wardMember of the following committees:

EBM - Economic Revitalization, Business, & Military Affairs
FIN - Finance
HAW - Hawaiian Affairs
HUS - Human Services


  • Spouse: Faredah nee Shamsudin
  • Daughter: Johanna

Hawaii State Legislature

  • Minority Leader: Gene served in the House from 1990-98. His colleagues elected him Minority Leader (93-97)
  • Co-Founder Small Business Caucus: Co-founder with Rep. David Stegmaier

Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board

  • Chair Transportation Committee

Senior Democracy Advisor

  • Served in USAID Office of Democracy and Governance and promoted democracy throughout the world after writing text on the ills of campaign finance for developing countries.

Peace Corps Country Director

  • Supervised the humanitarian efforts 46 Peace Corps Volunteers, 18 staff and $1 million budget in East Timor.

Small Business Development Specialist

  • Founded with Dr. George Kanahele the Hawaii Entrepreneurship Training & Development Institute and trained 3,000 young people in Hawaii and overseas to start their own business.

Vietnam Veteran

  • Served as Translator-Interpreter in Vietnam

PH.D. University of Hawaii

  • Completed dissertation on the values and attitudes of Hawaiians entering and succeeding in business. Gene has taught at Chaminade and HPU as an Adjunct Professor


  • He has written a number of articles about business and politics and recently authored a text on campaign finance and a Commentary for the Honolulu Advertiser:


  • Jogging; learning new languages; (speak Malay, Indonesian, and Vietnamese)

Member of the Republican party