Hawaii has changed the name of the Honolulu airport to honor a late senator. The Honolulu International Airport is now called the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. Daniel was considered to have played an important roll in turning the airport into a global travel hub.
Daniel was also the first elected representative from Hawaii to get a seat in Congress in 1959. In 1962 he was given a Senate seat which he held until he passed away in 2012.
Hawaii senator Ronald Kochi made a statement about the decision to make the name change.
“The inspiration…was to honor and preserve the legacy of Senator Daniel K. Inouye’s vision, understanding, and commitment to overcoming Hawaii’s unique noncontiguous and isolated geography.”
Jennifer Sabas, the director of the Daniel K. Inouye Institute responded to the honor.
“It is a fitting tribute for a public servant who spent the more than 50 years traveling between Washington, D.C., his beloved Hawaii and on occasion to the Asia Pacific region,” she said. “[He] worked to ensure that the 50th state and one of the most dependent on a robust airline and airport system, received our fair share and were treated equitably.”