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Kilauea Lighthouse on Kauai rededicated to honor Inouye

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 09:17 p.m. HST, May 04, 2013

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.

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Anonymous wrote:
This is getting out of hand, how many more memorial dedications will this state make to Daniel Inouye? The man had a long and illustrious career as a politician, but now your making him out to be a saint and a martyr or something that he was not. What your doing is aggrandizing his memory and that is not what is needed in these trying times of fiscal malfeasance by politicians, where the average citizen is still suffering from unrestrained taxation and an overabundance of user fee's by the City, State and Federal governments! We need more citizens to step up and become 'role models' for our future generations like Daniel Inouye did, but enough with the veneration and memorial's to him!
on May 5,2013 | 02:50AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Not until McKinley High School is renamed after Sen. Inouye.
on May 5,2013 | 05:48AM
hanalei395 wrote:
And the Hawaiian people would love it.
on May 5,2013 | 10:33AM
pechanga wrote:
Do NOT agree!
on May 8,2013 | 05:44AM
pechanga wrote:
on May 8,2013 | 05:44AM
Upperkula wrote:
I agree with Anonymous, Mr Inouye did his job that he was voted into office to do. But making him into a saint isno the right thing to do. Please let him and us rest already.
on May 5,2013 | 07:50AM
cojef wrote:
Grew up in Kapaa during the mid 20's until drafted into the Army 1944. Also, soon after the Pearl Harbor attack as a high school student strung barbed wire near the lighthouse. There's nothing wrong with the old name. To add Dian's name is so strange and lengthy. Like the old name better and agree with "Upperkula" why do we need to be reminded over and over who this local boy was.
on May 5,2013 | 10:14AM
pechanga wrote:
on May 8,2013 | 05:43AM
pechanga wrote:
on May 8,2013 | 05:43AM
yamaco wrote:
How come Hanabusa wasn't there
on May 5,2013 | 10:30AM
pechanga wrote:
Shame overload!
on May 8,2013 | 05:51AM
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