Senator Laura Acasio (District 1 – Hilo) released the following statement regarding the passing of former Hawaiʻi County Mayor Billy Kenoi:
“My thoughts and prayers are with former Mayor Kenoi’s family and friends, who, as anyone who knew him can attest, number in the thousands. Billy, as he was fondly known, leaves behind him a legacy of improvements that will have Hawaiʻi Island residents and visitors enjoying themselves at county parks and beaches for decades to come.
Mahalo, Billy, for your inspiration, infectious sense of humor and endless amount of aloha. We will forever miss having you and your charisma in the surf line-up.”