FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 23, 2015
Regan Page (Hirono), (202) 577- 9184
Karen Lightfoot (Schatz), (202) 224-3934
Tim Hogan (Gabbard), (202) 225-4906
Esme M. Infante (Takai), (808) 838-9642
HAWAII DELEGATION HONORS LATE SENATOR DANIEL K. INOUYE IN COMMEMORATING THE DANIEL K. INOUYE ASIA-PACIFIC CENTER FOR SECURITY STUDIES
Washington, D.C. –Today, the Hawaii Congressional Delegation commemorated the redesignation of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies as the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. The redesignation was included in the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act and signed into law by the President in December 2014.
“I was honored to serve in Congress with Senator Inouye, and was proud to call him a friend,” said Senator Mazie K. Hirono. “His deep understanding of the strategic importance of Hawaii and the Pacific region will live on through this important part of his legacy. Additionally, Senator Inouye’s record of bettering Hawaii and our nation and the importance he placed on forging and strengthening relationships over a lifetime in public service is something we work to continue. Naming the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies after Senator Inouye is appropriate and honors him for exceptional service to our country.”
“No one understood the strategic importance of Hawai‘i to our national security better than Senator Daniel K. Inouye,” said Senator Brian Schatz. “As an early and strong supporter of the Center, he knew that Hawai‘i was key to our nation’s engagement in the Asia-Pacific region. This is a fitting tribute to Senator Inouye’s legacy of service to Hawai‘i and our country.”
“Senator Daniel Inouye was a fierce advocate for Hawaii, and a veteran dedicated to serving our country, ensuring our strong national defense,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “As a larger-than-life public servant who dedicated his life to improving the lives of others, it is a fitting memorial to re-designate the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies as the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, as a constant reminder of the vision and tenacity with which Senator Inouye served.”
“I am pleased to stand besides my fellow Congressional delegates in announcing the redesignation of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies as the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies,” said Congressman Mark Takai. “Senator Inouye was one of the major driving factors behind the creation of the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies. He recognized the pivotal role Asia would play moving forward and worked hard to establish this crucial center to forge trusting relationships within the Asia-Pacific region. Senator Inouye worked tirelessly to look after the best interests for his state and his country. This redesignation will honor the legacy, and dedication of Senator Inouye to the people of Hawaii.”
The Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies is a U.S. Department of Defense academic institute in Honolulu that analyzes regional and global security issues, fostering dialogue between military and civilian scholars and professionals from the U.S. and Asia-Pacific nations.