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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Inaugural Celebration: For Gov. Ige’s inaugural celebration, Mrs. Ige wore this beautiful lace blouse and skirt by local designer Jeanie Chun, whom she met at the Chinese Women’s Club of Honolulu scholarship and welfare luncheon and fashion show earlier this year.

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.