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A tale of Hawaiʻi second ladies: Vivian Aiona

James "Duke" Aiona, Vivian Aiona
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FILE - Hawaiʻi gubernatorial candidate James "Duke" Aiona, left, and his wife Vivian Aiona, are seen at the Hawaiʻi Republican campaign headquarters, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Honolulu. Aiona conceded the 2010 Hawaiʻi governor's race to Neil Abercrombie. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

Vivian Aiona knows something about the job as Hawaiʻi first lady. As the wife of former Lt. Gov. James “Duke” Aiona, she served in the role when asked by single then-Gov. Linda Lingle. Now, she's a member of the Washington Place Foundation. She also had a career with the airlines as a flight attendant while raising four children and now eight grandchildren.

With Duke Aiona campaigning for governor this year, Vivian Aiona could officially become the next Hawaiʻi first lady. She spoke to The Conversation about issues she hopes to elevate if her husband becomes Hawaiʻi's next governor.

Our interview with Jaime Green, wife of gubernatorial candidate and current Lt. Gov. Josh Green, aired on The Conversation on Friday, Oct. 14.

This interview aired on The Conversation on Oct. 13, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at
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