Hirosi Ismael (November 30, 1936[1] – July 31, 2008) was a Micronesian politician. Ismael served as the third Vice President of the Federated States of Micronesia from May 1987 until 1991.[2]

Hirosi Ismael
3rd Vice President of the Federated States of Micronesia
In office
May 11, 1987 – May 11, 1991
Preceded byBailey Olter
Succeeded byJacob Nena
Personal details
Born(1936-11-30)November 30, 1936
DiedJuly 31, 2008(2008-07-31) (aged 71)
Federated States of Micronesia
SpouseMitchigo Skilling

He was born in 1936. Ismael was a native of Kosrae, but he grew up and attended school in Pohnpei. He served in a variety of top positions within the United Nations' Administration of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands before the FSM achieved its independence.[2]

Ismael became the third Vice President of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) in May 1987, a position he held until 1991.[2] He returned to his home state of Kosrae after leaving office, where he intended to retire from politics. Only after the request of some local politicians did he go back into politics, but only on an advisory position to the then-Governor of Kosrae. He would later be appointed as the director of the Health Department of Kosrae. He would also become a reverend serving in the church of Utwe. Upon being diagnosed with cancer, he travelled to the Philippines for treatment, though it was ineffective. He would eventually return to Kosrae to be with his family.[2]

Hirosi Ismael died on July 31, 2008, at his home in Kosrae at the age of 71.[2] He was survived by his wife, Mitchigo Skilling, as well as their children: Greeno, Grant, Loto, Paul, Kenye and Ruth.[2]

The Micronesian Government released a statement honoring Ismael following his August 1, 2008, memorial service praising him for his service to the country: "Ismael's leadership, commitment and guidance during the nation's early efforts toward self-government earned him the respect of his colleagues and the people of the Federated States of Micronesia."[3]


  1. ^ Buck, Elden M. (2005). Island of Angels: The Growth of the Church on Kosrae : Kapkapak Lun Church Fin Acn Kosrae, 1852-2002. ISBN 9780975374061.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Former Vice President Ismael Dies in Kosrae". Pacific Magazine. 2008-08-02. Archived from the original on 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2008-08-09.
  3. ^ "Former FSM Vice President Hirosi Ismael dies at 72". Pacific Daily News. 2008-08-02. Retrieved 2008-08-09. [dead link]
Political offices
Preceded by Vice President of the Federated States of Micronesia
May 1987 – 1991
Succeeded by