Mayor Kenoi mourns the passing of Sen. Daniel K. Inouye
Mayor Billy Kenoi and the people of the County of Hawai‘i mourn the passing of United States Senator Daniel K. Inouye, a war hero, distinguished president pro-tempore of the United States Senate, and an effective advocate for the people of Hawai‘i for more than five decades.
“Beyond the titles, beyond the power and the influence, what most stands out is his thoughtfulness, his kindness and how he treated everyone with respect and aloha,” Mayor Kenoi said. “I will never forget that lesson.”
Many of Hawai‘i’s leaders walked through Senator Inouye’s office – including Mayor Kenoi, who worked as an intern in Inouye’s office in the summer of 1992. “He gave me opportunity, and he supported me every step of the way,” Mayor Kenoi said. “I look to him with the same respect, honor and love that I feel for my parents.”
“Senator Inouye was a friend and a mentor to generations of public servants. He always encouraged all of us to fight for what we believe in, to stand up for what is right, and most importantly, to give everything we have to serve the people of Hawai‘i,” Mayor Kenoi said. “He taught all of us how to conduct ourselves as public servants.”
Senator Inouye was a leader who embodied the best of yesterday, who served our community the best he could every day, and who was always mindful of tomorrow, of future generations, Mayor Kenoi said.
“He was a tireless advocate for the people of Hawai‘i. Takako and I, our family, and our community are honored and privileged to have had him as a part of our lives. All our aloha to his wife Irene, his son Ken and the entire Inouye family.”
Share Your Aloha for Sen. Daniel K. Inouye at Mayor’s Offices
Mayor Billy Kenoi invites the public to share their memories, their thoughts, and their aloha for Senator Inouye. Memorial books will be available through the end of next week (Dec. 28) at the Mayor’s Offices at the Hawai‘i County Building and the West Hawai‘i Civic Center.
The public is invited to come in to sign the books and remember a man who did so much for the people of Hawai‘i for so long. At the end of next week, the books will be sent to the Inouye family.
The Mayor’s Office is open weekdays from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The offices will be open regular hours on Christmas Eve, and closed on Christmas Day. For more information, call the Mayor’s Office in Kona at 323-4444 or in Hilo at 961-8211.