Introducing Hawaii’s New First Lady

As we welcome the start of 2015, we also welcome a new first lady to Washington Place. Meet Dawn Amano-Ige, wife of Hawaii’s eighth governor, David Ige. A school vice principal, Amano-Ige is currently on a leave of absence to serve as first lady.


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Hawaii's new first lady Dawn Amano-Ige | Photo by Nathalie Walker

Born and raised in Ewa, she graduated from Campbell High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Hawaii. She also has an MBA from Chaminade University, and a professional diploma in Elementary Education from University of Hawaii.

Prior to becoming a vice principal, she was an elementary school teacher, and also has worked as a public relations account executive and marketing director for a healthcare system.

Favorite item in your closet: Pink dress (by Taylor) that I wore on Primary Election Night (Aug. 9). It’s festive, colorful and fun. I purchased it from Nordstrom Rack for $20. I love a good find.

Favorite designer(s): One of my favorite dresses is the one I wore at the inauguration celebration dinner. It’s by designer Jeanie Chun. Mrs. (Jean) Ariyoshi introduced me to her. I love the way she designed the dress with lace and a little shine.