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Senator Lorraine R. Inouye


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 Resources (BLNR). As Chair of the land board, Case is limited to two consecutive terms.

Senator Inouye, who chairs the Senate Committee on Water and Land, presented Chair Case with a certificate from the Hawaiʻi State Senate, highlighting her leadership and proven track record of moving the DLNR forward. Case served in the position for nearly eight years.

Senator Inouye issued the following statement:

“It was important to me that we officially recognize the service and leadership of Chair Case and the impact she’s had as head of the DLNR. Over the years, she led the department with integrity and transparency, and helped to implement initiatives such as watershed protection, marine management, bio-security, food security and renewable energy. The important work that she did as a protector of our precious island resources will be felt for years to come.”

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<p><a href=”″>DLNR Chair Case Honored by State Senate, Dec. 9, 2022</a> from <a href=”″>Hawaii DLNR</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a>.</p>

December 9, 2022
Senate Communications: Jacob Aki 808-586-6261


William Takaba, Retired County Managing Director

I served as Lorraine’s finance director when she was the Mayor of Hawaii County in the early ‘90s. What I remember most about Lorraine was her genuine commitment to improving the quality of life for residents of the Big Island. Lorraine stood for openness and truth, and made sure everyone who worked for her did the same. As our senator, Lorraine continues to show the leadership and integrity that we all want in our leaders – she does not compromise her values, listens to the needs of constituents, and delivers on her promises.

Barbara Hastings

Lorraine’s being on the Senate Ways and Means Committee gives her critical input on where the state’s money is spent. In my view, she has always exercised that position carefully.

Ami Lamson

Senator Lorraine Inouye has always supported our efforts to improve healthcare for East Hawai‘i as well as the state.  We should reelect Senator Inouye so she can continue the good work she has done for our community.

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