Exclusive Hawaii News Now: Senator Daniel Inouye Legacy at UH Manoa (pt.1)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) — Senator Daniel K. Inouye's legacy lives on through priceless photos, military memorabilia, and papers tucked away in his four Washington D.C. offices for decades, until his December death.
His widow, Irene Hirano Inouye told us, "I'm sure in all the boxes and memorabilia, we're going to find a lot of wonderful treasures."
According to his longtime Chief of Staff Jennifer Sabas, "We brought home a Matson container. We still have 1300 boxes of paper still in Washington that are headed here."
Sabas shared with Hawaii News Now Inouye's Captain Bars from the 442 and a rare photo. In her words, " This is one of the few photos of him before he lost his arm and it was one of the favorites as well." Both will go on display at a Center in his honor, in the works at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
The Senator's Congressional papers are also coming home to UH Manoa in a partnership with the Library of Congress to archive this priceless piece of history.
"We're going to be accepting the Senator's papers in November. It's a treasure trove" said UH Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple. "We have the 4th floor of Hamilton for temporary storage."
Eventually they will be housed in a new building on campus. The University hopes to tear down rundown Henke Hall and put the Daniel K. Inouye Center for Democratic Leadership in its place.
Chancellor Apple explained why it's the perfect place to honor the late Senator, "It will make such a fitting cap to the end of the mall. It's right across from the East West Center as you may know, we probably have the world's most famous architect who got his start, his first major project was the East West Center."
Apple revealed exclusively to Hawaii News Now's Tannya Joaquin that legendary Architect IM Pei, who designed the East West Center with Senator Inouye in the 1950's will come full circle and design Senator Inouye's Leadership Center, across the Mall.
In a 50th anniversary video about the East West Center, Pei said it was a "novel idea" at the time, bridging East and West. He called it an opportunity for him to "go home, so to speak. I was happy to play a small role in that. Man, I enjoyed that."
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