Meet Lynn

Lynn DeCoite was born in Honolulu and has lived on Moloka'i since the age of four.

She is a third-generation homestead farmer, where she and her three siblings were raised to work hard and live off the land. Lynn graduated from Moloka’i High School and attended Moloka’i Community College.

Lynn and her husband, Russell own and operate L&R Farm Ent Inc. where they raise the famous Moloka’i purple sweet potato. Along with being a small business owner, Lynn is very involved in the community and has served in leadership roles as a member of the Molokaʻi Irrigation Advisory Board (2008 – 2012), the Molokaʻi Chamber of Commerce (2006 – 2012), the Farm Service Agency (2007 – 2015) and the Hawaiʻi State Board of Agriculture (2012 – 2015).

In 2015, Lynn was appointed to represent District 13 in the Hawaiʻi State House of Representatives; and subsequently re-elected to three consecutive terms. During her time in the Legislature, she has worked collaboratively with her colleagues to get key legislation passed, including HB 451 (2017) – which reduces the minimum Hawaiian blood quantum requirement of certain successors to lessees of Hawaiian home lands from one-quarter to one thirty-second. Lynn has also worked tirelessly to secure over $680 million in capital improvement projects and grant in aid for her district.

On June 18, 2021, Lynn was appointed by Governor Ige to represent District 7 in the Hawaiʻi State Senate. 

As the only farmer in the Hawaiʻi State Legislature, Lynn is committed to increasing food production in our islands, while also advocating for greater access to affordable housing and protection of our environment.