PHOTOS: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Honors Congressman Mark Takai, Kicks off 2016 Na Koa Wounded Warrior Canoe Regatta
Today on Oʻahu, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard attended the remembrance ceremony honoring the late Congressman Mark Takai, who laid in state at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol. Congressman Takai is one of just a few public servants who have lain in state at the Hawaiʻi Capitol, including Governor John A Burns, U.S. Senator Spark Matsunaga, U.S. Congresswoman Patsy Mink, U.S. Senator Hiram Fong, and U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye.
Later in the day, the congresswoman met with delegates of the Japanese parliament who are part of the U.S.-Japan Legislators Friendship Association to discuss the ongoing threat of North Korea, territory challenges in the South China Sea, and the global fight to defeat terrorism. The congresswoman discussed how her work on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific is closely focused on these issues, and thanked the delegates for Japan’s continued partnership with Hawaiʻi and the United States.
The congresswoman also kicked off the 2016 Na Koa Wounded Warrior Canoe Regatta at the opening reception, and presented the 2016 Daniel K. Inouye Leadership and Community Service Award to MSGT Elizabeth Sabog and LTC (Ret) Matthew McCarville. The regatta, which will take place Saturday, is an annual event that supports and honors wounded and ill servicemembers, and Gold Star families. In her remarks, the congresswoman reflected on how Congressman Mark Takai had participated in the same event just one year ago, and talked about his lifelong commitment to service. She also recognized MSGT Sabog and Matt McCarville for their work to support and honor our warriors and their families, organize the Regatta, and for their military service.
Above and below: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard meets with delegates from the Japanese parliament
Below: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard kicks off the 2016 Na Koa Wounded Warrior Canoe Regatta at the Opening Reception
Contact: Emily Latimer, (202) 604-2330