Lisa Kitagawa was born and raised in Kāne‘ohe and graduated from James B. Castle High School. Lisa completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She graduated with distinction, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Resources and a Minor in Speech, and a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration.
After graduating with her degrees, Lisa worked in Leadership Development and New Student Programs at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She also worked at the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) as the Student Services Specialist, providing academic and student support. Lisa is currently employed as the Office Manager for Representative Aaron Ling Johanson (State House District 31).
Lisa has always been involved in her community. She is currently a member of Mountain View Community Church, the Kiwanis Club of Kāne‘ohe, and serves as Treasurer for the Benjamin Parker Ohana (PTA).
Lisa is married to her husband Justin and has two children, Maia-Joy, a Kindergartner at Benjamin Parker Elementary School, and Noah, a preschooler at Rainbow School Kāne‘ohe.