Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Statement Honoring Rep. Mark Takai
Honolulu, HI—This morning, hundreds gathered at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol for a remembrance ceremony honoring Congressman Mark Takai as he lies in state. A public viewing is open at the State Capitol until 7:00pm this evening for those who wish to honor the late congressman and his family.
"Today we celebrated the life of a father, son, husband, colleague, public servant, soldier, and friend, Congressman Mark Takai. Mark touched the lives of so many people throughout his life, and in more than two decades of public service to Hawaiʻi. As a legislator in both the Hawaiʻi State Legislature and the U.S. Congress, and a soldier in the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard, we loved and respected Mark for his heart of aloha, for always fighting for the people and country he served, and for his ability to bring people together. This morning, as hundreds gathered from across our state and nation in the Hawaiʻi State Capitol, Mark's spirit of aloha was truly with each of us. His legacy of service to the people of Hawaiʻi will never be forgotten.”
Those who have previously laid in state at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol include Governor John A Burns, U.S. Senator Spark Matsunaga, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, U.S. Congresswoman Patsy Mink, and U.S. Senator Hiram Leong Fong. U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye laid in state in both the U.S. Capitol as well as in the Hawaiʻi State Capitol.