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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.”


Charlene Iboshi

Lorraine is a proven leader, who cares about our community’s health, safety and well-being. Lorraine listens to our community to improve the economic, educational and social conditions for our island. She gets things done effectively and with integrity.

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.

Nancy Cabral, Realtor

Lorraine is not in office for her own agenda but rather to represent and fight for the people of Hawai‘i Island. We need Lorraine to stay in the senate where she is respected for her hard work, dedication, honesty and compassion.

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