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Hawaii’s representatives in Congress, like all others across the country, are required to file financial disclosures every year revealing how much money they make and what they own.
But figuring out who makes the most and owns the most isn’t easy because they’re allowed to list their money in wide ranges.
A Civil Beat review of the financial disclosures — filed in mid-May and posted online by the Center for Responsive Politics last week — shows that Sen. Daniel K. Inouye could be the wealthiest in the delegation. But it could also be Rep. Mazie Hirono or Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, depending on how things shake out. All three have holdings valued between $1.5 million and $4 million, Civil Beat found.
Members of Congress are required to disclose their assets and non-government income as well as the holdings of their spouses and dependent children. Here’s what’s on file for Dan Akaka, Hanabusa, Hirono and Inouye:
Hawaii’s junior senator, who’s not running for re-election this fall, made between $23,000 and $29,000 in outside income — beyond his Senate salary — and has holdings between $616,000 and $1.3 million.
Akaka, a retired teacher, earned $15,000 from his State of Hawaii retirement account and various other amounts from annuities, IRAs and savings accounts. His assets include a condominium in Alexandria, Va., and a family savings account and real estate, each valued between $250,000 and $500,000.
View Akaka’s full disclosure here:
Hanabusa’s husband, John Souza, earned somewhere between $200,000 and $2 million from his businesses, Pueo Enterprises LLC and Pueo Trucking LLC.
She valued his ownership stakes in those businesses between $750,000 and $1.5 million. Souza also has a Central Pacific Bank account with between $500,001 and $1 million in it. Hanabusa’s listed assets include three parcels along Farrington Highway in Waianae owned by the Hanabusa Limited Parnership, each valued at between $15,001 and $50,000.
In all, the couple’s assets are valued between $1.5 million and $3.2 million.
View Hanabusa’s full disclosure here:
Hirono earned between $63,000 and $94,000 in outside income in 2011, and her assets are valued somewhere between $1.5 million and $3.5 million, according to her disclosure form.
The largest chunk of income is about $46,000 from Hirono’s state pension. She valued that pension at between $500,000 and $1 million. She also owns a property on Elm Street in Honolulu valued between $250,000 and $500,000 and has three accounts she said contain between $100,000 and $250,000 apiece.
View Hirono’s full disclosure here:
Inouye had no outside income to speak of in 2011. He and his wife, Irene, together have between $1.8 million and $4 million in assets. The largest items were land held by the Yasutake Family Trust in Lockwood, Calif., and a residence in Bethesda, Md., held by the Margaret Shinobu Awamura Inouye trust.
Each is valued between $500,000 and $1 million.
View Inouye’s full disclosure here: