University of Hawaiʻi President M.R.C. Greenwood issued the following statement on December 17 on the passing of Senator Daniel K. Inouye:
“This was an extraordinary man with a legacy which will never be surpassed. His lifelong devotion to the university of his home land is well known. He was our most distinguished graduate and we are the grateful beneficiaries of the generosity he showed to us for decades. His longstanding support for the university and its new programs contributed immensely to the university’s international reputation and helped make it one of the premier research institutions in the nation and the world. His contributions to us can simply not be measured.”
Senator Daniel Inouye graduated from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 1950 and in 2010 established the Dan and Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals at his alma mater.
Greenwood also said, “On a personal note, our hearts go out to his family and his devoted staff and we grieve along with them. Senator Inouye was a man of great compassion and dignity. It was a privilege for me to have known him. He left his mark on the world and changed the lives of many for the better. We are grateful that he passed our way and left his legacy, and we will always be in his debt. And now we must go forward as he would have expected us to do.”