RESEARCH

Over his more than 50 years in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, Daniel K. Inouye amassed more than 1200 boxes of Congressional papers.  From Hawaii’s statehood, the turmoil of civil rights movement and the Vietnam War, Watergate, Iran-Contra Affair, to the modern-day Hawaii, the story of Dan Inouye is the story of the history of Hawaii and the promise of America.

DKII has embarked on an Oral History project with more than 75 friends, colleagues, staff in Hawaii or Capitol Hill, and throughout the nation and the world to help tell the story, adding context to the papers.  Also included are a sampling of scholarly works relating to Daniel K. Inouye and his legacy of leadership.

DKII has embarked on an Oral History project with stories from more than 75 friends, family, colleagues, and former staff members in Hawaii, Washington, DC, throughout our nation and the world.   These wonderful conversations help to tell the story of Dan Inouye, adding much color, emotion and context to his papers which are at the University of Hawaii's Hamilton Library.   Below is a list of the interviewees, together  with one or more snippets from their interviews.  For access to full interviews and transcripts, please send an email inquiry to info@danielkinouyeinstitute.org .

Senator Dan Akaka

Senator Daniel Akaka talks about Senator Daniel Inouye's opposition to the Iraq War.

Senator Dan Akaka

Senator Daniel Akaka talks about Senator Daniel Inouye and the Indian Affairs Committee.

Mr. Robbie Alm

Robert "Robbie" Alm talks about Senator Daniel Inouye and the separation of powers.

Ms. Haunani Apoliona

Haunani Apoliona talks about Senator Daniel Inouye and Hawaiian music.

Mr. Hiroshi Arisumi

Hiroshi Arisumi talks about Senator Daniel Inouye and the war days.

Governor George Ariyoshi

Governor George Ariyoshi talks about Senator Daniel Inouye and the 1955 Territorial Legislature.

Mr. Robert Asher

Bob Asher talks about Senator Daniel Inouye learning about the jews.

Ms. Lamela Battley

Lamela Battley talks about Senator Daniel Inouye's aquariums.

Mr. Berl Bernhard

Berl Bernhard talks about Senator Daniel Inouye and President Kennedy.

Mr. Berl Bernhard

Berl Bernhard talks about Senator Daniel Inouye and Senator Bob Dole.

Ms. Marie Blanco

Marie Blanco talks about Senator Daniel Inouye's policy of ladies wearing pants.

Mr. Peter Boylan

Peter Boylan talks about Senator Daniel Inouye's political style.

Governor Benjamin Cayetano

Governor Benjamin Cayetano talks about Senator Daniel Inouye and political diversity.

Mr. Richard Collins

Richard Collins talks about Senator Daniel Inouye's record of public service.

Mr. Tom Crowley

Tom Crowley talks about Senator Daniel Inouye and the "Golden Rule."

Mr. Tom Crowley

Tom Crowley talks the power of Senator Daniel Inouye to change his fellow senators' minds.

Mr. Lester Crown

Lester Crown describes Senator Daniel Inouye as an American hero and defender of Israel.

Ms. Margaret Cummisky

Margaret Cummisky talks about Senator Daniel Inouye receiving the congressional Medal of Honor from President Clinton.

Ms. Margaret Cummisky

Margaret Cummisky talks about how everyone always called Senator Daniel Inouye "Senator".

Ms. Margaret Cummisky

Margaret Cummisky talks about how people reacted to Senator Daniel Inouye's death.

Ms. Beadie Dawson

Beadie Dawson talks about Senator Daniel Inouye and his relationship with Native Hawaiians.

Former Congressman Norm Dicks

Former Congressman Norm Dicks talks about Senator Inouye and the Iran-Contra investigation.

Former Congressman John Dingell

Rep. John D. Dingell talks about Senator Daniel Inouye's service to Hawaii.

Mr. Walter Dods

Walter Dods talks about Senator Daniel Inouye's loyalty to his friends.

Senator Bob Dole

Senator Robert "Bob" Dole talks about his friendship with Senator Daniel Inouye.

Senator Bob Dole

Senator Robert "Bob" Dole describes Senator Daniel Inouye as one of the best Seantors.

Mr. Rufus Edmisten

Rufus Edmisten talks about taking his friends to meet Senator Daniel Inouye.

