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Senator Lorraine R. Inouye

Senator Inouye Receives Rose Award of Excellence

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 to our community, who have made a significant impact on the lives of others through their employment, volunteer activities, and associations.  Many outstanding women helped shape our community and many strong female leaders continue to contribute their talents and skills to improve the quality of life in this state, nation, and world.  The Rose Award of Excellence seeks to recognize and honor these achievers and to provide visible examples for tomorrow’s female leaders. The honor is presented in March to coincide with International Women’s Day. Nominations are sought from within the Club.




Art Taniguchi

Lorraine is a champion for the people, of the island and State.  She is very approachable, sincerely listens to peoples’ concerns and challenges — and does something about them.  Her selfless dedication is unparalleled and she had represented us in the senate very well. 

Leonard Tanaka

One of my greatest appreciations for Senator Inouye is her concern for local businesses like ours. Her leadership experience at the State Legislature allows her to introduce and advocate legislation that supports businesses, our economy and our families. She has always been responsive to my calls and inquiries.

Romel Dela Cruz

Lorraine is a lifetime resident of East Hawaii and a veteran State legislator. She has served as Mayor and Councilmember so has intimate knowledge of the needs of her new senatorial district. Lorraine has the political savvy to take action that delivers services effectively for our community.

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