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Senator Lorraine R. Inouye


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 liaison in Hilo during the legislative session to represent her and respond to concerns, bill inquiries and other questions from District 1 constituents and organizations.

As Sen. Inouye goes into the 32nd Legislative Session January 18 through May 4, 2023, she is serving as State Senator in a new district.

“It is both important and of much value to provide support staff based in Hilo. Rhea will be engaged in the communities I am serving, as well as representing me at meetings and community events in Hilo while duties require me to remain at the Hawai‘i State Capitol,” said Senator Lorraine R. Inouye.

Lee-Moku joins Senator Inouye’s permanent staff Tammie Kotani, office manager, Brad Knowlton, committee clerk and Mel Ah Ching, legislative assistant.

Lee-Moku was born and raised in Hilo. She retired as a manager of Hawai‘i Electric Light Company (subsidiary of Hawaiian Electric Industries) in 2018 and remains active in the community. Lee-Moku is a current board member and past president of the Hawai‘i Island Chamber of Commerce and previously served on other non-profit boards including The Food Basket, HIWEDO, and the Boys and Girls Club of the Big Island.

Rhea Lee-Moku can be contacted by phone (808) 765-1721 or email at [email protected]. She is excited to be of service and looks forward to serving the communities of District 1.

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Reed Takaaze

Lorraine is the one candidate who has the experience and skill to make positive changes.

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.

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.”

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