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LEAP Mourns the Passing of Senator Daniel K. Inouye

Leadership Education on Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP) is deeply saddened by the death of Senator Daniel K. Inouye. A World War II veteran, Medal of Honor recipient who became Hawaii’s first Congressman and later served for nearly nine consecutive terms in the U.S. Senate. In 2010, Senator Inouye became President Pro Tempore of the U.S. Senate, third in line for the U.S Presidency, the highest ranking leadership position ever reached by an Asian American.

“While we mourn the loss of a hero and a stellar public servant, we also celebrate his remarkable life knowing that it serves as an example to younger generations of servant leadership: selflessly serving a cause greater than himself,” said Linda Akutagawa, LEAP’s President and CEO. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the people of Hawaii.”

When asked in recent days how he wanted to be remembered, the Senator said, very simply, “I represent the people of Hawaii and this nation honestly and to the best of my ability. I think I did OK.”

Aloha and rest in peace Senator Daniel K. Inouye.

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