HONOLULU - Former Governor Neil Abercrombie turned 80 on June 26, 2018. The Democrat left politics when he gave up the governor's seat in 2014.

After living so many years in the public eye, Gov. Abercrombie developed an essential technique for Aging Well.


After leaving the Governor's office in 2014 he opened Pacific Strategies consulting firm. In his spare time, he lifts weights at the YMCA. Even though he stays mentally and physically active, he says the biggest reason he is aging well is his inner life, "a way of living, of understanding yourself," he explains.

It means living by your values and having a clear conscience. "I think you age well by being able to say honestly to yourself and others that you live the values that you espoused," opines Abercrombie.

His example is from his political career. He says one of his proudest achievements as governor was passing the so-called Same Sex Marriage act.

In 2013, he called the Hawaii Legislature into a special session to consider a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, which he signed into law on November 13, 2013. It was controversial, but what he felt was right.

Here's his test for making the right choices: "Can I look at myself and say, 'You did what you needed to do,' or did you make an excuse up?"

Abercrombie says he doesn't regret any of his life choices, and that today, knowing onesself is more important than ever because social media is so distracting. "It's even more important than ever that you have an inner life."