John David Waiheʻe III (born May 19, 1946) is an American politician who served as the fourth Governor of Hawaii from 1986 to 1994. He was the first American of Native Hawaiian descent to be elected to the office from any state of the United States. After his tenure in the governor's office, Waiheʻe became a nationally prominent attorney and lobbyist.
Gov. Waiheʻe started his political career as a delegate to the 1978 Hawaiʻi State Constitutional Convention where he was instrumental in the creation of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the adoption of the Hawaiian language as an official language of the state. He later served one term as a Democratic member of the Hawaiʻi State House of Representatives from 1981 to 1983. Waiheʻe was elected Lieutenant Governor of Hawaiʻi under Governor George Ariyoshi, serving in that capacity until 1986.
In 2011, Waiheʻe was appointed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie to the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission, established by Act 195. In the following year, the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission actively began working on fulfilling its mandate to bring the Native Hawaiian people together by enrolling with the Commission. This effort is now referred to as Kanaiolowalu (Kanaʻiolowalu).