Mike's Biographical Information

Name: Gerald Michael (Mike) Gabbard

Date of birth: January 15, 1948

Place of birth: Fagatogo, American Samoa

Parents: 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 48 years. Five adult children (Bhakti, Jai, Narayan, Tulsi (former State Representative for District #42, former Honolulu City Councilwoman, and current member of the U.S. House of Representatives for District 2), Vrindavan; eight grandchildren.

Political Office:

  • Honolulu City Council (2003-2005)
  • Hawaii State Senate (2006-present)

Senate Committees:

  • Agriculture & Environment (Chair)
  • Labor
  • Judiciary


  • America's Legislator of the Year - Hawaii Farm Bureau (2016)
  • America's Legislator Parents of the Year - National Parents Day Coalition (2016)
  • Honorary Hempster - Maui Hemp Institute for Research and Innovation (2016)
  • Humane State Legislator Award - Humane Society of the U.S. (2015 and 2016)
  • Hawai‘i Energy Policy Forum Transformational Achievement Award (2015)
  • 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)
  • Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Commssion (2015-Present)
  • Carbon Farming Task Force (2017-Present)
  • Red Hill Fuel Leak Task Force (2014-2015)
  • Hawaii Invasive Species Council (2009-2011), (2014-Present)
  • Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative – Steering Committee (2010-2013)
  • Civil Air Patrol - Legislative Squadron (2009-2010)
  • Hawaii Energy Policy Forum (2008-Present)
  • Ignition Interlock Implementation Task Force (2008-2009)
  • Access to Justice Commission (2008-2010)
  • 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 CSU, Sonoma (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 “at-risk” 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)
  • Own and operate Talofa Services LLC, a real estate investment company (2013 to present)
  • Owned and operated a small confection manufacturing and distribution company, Hawaiian Toffee Treasures (1998 to 2017)
  • Owned Infotech Communications, LLC (June 2002 to April 2004)
  • USPS Letter carrier
  • National Park employee at Yosemite National Park
  • Tennis pro/coach
  • Hotel bellman
  • Entertainer/Musician

Civic/Church organizations:

  • Founder, Aloha Parenting Project
  • Co-founder, Healthy Hawai`i Coalition
  • President, Kalaeloa Tennis Association
  • Member, Kapolei Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, St. Jude Catholic Church, Makakilo
  • Member, Knights of Columbus