Hidano has a wealth of experience in government leadership positions and in the private sector. She has twice served as Deputy Director of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, and most recently she was the Deputy Director at the Department of Transportation. Hidano also co-founded Hidano Construction, Inc., a general contracting company that specializes in residential and light commercial construction, and is the co-owner of Rim-Pac, Inc. a construction company that specializes in solid surface work. She began her career as a public affairs analyst for Verizon (formerly GTE Hawaiian Tel).
Hidano is active in a number of business and community organizations including the Nuuanu-Punchbowl Neighborhood Board, the Nuuanu YMCA, the Hawaii Employer-Union Benefits Trust Fund (employer trustee), and the Building Industry Association. She is a graduate of Honolulu Business College and McKinley High School.
“Audrey Hidano is an experienced government leader who also understands what it takes to make a small business successful and a community thrive.” Governor David Ige said. “She is a team player and I know she’ll make a positive difference.”
“It’s an honor to be able to continue to serve the people of Hawaii,” said Hidano. “I look forward to working with the dedicated employees in the Department on behalf of the public.”
Hidano’s nomination is subject to Senate confirmation.