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Senator Lorraine R. Inouye

Legislature Passes Bill to Exempt Certain Medical Services from General Excise Tax

June 3, 2024 5:23am

UPDATE 06-03-2024: Gov. Green to Sign Into Law the Largest Tax Cut Bill for Working Families in State History and Tax Exemption for Medical Services Honolulu, Hawaiʻi – Today, the Legislature passed a bill to provide relief to the healthcare…

Zonta Club of Hilo Increases Microgrants to Big Island Women Entrepreneurs to Total $10,000

June 3, 2024 5:05am

June 1, 2024, Hilo, HI – The Zonta Club of Hilo is accepting microgrant applications to provide funding for women-owned small businesses on Hawai‘i Island. Women entrepreneurs who are seeking financial support are encouraged to apply. The Pay It Forward…

Hawaii Medical Association is thankful for Senator Inoyues efforts to pass SB 1035

May 7, 2024 1:23pm

Hawaii Legislature PASSES SB 1035, General Excise Tax exemption! May 1, 2024, will be remembered as a historic day by our medical community, as the Hawaii State Legislature unanimously passed Senate Bill 1035. This measure exempts hospitals, infirmaries, medical clinics,…

Lorraine R. Inouye Files for Hawai‘i Island Senate District 1

April 2, 2024 11:46am

(Hilo, Hawai‘i, March 25, 2024) — Lorraine Rodero Inouye, senator for Hawai‘i Island’s District 1 in the state Senate, filed reelection papers today on O‘ahu where she is participating in the current legislative session. “We have achieved a great deal…

CTHAR Awards Senator Inouye Ka Lei Hano Award

March 18, 2024 8:14am

The University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources ( CTHAR ) awards Senator Inouye their prestigious annual Ka Lei Hano Award. She will be honored at the ‘Ohana Banquet Friday, April 12, 2024 at the Japanese Cultural…

Senator Inouye Receives Rose Award of Excellence

March 13, 2024 4:01am

Zonta Club of Hilo honors Lorraine Inouye, Hawaii State Senator, whose career in public service spans over four decades. The Zonta Club of Hilo established the Rose Award of Excellence in 2004 to recognize women in our community, or connected…

Hilo’s Latest Science News

February 7, 2024 5:16am

UH Announces Plans for Space Engineering and Technology Center in Hilo The University of Hawaiʻi is in the early stages of developing a space technology center that will provide hands-on training experience for students and high-paying jobs for kamaʻāina residents…

Big Island police caution public about iPhone security concerns

December 1, 2023 5:27am

Reposted from Hawaii Tribune Herald The Hawaii Police Department is warning iPhone and Apple Watch users about privacy concerns regarding a feature on Apple’s latest operating system software update. The feature, called NameDrop, allows users with iOS 17.1 and watchOS…


October 10, 2023 10:01am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 9, 2023 (HONOLULU) – Dawn Chang, Chairperson of the Commission on Water Resource Management (CWRM), announced today that Kaleo Manuel, 1 st  Deputy to the Chairperson of CWRM, will return to his post effective immediately. On…


April 26, 2023 1:04pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 26, 2023 Senate Communications: Chelsea Brinegar 808-586-6290 Honolulu, Hawaiʻi – Senator Lorraine R. Inouye (District 1 – Hilo, Pauka‘a, Papaikou, Pepe‘ekeo) announced today that over $52,000,000 in funding was secured in the final version of the…


January 16, 2023 10:33am

HILO, HAWAI‘I – January 17, 2023 — Hawai‘i State Senator Lorraine R. Inouye, District 1 (Hilo, Pauka‘a, Papaikou, and Pepe‘ekeo), has appointed Rhea Lee-Moku as her legislative assistant based on the Island of Hawai‘i. Lee-Moku will serve as Senator Inouye’s…


December 9, 2022 9:04am

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi – Today, Senator Lorraine R. Inouye (District 1 – Hilo, Paukaʻa, Papaikou, Pepeʻekeo) honored Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Chair Suzanne Case during her last meeting as chair of the State Board of Land and Natural…


Scott Grosskreutz

Hawaii has a severe shortage of healthcare professionals .  Senator Lorraine Inouye introduced SB1035 to exempt the healthcare of Medicare , Medicaid and TriCare patients from GET taxation.  The successful passage of this bill will increase the number of doctors, dentists and nurses able to care for our kupuna, economically disadvantaged and military veterans and their families on the Big Island.  Mahalo Nui Aloha to the Senator for looking out for our local communities!

State Senate President Ron Kouchi

State Senator Lorraine Inouye is well respected at the Legislature because of her strong values and integrity. We can always count on Lorraine to guide us in the right direction when faced with tough decisions.”

Dana Goya, PhD

Senator Lorraine Inouye cares deeply about education and has been incredibly supportive of schools in the districts she has served. She has donated supplies, endorsed teacher projects, and sponsored many visits for students and teachers to the Capitol. Senator Inouye is sensitive to the needs of our community and her commitment to our youth and their success is admirable.

Eric Tanouye

Senator Inouye has always been a strong advocate for Hawaii agriculture. With the challenges our growers are facing from invasive species to climate change, we need her experience, and the network she’s built to get things done for Hawaii ag moving forward.

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