U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, a World War II veteran and Hawaii’s senior senator, died Monday from respiratory complications. He was 88.Inouye, who had been hospitalized since Dec. 6, died at 5:10 p.m. EST at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, his office said.Governor Abercrombie issued the following statement:“The Senator gave everything. He knew the true meaning of ‘Go for Broke.’He left us with a legacy of honor and service to the people of Hawaii, to the people of this nation, without parallel.“The Senator recently made clear to me his love and affection for us all. He said: ‘I represented the people of Hawaii and this nation honestly and to the best of my ability. I think I did okay.’I’m sure we all believe he did okay.
“Our responsibility is to not just carry on but carry through on his total devotion and commitment to Hawaii and its values. Our thoughts, hearts and deepest aloha go out to his wife, Irene; son, Ken; and the entire Inouye family.”
U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka said:
It is very difficult for me to bid aloha to my good friend, colleague, and brother Dan Inouye. Senator Inouye was a true patriot and American hero in every sense. His legacy is not only the loving family he leaves behind, it can be seen in every mile of every road in Hawaii, in every nature preserve, in every facility that makes Hawaii a safer place.
Dan fulfilled his dream of creating a better Hawaii. He gave us access to the resources and facilities of the mainland states took for granted. He leaves behind him a list of accomplishments unlikely to ever be paralleled.
Tomorrow will be the first day since Hawaii became a state in 1959 that Dan Inouye will not be representing us in Congress. But every child born in Hawaii will learn of Dan Inouye, a man who changed our islands forever.
I join all of the people of Hawaii in praying for his wife Irene, his son Ken and daughter-in-law Jessica, his step-daughter Jennifer, and his granddaughter Maggie, who brought him so much joy in this life and carries his legacy forward.
Dan, my dear friend and colleague. You will be missed in Washington as much as you will be missed in Hawaii. Rest in peace.
Congresswoman and Senator elect Mazie Hirono said:
I join the people of Hawaii in mourning the passing of Senator Daniel Inouye. This is a tremendous loss for Hawaii and our nation, and I am deeply saddened and shocked my longtime friend is no longer with us.
History will remember Dan Inouye as a decorated war hero – a Medal of Honor recipient – and monumental figure in Hawaii’s statehood. Throughout his life, he fought and sacrificed for the ideals of freedom and justice. His record speaks for itself. Despite his significant accomplishments, Dan Inouye never forgot where he came from. His values, work, and sense of honor were strongly rooted in Hawaii, and he pursued his vision for America with humility and bipartisanship. It has been an honor and privilege to serve with him in Congress, and I will work to see that we continue to build on the strong foundation he has left Hawaii and the United States of America.
“My heart goes out to his wife Irene Hirano Inouye, his son Daniel Ken Inouye Jr., and the many family, friends, colleagues, and citizens who will miss him dearly. While we lost a great public servant and human being today, his memory is guaranteed to live on for generations to come.”
Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa said:
“I am greatly saddened to hear of the passing of Hawaii’s beloved Senator Daniel K. Inouye. It is a tremendous loss to our state. My thoughts are with his wife Irene, his son Kenny and his family, and all of Senator Inouye’s staff, who he treated as his extended family.
Senator Daniel K. Inouye dedicated his entire adult life to service to America and Hawaii. As a volunteer soldier fighting in Europe during World War II, as a Territorial legislator, and as a member of Congress, he never wavered in his commitment to placing the needs of the people he served before his own.
His bravery in battle earned him the Medal of Honor. His focus on Hawaii’s needs brought countless projects to fruition, including Hawaii’s East West Center. His Congressional career earned him a national reputation through his service on the Watergate commission; chairing the special committee on the Iran-Contra investigation; and serving as chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee as well as President Pro Tem of the Senate, which placed him third in line of succession to the presidency.
But beyond his well-deserved professional accolades, I am proud to have called Dan Inouye a friend and a mentor. His professional generosity and personal kindness have meant the world to me. I attribute a great deal of the success I have enjoyed to his willingness to share with a smile, and to guide with a gentle word. I will miss him, and I join our state and our nation in mourning the loss of a great American and a wonderful man.”
Congresswoman elect Tulsi Gabbard said:
“I am deeply saddened at the passing of Senator Inouye. He is a true American hero, sacrificing in battle and breaking the barriers of prejudice that existed during World War II. After serving so admirably and bravely, Dan Inouye returned to Hawaii and began his distinguished career as an elected servant of the people.
“Senator Inouye was a true servant-leader who inspired so many to step up and serve Hawaii and our nation. The fact his last word was “Aloha” speaks volumes about this iconic leader.
“He has and will continue to be an inspiration and mentor to me and countless others around the world. I extend my deepest aloha to his family and all who were touched by his life and legacy.”
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December 17, 2012
MAUI COUNTY DEMOCRATS MOURN THE PASSING OF SENATOR DANIEL K. INOUYE
WAILUKU, Hawaii – The Maui County Democratic Party’s leaders and membership express our deepest sympathies to Mrs. Irene Hirano Inouye, son Ken and the entire Inouye ‘ohana on the loss of Senator Daniel K. Inouye.
“Although we are at a loss for words on the passing of our beloved Senator, we have so much to celebrate. The members of the Maui County Democratic Party are truly appreciative of the Senator’s remarkable life and service to not only the people of Hawaii, but our entire country. We will take his love for Hawaii nei and his commitment for a strong and democratic nation and share it with generations to come. We send a fond aloha to our Senator on a job well done,” said Troy Hashimoto, Maui County Democratic Party Corresponding Secretary.
The Hawaii Democratic State Central Committee will submit 3 names to Gov. Abercrombie who will pick one to appoint for Sen. Inouye’s term.