Mr. Rufus Edmisten

Rufus Edmisten describes how Senator Daniel Inouye should be remembered in 15 words.

Mr. Ralph Fujii

Ralph Fujii talks about Senator Daniel Inouye and the war days.

Mr. Guy Fujimura

Guy Fujimura talks about Senator Daniel Inouye's "personal touch".

Mrs. Alfreida Fujita

Alfreda Fujita talks about Senator Daniel Inouye and friends in Kona.

Mrs. Alfreida Fujita

Alfreda Fujita talks about Senator Daniel Inouye and his fellow war veterans.

Ms. Heather Giugni

Heather Giugni talks about her father's relationship with Senator Daniel K. Inouye.

Mr. Frank Goto

Frank Goto talks about Senator Daniel Inouye as his longtime friend.

Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa

Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa talks about Senator Daniel Inouye and the "Greatest Generation".

Mr. Lloyd Hand

Lloyd Hand talks about Senator Inouye and President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Councilman Riki Hokama

Maui Councilman Riki Hokama talks about Senator Daniel Inouye's assistance to Lana'i.

Senator Ernest "Fritz" Hollings

Senator Fritz Hollings talks about Senator Daniel Inouye's first meeting with Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn.

Senator Ernest "Fritz" Hollings

Senator Fritz Hollings talks about fundraising then and now.

Mr. Charlie Houy

Charlie Houy talks about Senator Daniel Inouye's respect for those who serve in the military.

Mr. Charlie Houy

Charlie Houy talks about Senator Daniel Inouye's bipartisan approach.

Ms. Irene Hirano Inouye

Irene Hirano Inouye talks about Senator Inouye's enthusiasm for becoming president pro tem of the Senate.

Ms. Irene Hirano Inouye

Irene Hirano Inouye talks about how people remembered how Senator Inouye helped them personally.

Ms. Irene Hirano Inouye

Irene Hirano Inouye talks about Senator Inouye's strong belief in the importance of public service.

Mr. Ken Inouye

Ken Inouye talks about Senator Daniel Inouye at his first punk rock concert.

Mr. Ken Inouye

Ken Inouye talks about Inouye family leisure time.

Ambassador Ryozo Kato

Ambassador RYOZO KATO talks about Senator Inouye and the US-Japan relationship.

Ms. Gloria Kobayashi

Gloria Kobayashi talks about how Senator Daniel Inouye would visit Café 100.

Ms. Gloria Kobayashi

Gloria Kobayashi talks about Senator Daniel Inouye's passing.

Mr. Wataru Kohashi

Wataru Kohashi talks about meeting Senator Daniel Inouye during the war.

Mr. Wataru Kohashi

Wataru Kohashi talks about Senator Daniel Inouye getting remarried.

Mr. Walter Kunitake

Walter Kunitake talks about Senator Daniel Inouye's dedication.

Mr. Walter Kunitake

Walter Kunitake talks about Senator Daniel Inouye's personality.

Judge Alfred Laureta

Alfred Laureta talks about Senator Daniel Inouye's first year in Congress.

Mr. Mitchell Maki

Mitch Maki talks about Senator Daniel Inouye as a hero of the Japanese-American Community.

Mr. Mitchell Maki

Mitch Maki talks about Senator Daniel Inouye's visit to an Internment Camp during World War II.

Mr. Fujio "Fudge" Matsuda

Fujio "Fudge" Matsuda talks about Senator Daniel Inouye and Public Service.

Mr. Fujio "Fudge" Matsuda

Fujio Matsuda talks about high school days with Senator Daniel K. Inouye.

Honorable Norman Mineta

Norm Mineta talks about Senator Daniel Inouye and Senator Bob Dole contemplating their political futures.

Mr. Russell Okata

Russell Okata talks about Senator Daniel Inouye and labor.

Mr. Bill Paty

Bill Paty talks about Senator Daniel Inouye's support for veterans.

Mr. Monty Richards

Monty Richards talks about his bond of friendship with Senator Daniel Inouye.

General Edward "Rick" Richardson (ret)

Former Adjutant General Rick Richardson talks about Senator Daniel Inouye's Harry S. Truman Award.

Mr. David Rogers

David Rogers talks about the relationship between Senator Daniel Inouye and Senator Ted Stevens.

