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Center to be renamed in honor of Sen. Inouye

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:53 p.m. HST, Feb 06, 2013

 20120221-9676 CTY NOAA A blessing ceremony was held on the state of the art Marine Science and Storage Facility.  Ceremony took place near the USS Utah Memorial, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Ford Island.  Facility is second phase of NOAA's Pacific Regional Center.  It includes a 1,500 deep salt-water well for cooling needs and support of 15 marine tanks.  Four tanks are for turtles, 2 for corals, three tanks for fish, 3 for monk seals and one for a quarantine tank.  Facility will enable NOAA and scientific partners to conduct critical marine research and provide a site to rehabilitate endangered Hawaiian monk seals and various green sea turtles.  Steve Gallagher (Site Manager, Pacific Region Center), RDML Katherine Gregory (Commander, NAVFAC Pacific, Dr. Jane Lubchenco (Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere NOAA Administrator), Senator Daniel Inouye, U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono, U.S. Rep.Colleen Hanabusa and Gov. Neil Abercrombie were at the ceremony.  This is an artist rendering of the facility.  PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA.  FEB. 21, 2012.

The Pacific Regional Center, which will house Hawaii operations of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will be renamed the Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center.

The center on Ford Island will house NOAA offices for the weather service, tsunami warning center, fisheries, sanctuaries, marine operations and enforcement. Inouye, who died in December, was an advocate for the center.

“Dan would be humbled by this kind gesture and I am very pleased that he was able to work with NOAA and the U.S. Navy to build his vision. The PRC will greatly improve the interoperability of NOAA’s assets in the Pacific and will contribute to the safety and health of Hawaii’s communities and precious ecosystems,” Irene Hirano Inouye, Inouye’s widow, said in a statement.

Hawaii officials are debating whether to name other local institutions in Inouye’s honor.

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Anonymous wrote:
For all the billions of federal pork-barrel dollars he obtained for Hawaii over the years, we ought to rename the state after Senator Inouye.
on February 6,2013 | 09:31AM
shakakong wrote:
We should honor him by having a Senator Inouye Holiday here in Hawaii!!!
on February 6,2013 | 09:39AM
Wazdat wrote:
NO, too many holidays already.
on February 6,2013 | 01:08PM
inverse wrote:
This Pearl harbor building is too obscure to be of any significance. My vote is to name a new multii billion dollar nuclear attack sub that are currently being built and will be stationed at Pearl Harbor in the near future. As a Medal of Honor recipient, there really should be no opposition if the proposal is made. Yes, he was Army and the sub is Navy, but if the entire Hawaii congressional reps, with President Obama and his secretary of defense make the proposal before Obama leaves office, pretty sure no one would contest the proposal.
on February 6,2013 | 10:07AM
Bobby wrote:
The "Senator Daniel K. Inouye Honolulu International Airport" has a nice ring to it... all those arriving/leaving Honolulu daily from all of the world will always know what the beloved Senator meant to Hawaii.
on February 6,2013 | 10:58AM
Wazdat wrote:
That is a TERRIBLE airport and no one should be named after that dump.
on February 6,2013 | 01:09PM
64hoo wrote:
how about the hiram fong Honolulu international airport. he should have a lot of buildings named after him also.
on February 6,2013 | 07:03PM
silvangold wrote:
You know, "Senator Dan Day" sounds good to me too....
on February 6,2013 | 11:22AM
allie wrote:
on February 6,2013 | 12:02PM
Mythman wrote:
Are there any local facilities that incorporate a bag man?
on February 6,2013 | 01:15PM
64hoo wrote:
since they want to name other buildings after dan Inouye why not name a few for hiram fong he was big in getting pearl harbor jobs back in the 60s and 70s dan was nowhere to be found.
on February 6,2013 | 06:54PM
KeithHaugen wrote:
Maika`i kela... now how about The Daniel K. Inouye International Airport at Honolulu.??????
on February 7,2013 | 05:45AM
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