Calvin Say was born in Honolulu on February 1, 1952. He attended and graduated from Saint Louis High School in 1970. He received a BEd from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Rep. Say has served as Speaker of the House since 1999. He was first elected to the House in 1976. It is well known that he was working as a busboy at the former Flamingo Chuckwagon when he was first elected. After receiving his degree in Education, Hawaii teachers went on strike leaving few jobs for new, young teachers. Frustrated, he decided to get involved and run for office. Speaker Say's government involvement includes service on the Executive Committee of the National Speaker's Conference and on the Board of Directors of the the State Legislative Leaders Foundation.
As a Honolulu businessman, Calvin Say is President of Kotake Shokai, Ltd. and serves on a number of business association boards such as the Kaimuki Professional and Business Association, the Palolo Lions Club, the Palolo Community Council, and the Saint Louis Heights Community Association.