Task Force (2008-2009)
  • Access to Justice Commission (2008-Present)
  • Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Task Force (2007-2008)
  • Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OMPO) - Policy Committee (2003)
  • Ewa Transportation Coalition - Chair (2003-2005)
  • Student, Mother of Good Counsel Seminary, Warrenton, MO (1961-1962)
  • High School Grad, Choctawhatchee H.S. Fort Walton Beach, FL (1965)
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in English, California State University, Sonoma (1971)
  • Masters of Education degree in Adult Education with emphasis on community college administration, Oregon State University (1980)



  • Counselor at drug rehab program through Sonoma State (9/70 to 12/70)
  • Intern at emergency psychiatric ward, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital (1970)
  • Faga’itua High School—taught English and Language Arts to sophomores and juniors (1/71 to 6/72)
  • Samoana High School— Program director/instructor in Pilot Project with 60 “problem” seniors (8/72 to 6/73)
  • American Samoa Community College (ASCC)— Psychology and English teacher (8/73 to 6/74)
  • American Samoa Community College Guidance Counselor (8/74 to 9/76)
  • American Samoa Community College Assistant Dean of Instruction (9/76 to 8/77)
  • American Samoa Community College Dean of Adult and Continuing Education, State Director of Adult Basic Education (6/80 to 6/83)
  • Ponomauloa School, Wahiawa— Headmaster/teacher (7/83 to 6/87)
  • Home schooling (1/78 to 6/80, 8/87 to 1/88, 1/91 to 6/95)
  • Created and directed free junior development tennis program in American Samoa (1976 to 1983)
  • Head Instructor Tennis— Kuilima Hyatt Resort, North Shore, Oahu (1977)
  • Volunteer— teaching school children the importance of protecting Hawaii’s watershed, our aina, and improving individual and community health (Activities of Healthy Hawaii Coalition which Mike founded) (2001 to present)
  • Substitute Teacher— DOE Certified in public and private schools in West Oahu (2005 to present)


Small business

  • Owned and operated Mike’s Sport Shop (1974 to 1978)
  • Owned and operated The Natural Deli, a natural foods restaurant (1988 to 1992)
  • Family business, MC Services – distribute air and water purifying systems, nutritional supplements, and do family counseling (1994 to present)
  • Owner and operator of a small confection manufacturing and distribution company, Hawaiian Toffee Treasures (1998 to present)
  • Owned Infotech Communications, LLC (June 2002 to April 2004)


  • Mailman
  • National Park employee
  • Competed professionally in tennis
  • Hotel bellman
  • Entertainer/Musician
Civic/Church organizations:
  • Founder, Aloha Parenting Project
  • Founder, Healthy Hawaii Coalition
  • Member, Kapolei City Lions Club
  • Member, Filipino Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Kapolei Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, St. Jude Catholic Church, Makakilo
  • Member, Knights of Columbus
  • Member, Navy League of the United States
  Mike Gabbard - State Senate | P.O. Box 75480 Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
Home Phone: (808) 682-0676 | E-mail: mike@mikegabbard.com