Vicky has a deep love for family. The sixth of nine children, Vicky Tiu Cayetano was born on March 16, 1956, in Manila, the Philippines. Her parents were Chinese immigrants who moved to the U.S. when Vicky was three years old. At age six and half, she starred in the Elvis Presley movie, It Happened at the World’s Fair. She grew up in the San Francisco area and eventually settled in Hawai‘i in 1982. In 1997, she became Hawai‘i’s First Lady when she married then sitting Governor Ben Cayetano. Together, they raised three daughters and a son from previous marriages. The family has since grown to include four grandsons and one granddaughter.
Vicky was an active First Lady. Always an advocate, she pushed for legislation to pass the country’s first shark fin ban, reduced the unemployment tax burden on Hawai‘i’s businesses, led the effort for Care Plus, an initiative for our kūpuna, and restored Washington Place as a cultural and historical museum.
Vicky is a successful entrepreneur and business executive who co-founded United Laundry Services 34 years ago. As president, she grew the company to become the largest commercial laundry in the state — with branches in Hilo, Kona, Kahului, Lahaina, and Honolulu — employing nearly 1,000 people.
Vicky will bring new ideas and a fresh perspective to find solutions to the significant challenges that face our state. She understands what it takes to effectively execute strategies, tackle tough issues, build strong teams, and collaborate with others to get things done.