U.S. Sens. Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono were among the officials taking part in the rededication ceremony Saturday for the newly named Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse on Kauai.
Inouye had an important role in the lighthouse’s restoration and was also an energetic advocate for the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, where the lighthouse is perched.
“Dan placed a high priority in preserving pristine lands throughout Hawaii to ensure that future generations are able to enjoy what we oftentimes take for granted,” Inouye’s widow, Irene Hirano
Inouye, said in a statement. “Dan and I visited the Kilauea Point Lighthouse a few years ago and were taken by the overwhelming community support for its preservation.
It was a beautiful evening, and the success achieved is testament to what is possible when everyone pitches in.”
With more than 500,000 visitors annually, Kilauea Point is the most popular refuge in the Pacific and the fourth most visited in the nation. Thanks to the restoration effort, visitors now are able to tour the lighthouse for the first time in many years, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.