Sen. Inouye to visit Kaua‘i today

U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye and his bride, Irene Hirano, will be on Kaua‘i today to discuss a multi-agency project, pay respects to the widow of Mayor Bryan Baptiste and participate in a luncheon with friends and supporters.

Inouye will continue with a meeting that he and the mayor had planned together concerning projects to expand Kuhio Highway and underground Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative lines to reduce adverse impacts to the endangered shearwater birds, states a news release from the senator’s office.

Combining the two projects should save Kaua‘i ratepayer’s some $7 million to start, the release states.

The senator will carry out the mayor’s wishes which includes working to secure additional federal dollars to reduce Kaua‘i’s electricity burden while at the same time allowing important road expansion projects to proceed, the release says.

The meeting with federal, state and KIUC officials will start at 10:45 a.m. at the Coco Palms hotel lobby and will include a walking tour of the Kuhio Highway widening project fronting the hotel.

The luncheon starts at 12:30 p.m. at the Kaua‘i Community College Culinary Arts Dining Room.

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