Ikaika Anderson is a father, caregiver, and public servant who has dedicated over two decades of his professional career working for the people of Hawai’i. He was born and raised in Windward O’ahu, where his maternal grandparents Whitney and Hannie Anderson, and mother and stepfather Kim and John Puchalski, raised him during the most formative years of his life. In addition to assisting his grandparents with their everyday needs, Ikaika is a loving and supportive father of his 4 children – daughter Tianni (20, who is married to Makel) son Justin (18), and 11-year-old twins Kaleb (son) and Kaili (daughter).
Ikaika has 22-years of experience working in the Hawai‘i State Legislature and the Honolulu City Council. He was elected to the Honolulu City Council in a 2009 special election for the seat of the late Barbara Marshall, who he worked under as a legislative assistant.
During his 11-year career as the Councilmember for Council District 3, Ikaika built a reputation as a public servant who is a consensus builder; produces results; listens to the people whom he represents; and has never been afraid of the tough issues. As Council Chair, Ikaika collaborated with fellow councilmembers and other city departments as they navigated through the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, which included setting up COVID-19 testing programs within City Hall as a rapid response. He continued to lead by example for the public as well as private businesses, in putting the safety of O‘ahu’s residents at the forefront.
His love and fierce advocacy for the land and people of Hawai‘i have been consistently reflected in the actions he has taken while in public office. He stopped large-scale commercial tour operators in their attempts to take over Windward O‘ahu’s treasured parks and beaches. When a foreign developer attempted to import laborers and inferior materials into Hawai‘i for a major project, Ikaika was unafraid to stand up for the local community; during a public forum, he informed the developer that the project’s priorities were severely out of touch with prioritizing the needs of locals – and therefore not needed.
Ikaika’s experiences, passion, and love for the people of the state all make him uniquely qualified to lead Hawai’i as the next Lieutenant Governor.