Maui Election

Gov. Ige Appoints Laura Acasio to Fill Kahele’s District 1 Vacancy

January 19, 2021, 2:32 PM HST
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Picture of Laura Acasio (Courtesy of Laura Acasio)

Governor David Ige announced today the appointment of Laura Acasio to fill the vacant Senate District 1 seat left by Congressman Kaialiʻi Kahele. State Senate District 1 includes the greater Hilo area. 

Acasio is a substitute teacher who has served in multiple leadership roles within the state Democratic Party and in nonprofits such as the Hilo Surfrider Foundation,  Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo Public Charter School and the Hawaiʻi Rise Foundation.

“I extend a warm welcome to Ms. Acasio and look forward to working with her as the newest member of the Hawaiʻi State Senate,” said Senate President Ronald Kouchi (District 8 – Kauaʻi and Niʻihau).

Acasio will be administered the oath of office on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 10:00am during the opening day floor proceedings.

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