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Senator Lorraine R. Inouye


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 state budget (HB300 CD1) for various improvement projects in her district.

Highlights from Senator Inouye’s secured funds include:

• $50 million for the expansion of the ICU and medical surgical unit at Hilo Medical Center
• $600,000 to Island of Hawaiʻi YMCA
• $450,000 to Boys and Girls Club of the Big Island
• $400,000 in FY24 for UH Hilo athletics
• $330,000 to YWCA of Hawaiʻi Island
• $200,000 to Hawaiʻi Island Portuguese Chamber of Commerce
• $200,000 to Hospice of Hilo
• $150,000 to Hawaiʻi County Economic Opportunity Council
• $100,000 to Friends of the Palace Theater
• $100,000 to East Hawaiʻi Cultural Center

“I am delighted to share that Senate District 1 will receive funding exceeding $52 million,” said Senator Inouye. “These funds will be utilized to enhance our health centers, athletic programs, and vital community organizations which will, in turn, improve the quality of life for those who live here.”


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.

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!

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