Mr. David Rogers

David Rogers talks about how Senator Daniel Inouye should be remembered.

Mr. Emanuel (Manny) Rouvelas

Manny Rouvelas talks about Senator Daniel Inouye and Senator John McCain.

Ms. Jennifer Sabas

Jennifer Sabas talks about how Senator Daniel Inouye treated his young staff.

Ms. Jennifer Sabas

Jennifer Sabas talks about how senator Daniel Inouye would thank the staff before attending a rally.

Mr. Michael Sacco

Michael Sacco talks about Senator Daniel K. Inouye (part 1 of 2).

Mr. Michael Sacco

Michael Sacco talks about Senator Daniel K. Inouye (part 2 of 2).

Mr. Michael Sacco

Michael Sacco talks about Senator Daniel K. Inouye and the Jones Act.

Former Congresswoman Patsy Saiki

Congresswoman Pat Saiki talks about working with Senator Daniel Inouye in Congress.

Ms. Barbara Sakamoto

Barbara Sakamoto talks about Senator Daniel Inouye taking a vacation...of sorts.

Ms. Barbara Sakamoto

Barbara Sakamoto talks about Senator Inouye introducing his security detail to Zippy's Restaurant.

Mr. Ron Sakoda

Ronald Sakoda talks about Senator Daniel Inouye's humility.

Mr. Don Seki

Don Seki talks about Senator Daniel Inouye as a gutsy guy during the war.

Mr. Don Seki

Don Seki sings a song from war days with Senator Daniel Inouye.

General Eric Shinseki (ret)

Eric Shinseki talks about Senator Inouye and his close working relationship with Senator Stevens.

General Eric Shinseki (ret)

Secretary Eric Shinseki talks about Senator Daniel Inouye's strong support of military nurses.

Mr. Dale Snape

Dale Snape talks about Senator Daniel Inouye bringing his father to meet President Kennedy.

Mrs. Catherine Stevens

Catherine Stevens talks about the relationship between Senator Daniel Inouye and Senator Ted Stevens.

Mr. Hideo Pakala Takahashi

Hideo Pakala Takahashi talks about Senator Daniel Inouye and the war.

Mr. Hideo Pakala Takahashi

Hideo Pakala Takahashi talks about Senator Daniel Inouye getting injuried.

Mr. Tony Takitani

Anthony Takitani talks about Senator Daniel Inouye attempting a brain freeze.

Mrs. Laura Thompson

Laura Thompson talks about Senator Daniel Inouye and Native Hawaiians.

Mr. Richard "Dick" Trudell

Dick Trudell talks about how Sen. Inouye became Chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

Mr. Richard "Dick" Trudell

Dick Trudell talks about Senator Daniel Inouye's appreciation of Native Americans.

Mr. Ted Tsukiyama

Ted Tsukiyama talks about Senator Daniel K. Inouye's family and the River Street Church.

Mr. Ted Tsukiyama

Ted Tsukiyama talks about Senator Daniel K. Inouye and his mother.

Governor John Waihee

John Waihee talks about Senator Inouye's keynote speech at the 1968 Democratic Convention.

Mr. Jeff Watanabe

Jeff Watanabe talks about Senator Daniel Inouye and his constituents.

Ms. Sally Watanabe

Sally Watanabe talks about lighthearted moments with Senator Daniel Inouye.

Mr. Larry Weinberg

Larry Weinberg talks about Senator Daniel Inouye's understanding of Judaism.

Mr. Larry Weinberg

Larry Weinberg talks about Senator Daniel Inouye and U.S. Presidency.

Mr. Larry Weinberg

Larry Weinberg talks about Senator Daniel Inouye as a bipartian leader.

Mr. Richard West

Rick West talks about the importance of Sen. Inouye being Chair of the Committee on Indian Affairs.

Mr. Richard West

Rick West talks about Senator Inouye and the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian.

Mr. Tadao Yoshimoto

Tadao Yoshimoto talks about Senator Daniel Inouye and the war days.

Ms. Patricia Zell

Patricia Zell talks about Senator Daniel Inouye's affinity with the Native American poor.

Ms. Patricia Zell

Patricia Zell talks about Senator Daniel Inouye's views on empowering Native Americans.

 

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