Hawaii’s Senior Senator gave much to Molokai, State of Hawaii
The honorable Senator Daniel Inouye lies in state today at the Capitol Rotunda where a service is being held to honor the late Senate President Pro Tempore who died Monday at the age of 88.
Only 31 people have lain in the Capitol rotunda; the last was former President Gerald R. Ford nearly six years ago. Today’s service includes remarks from Congressional leadership preceding the laying of wreaths. A viewing in the Rotunda takes place from noon-8:00 p.m. EST. This viewing will be open to all members of the public.
Tomorrow at 9:30 a.m., Sen. Inouye will depart the Rotunda and be escorted to the Washington National Cathedral, where a public memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. EST.
On Saturday Sen. Inouye will return home to Hawaii on at Noon EST and arrive in the state just prior to 8 p.m. Hawaii time. A final public service will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at 10 a.m.
Sen. Inouye, the second-longest serving senator in U.S. history, last visited Molokai on Oct. 29 of this year when he participated in the rededication of Paschoal Hall in Kalaupapa. The senior senator from Hawaii, who has served in the upper house for 50 years, was crucial in obtaining the original funding for the stabilization and restoration of the hall in 1998.
As the longtime Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Sen. Inouye did much to bring federal funding to many worthy projects in Hawaii. These were not simply pork barrel projects designed to win reelection. He fought for efficiency within the projects he supported and never gave Hawaii a project it didn’t deserve.
On Tuesday, the Senate passed a resolution honoring Sen. Inouye for his service. It says, in part, “Senator Daniel K. Inouye served the people of the state of Hawaii for over 58 years in the Territorial House of Representatives, Territorial Senate, United States House of Representatives, and United States Senate
“… Whereas, Senator Daniel K. Inouye served as the President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate, Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Defense, the first Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs, Chairman of the Democratic Steering Committee, Chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Chairman of Rules Committee, Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Secret Military Assistance to Iran and the Nicaraguan Opposition, and Secretary of the Democratic Conference.”
Sen. Inouye received Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star, Purple Heart with cluster, and 12 other medals and citations for his service during World War II, at a time when, “Japanese Americans were being systematically discriminated against by the nation he volunteered to defend,” the resolution states.
Sen. Inouye helped expand health care options on Molokai with his support of the Molokai Community Health Center. He came to Molokai in August of 2010 to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Health Center.
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