Kirk Caldwell was born in Waipahu and raised in Hilo, the oldest son of a plantation and country doctor. He studied Urban Planning and Economics at Tufts University, earned an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and received his law degree from the UH William S. Richardson School of Law.

Kirk was Managing Partner at the law firm of Ashford and Wriston and began his public service career in 2002, when he was elected to the Hawai‘i State House of Representatives, where he quickly rose to become the House Majority Leader.

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