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Donna Kim's Biography


On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for State Senate (HI) - District 14

Contact Information

Hawaii State Capitol
415 South Beretania Street, Room 218
Room 218
Honolulu, HI 96813

Full Name:

Donna Mercado Kim




1 Child: Micah

Birth Place:

Kalihi, HI

Home City:

Honolulu, HI

BA, Washington State University, 1974

Attended, University of Hawaii, 1970-1972

Senator, Hawaii State Senate, District 14, 2000-present

Candidate, Hawaii State Senate, District 14, 2020

President, Hawaii State Senate, District 14, 2012-2015

Candidate, United States House of Representatives, District 1, 2014

Vice President, Hawaii State Senate, 2003-2008, 2011-2012

Candidate, United States Senate, 2012

Member, Honolulu City Council, 1985-2000

Representative, Hawaii State House of Representatives, 1982-1985

Former Member, Economic Development Steering Committee

Former Chair, Government Operations Committee, Hawaii State Senate

Former Member, Hawaiian Affairs Committee, Hawaii State Senate

Former Member, Hawaii Korean Millenium Commission

Former Member, Judiciary and Labor Committee, Hawaii State Senate

Former Member, National League of Cities

Former Member, President's National Committee on Transportation

Former Member, Special Committee on Studying Effects of Economy on Judiciary

Former Member, Tourism and International Affairs Committee, Hawaii State Senate

Former Member, Water, Land, and Agriculture Committee, Hawaii State Senate

Former Chair, Zoning Committee, Honolulu City Council

Chair, Special Committee on Accountability, Hawaii State Senate, 2011-2013

Chair, Tourism Committee, Hawaii State Senate, 2003-2006, 2011-2013

Chair, Ways and Means Committee, Hawaii State Senate, 2009-2010

Chair, Tourism and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, 2001-2002

Small Business Executive Director, present

Trained Facilitator, KUMU Radio, present

Board of Directors, The Pacific Institute, present

Public Relations Director

Former Fellow, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies

Former Member, Board of Directors, Bank of America Hawaii

Former Representative, Communications Sales

Radio Talk Show Co-Host, Equaltime KHNR Radio

Former Representative, Hotel Catering Sales

Member, Filipino Chamber of Commerce, present

Honorary Member, Hawaii Korean Chamber of Commerce, present

Member, Kalihi Business Association, present

Honorary Member/Board of Trustees, Palama Settlement, present

Former Member, Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials Planned Parenthood

Former Member, Boys and Girls Club of Honolulu, Aliamanu Unit

Former Member, Century Club

Former Member, Hawaii's Junior Miss Incorporated

Former Member, Moanalua Lions Club

Member, National Association of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials

Member, National Conference of State Legislators Education Committee

Member, National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators

Former Member, Board of Directors, The Pacific Institute

Member, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education Legislative Advisory Committee

Hawaii State Director, Women in Government

Former Member, Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA)

Board Chair, National Foundation for Women Legislators, 2020-2021


Partner in Education Award, Achieve3000, 2018;
Light of the Orient Award, Korean American Foundation of Hawaii, 2015;
Legislator of the Year, Hawaii Wholesale Liquor Dealers Association, 2014;
Legislator of the Year, Friends of the Library of Hawaii, 2012;
Distinguished Honoree, Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation, 2012;
Outstanding City and County Administrator, American Society for Public Administration, 1997;
Farrington High School Outstanding Alunmi Award, 1997;
Three Outstanding Young Persons, Hawai`i Jaycee, 1988

Father's Name:

Andrew Kim

Mother's Name:

Lily Kim