Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced today that Kalauea Point Lighthouse in Kauai will be renamed after the late Senator Daniel Inouye, reports the Hawaii Reporter.
The honor recognizes the late Senator’s longtime support for the the Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.
“Senator Inouye is truly an American hero, from his courage on the battlefields of World War II to his long and distinguished career representing the people of Hawai’i the U.S. Senate,” Salazar said. “His contribution to the American people will be forever memorialized on the lighthouse that stands as a monument to Hawai’i’s colorful past.”
The Senator’s wife Irene said her husband wanted to make sure future generations enjoyed the pristine lands of Hawaii. The renaming of the lighthouse shines a light on his legacy.
“Dan’s grandparents arrived on the island of Kaua’i at the turn of the 1900’s to begin a new life,” Irene said. “It is most fitting that the Department of the Interior’s site which will bear his name is on the island where it all began.”
You can read a lot more about the contributions Senator Inouye made to Hawaii in the Hawaii Reporter.