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Today, I am filled with gratitude as I think about how remarkable the past eight years has been serving as the First Lady of the State of Hawaiʻi. Thank you to everyone who supported these impactful projects and programs.
Click on this link to read about my heartfelt gratitude and reflection on all the many hearts and minds who made my time as First Lady memorable and meaningful and helped make a positive difference for our precious island state and beyond. 

Dawn Amano-Ige became the first lady of Hawaiʻi when her husband, Governor David Y. Ige, was sworn in as the 8th governor of the State of Hawaiʻi in December 2014.

As first lady, Mrs. Ige draws from her educator and businesswoman experience. She is an advocate for education, food security, and mental and emotional wellness

In 2019, Mrs. Ige launched the ‘Ohana Readers program – which distributed over 10,400 books to families with young children — to promote early literacy. She also distributed 2,000 books through the Scholastic Summer Reading program bringing the total amount to nearly 12,400 books put into the hands of young readers.

In 2022, the first lady was recognized with the Dream Maker’s Award from Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation for her work in early literacy.

Mrs. Ige is also on a mission to encourage students to begin their day with a healthy breakfast through the Jump Start Breakfast Initiative, launched in 2019. The success of this initiative led to the Grab ‘n Go program and Kaukau 4 Keiki – a government-community partnership that helped to feed Hawaiʻi’s children during the pandemic. 

In 2019, Mrs. Ige was honored in the School Breakfast Hall of Fame by No Kid Hungry. Mrs. Ige also promotes healthy living through the Department of Health’s Choose Healthy Now program.  Nationally, she has served as chair of the Spouses’ Leadership Committee for the National Governors Association. She also serves on the First Spouse Steering Committee of Pathways to Resilience, a national organization that facilitates collaboration across health, education, early childhood, social services, and justice sectors to create a culture of healing and resilience for children and families.

First Lady has also made it her priority to make Washington Place – once the home to Hawaiʻi’s last reigning monarch, Queen Liliʻuokalani, and today’s official residences for Hawaiʻi’s governors and their families – open to the public.

Under her leadership, the home remains a gracious gathering place where the legacy of the Queen and the memories of those who called it home continue to be honored. In 2022, to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the construction of Washington Place Mrs. Ige lead a series of celebrations, tours, educational forums and even a television special on KHON2, titled “Hale O Nā Alakaʻi.”

Mrs. Ige also wrote the website ( making the historic home accessible to the world.

When Hawai‘i faced the challenges of COVID-19 in 2020-2021, Mrs. Ige launched her Facebook page to connect with families and provide them with educational and recreational activities.

Professionally, Mrs. Ige was an educator who served as vice principal of Kanoelani Elementary School and Moanalua High School. Prior to working in school administration, she was a 3rd-grade teacher for over 10 years at Waimalu Elementary School. Mrs. Ige previously worked in business as marketing director of Kapiolani Health Care System and as an account executive for the public relations firm of Stryker Weiner Associates.

Mrs. Ige was born and raised in ʻEwa, Hawaiʻi and is a graduate of James Campbell High School in ʻEwa Beach. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Hawai‘i, where she met her husband. She also earned a master’s degree in business from Chaminade University in Honolulu. After having children, she returned to the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa for a professional diploma in elementary education.

Governor and Mrs. Ige have three children, Lauren, Amy, and Matthew, who are currently pursuing their careers on the mainland.

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Jump Start Breakfast

In 2018, the “Jump Start Breakfast” pilot program launched at up to 10 Hawai‘i schools has itself been jumpstarted by funding from the national No Kid Hungry campaign.
First lady teamed up with the Hawai‘i State Department of Education’s School Food Services Branch, Hawai‘i Appleseed, Hawai‘i Child Nutrition Programs, Safeway Foundation and other community partners to encourage more students to start their day with a healthy school breakfast.
To celebrate Hawai‘i’s winning campaign a summit was held on May 8, 2019 at Kapi‘olani Community College, where eight student culinary teams vied for top prizes in savory and sweet breakfast categories.
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‘Ohana Readers on Moloka‘i

In 2019 the ʻOhana Readers literacy program was launched on Molokaʻi.
Each month ‘Ohana Readers will deliver free books to children through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in partnership with the Office of the Governor, the state Department of Human Services, the Hawai‘i State Public Library System, the Friends of the Library, Rep. Lynn DeCoite’s office, Learning to Grow and Read to Me International.
Research shows that children are ready to learn in their earliest years, and this program provides no-cost opportunities for learning from birth through age four. ʻOhana Readers encourages family read-aloud time, an activity that increases the vocabulary and language skills of our children and contributes to their growing knowledge of the world.
For more information please contact Caroline Adolpho, Moloka‘i administrator at
(808) 567-9050 during office hours or email [email protected].

Storytime with the First Lady

As a parent and former educator, Mrs. Ige has always valued books and the role it plays in instilling the love of learning in a child’s life. Storytime brings quality books and activities into a family’s home and encourages quality family time.
Invite your friends and family to join first lady as she shares some of her favorite stories with you.


Conversations with the First Lady

In partnership with Olelo Community Media, first lady brings you a monthly series for children and families. She will be reading some of her favorite stories followed by a conversation with a community leader.

This 30-minute show is filmed on site at historic Washington Place, home of our beloved Queen Lili‘uokalani, Hawai‘i’s last reigning monarch.

In the first episode which aired during the summer of 2020, Mrs. Ige read “Say Something” by Peter Reynolds, an empowering story about finding your voice and using it to make the world a better place. She then interviewed Justice Sabrina McKenna, of the Hawai‘i Supreme Court, who shared with the audience what her job is like.

Visit ‘Ōlelo Community Media each month to watch the latest episode.

Q&A Hawai‘i with the First Lady

In Q&A Hawai‘i, Mrs. Ige introduces Hawai‘i citizens to the different agencies that serve the public. In this live format on Facebook, Mrs. Ige asks questions and gets answers for you.
Guests have included Stacey Aldrich, state librarian; Alexandra Slous, state disaster recovery coordinator; and Suzanne Case, director of department of land and natural resources. Other guests have spoken on topics such as mail-in voting, grab-and-go meal program, and stress management.
Join her on Facebook to learn more about the numerous programs and services available to you.

Washington Place


Washington Place was once home to Hawai‘i’s last reigning monarch, Queen Lili‘uokalani, and today is the official residence for Hawai‘i’s governors and their families. Governor Ige and first lady have held many community events and hosted many dignitaries at this historic home.

As First Lady, Mrs. Ige has made it a priority to make Washington Place accessible to the public. Under her leadership, the home has grown into a gathering place for the community to learn more about our state’s rich history.

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