About Lorraine

Lorraine has over 30 years of experience and dedication to public service for the State of Hawaiʻi in the elected positions of Hawaiʻi State Senator, Mayor of Hawaiʻi County, and a member of the Hawaiʻi County Council. Lorraine also has vast experience in the private sector as president of a small business and has served on and chaired many committees over the years.

In 1990, Lorraine became Mayor of Hawaiʻi County where she stayed in office through 1992. In 1993, she went on to become the President of Aloha Blooms, Inc., a 10-acre anthurium farm in Hilo where she is still president to this day. Lorraine served as Senator of District 1, from 1998 to 2008, where she headed many committees from economics to transportation and military affairs. Lorraine is honored to return as Senator of District 4 in 2014.

Political & Business Career

Hawaiʻi State Senator, 2014-Present

Chair, Transportation and Energy Committee, 2014-Present

Hawaiʻi State Senator, 1998-2008

Chair, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs, 2007-2008

Chair, Transportation and Government Operations, 2005-2006

Chair, Water, Land and Agriculture, 2003-2004

Chair, Water, Land, Energy and Environment, 2001-2002

Chair, Economic Development, 1998-2000

Member, Ways and Means, 2000-2005; 2007-2008

Member, National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators 2002-2008

Vice Chair, National Council of State Legislators Transportation Committee

Mayor, County of Hawaiʻi, 1990-1991

Member, Hawaiʻi County Council, 1984-1990

Member, Hawaiʻi State Plan Policy Council, 1980-1983

Member, Hawaiʻi County Planning Commission, 1974-1979

Sales Manager, Hilo Hawaiʻian, Hilo & Kona Lagoon Hotels, 1975-1987

Manager, Orchid Island Hotel, 1967-1975

 

Community Involvement

Lifetime Member – The Girl Scouts of America

Director, Girl Scout Council of Hawaiʻi, 1995-1998

Member, Rotary Club of Hilo, 1998-2000

Member, Rotary Club of Hilo, 2010 to present
International Relations Committee
Paul Harris Fellow

Member, United Nations-Hawaiʻi Island

Member, VASH- Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaiʻi

Charter member, Ho’okumu, North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital, 1991

Waimea Outdoor Circle

Big Island Filipino Community Council

Pepeekeo Filipino Community Association

Hawaiʻi County Democratic Party District Treasurer