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Senate Suddenly Begins Posting Legislative Allowance Expenditure Reports
By News Release @ 12:49 PM :: 2065 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government


News Release from Hawaii State Senate, Feb 28, 2023

Honolulu, Hawai‘i – Starting Wednesday, March 1, 2023, the Hawai‘i State Senate will post a report of each Senator’s 2023 legislative allowance expenditures online via the State Capitol website.

To access these reports, visit the State Capitol website's homepage, click on the Hawaii State Legislature drop-down menu, select the Senate link, and then click on the Legislative Allowance Expenditure Reports link. The reports can also be found by visiting each Senator’s individual webpage, and will be updated monthly.


Sen Glen Wakai--Trask-Branco Pushing Hydrogen/Geothermal:

  • 02/02/2023 $40.68 Lunch for meeting with Patrick Branco and OHA Trustee Mililani Trask to discuss hydrogen and other issues.
  • 02/28/2023 $54.29 Lunch for meeting with DBEDT Deputy Director Dane Wicker to discuss DBEDT issues.
  • 02/28/2023 $97.10 Lunch for meeting with Francis Choe, Patrick Branco, and Aaron Johanson to discuss economic issues.

Taxpayers Buy Fukunaga an IPad

CB: …The Senate reports show that the biggest spending so far comes from Carol Fukunaga, who reported paying $1,808 for an iPad Pro tablet and keyboard “to conduct legislative business.”

Lynn DeCoite forked over $1,611 for lei, floral arrangements and food for Opening Day ceremonies on Jan. 18.

Jarrett Keohokalole spent $1,331 on food for a Senate and House Native Hawaiian Caucus lunch meeting on Feb. 21.

And Donovan Dela Cruz plunked down $916 to fly to San Antonio, Texas, for site visits and meetings “with UH regarding the Culinary Institute of America/Culinary Institute of the Pacific workforce training program.”

Several members bought business cards, bottled water, parking permits, coffee filters and creamer, Sticky Notes and face masks.

And a handful of senators haven’t spent a dime of their allowance: Kurt Fevella, Les Ihara, Gil Keith-Agaran, Angus McKelvey and Sharon Moriwaki.

Allowances are separate from the $62,604 annual salary for legislators and from per diem and air travel costs for non-Oahu members….

read … Senate Expense Accounts

SA: Hawaii lawmakers’ allowance spending reports moving online


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