Senator Daniel K. Inouye
Daniel Ken "Dan" Inouye (September 7, 1924 – December 17, 2012) was a Medal of Honor recipient and a United States Senator from Hawaii, a member of the Democratic Party, and the President pro tempore of the United States Senate from 2010 until his death in 2012, making him the highest-ranking Asian American politician in U.S. history. Inouye was the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations.
A senator since 1963, Inouye was the most senior
U.S. senator at the time of his death. He was also the second-longest serving U.S. Senator in history
after Robert Byrd
. Inouye continuously represented Hawaii in the U.S. Congress
since it achieved statehood
in 1959 until the time of his death, serving as Hawaii's first U.S. Representative
and later a senator. Inouye was the first Japanese American
to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and later the first in the U.S. Senate. Before then, he served in the Hawaii territorial house from 1954 to 1958 and the territorial senate from 1958 to 1959. He never lost an election in 58 years as an elected official. At the time of his death, Inouye was the second-oldest sitting U.S. senator
, after Frank Lautenberg
of New Jersey. For the full article, click here.
Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku (August 24, 1890 – January 22, 1968), "The Big Kahuna", is generally regarded as the inventor of the modern sport of surfing. He was also an Olympic champion in swimming.
The name "Duke" is not a title, but a given name
. He was named after his father, Halapu Kahanamoku, who was christened "Duke" by Bernice Pauahi Bishop
in honor of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh
, who was visiting Hawaii
at the time of the elder man's birth in 1869. The younger "Duke," as eldest son, inherited the name.For the full article, click here.
Elizabeth Kaʻahumanu (March 17, 1768 – June 5, 1832) was queen regent of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi and a wife of Kamehameha I. She was the king's favorite wife and also the most politically powerful, and continued to wield considerable power in the kingdom as the kuhina nui or prime minister during the reigns of his successors.
ahumanu was born in a cave on the Hawaiian Island
in 1768. Her parents were Keʻ
eaumoku, a fugitive aliʻi
or noble from the Big Island
, and Namahana, the wife of the late king of Maui, Kamehameha Nui. Her father became an advisor and friend to Kamehameha of Hawaiʻ
i, and arranged for Kaʻ
ahumanu to marry him when she was thirteen. Kamehameha had numerous wives but Kaʻ
ahumanu would become his favorite. It was she who encouraged her husband's war of unification of Hawaiʻ
i. For the full article, click here.
Haunani Kay Trask
Haunani-Kay Trask Ph.D.
(born October 3, 1949) is a California
-born Native Hawaiian academic
. Trask is a professor
of Hawaiian Studies
with the University of Hawaii System
and has represented Native Hawaiians in the United Nations
and various other global conferences. She is a noted author
of several books of poetry
, Light in the Crevice Never Seen
, Night Is a Sharkskin Drum
and From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawaii
which is a collection of essays on the Hawaiian sovereignty movement
. Trask produced Act of War: The Overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation
, an award-winning film. She also has a public-access television program called First Friday
. For the full article, click here.
Victoria Kawekiu Lunalilo Kalaninuiahilapalapa Kaʻiulani Cleghorn
(October 16, 1875 – March 6, 1899) was heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi
and held the title of crown princess. Kaʻ
iulani became known throughout the world for her intelligence, beauty and determination. During the Overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy
, she spearheaded a campaign to restore the monarchy by speaking before the United States Congress
and pleading with U.S. Presidents Benjamin Harrison
and later Grover Cleveland
. Her life story grew to legendary proportions after her untimely death. For the full article, click here.
Bernice Pauahi Bishop
Beatrice or Bernice Pauahi Bishop (1831-12-19 – 1884-10-16) was a Hawaiian lady, a direct descendant of the royal House of Kamehameha, aliʻi, and philanthropist. She was the great-granddaughter, and became the last surviving descendant of King Kamehameha I. Her estate is the largest private landowner in the state of Hawaiʻi. The revenues from these lands are used to operate the Kamehameha Schools, which were established in 1887 according to her last will and testament.
Born in Honolulu
i Paki and princess Aliʻ
i Konia, Pauahi was raised by kuhina nui
(prime minister) Kīnaʻ
u and was later educated by Protestant missionaries
. For the full article, click here.
Governor Linda Lingle
Linda Lingle (born Linda Cutter on June 4, 1953) has been Governor of Hawaiʻi since being sworn in on December 2, 2002. She was sworn in for a second term on December 4, 2006.
Lingle holds a few distinctions: first Republican
elected governor in Hawaiʻi
in forty years since the departure of William F. Quinn
, first county mayor
elected governor in Hawaiʻ
i, first female elected governor
i, first Jewish
governor in Hawaiʻ
i; the first twice-divorced governor of Hawaiʻ
i; and the first not to have any children. During the 2004 Republican National Convention
in New York City
, Lingle served as chairwoman of the convention during the absence of permanent chairman Dennis Hastert
from the convention floor. For the full article, click here.
Israel "Bruddah Iz" Kamakawiwoʻole (May 20, 1959 – June 26, 1997) (pronounced IPA [kamakaʋiwoˈʔole]) was a musician who lived in Hawaiʻi until his death at the age of 38.
He became famous outside Hawaiʻi when his album Facing Future was released in 1993 with his medley of "Over the Rainbow" and "What a Wonderful World", which was subsequently featured in several films, television programs, and commercials.
ole was nicknamed "The Gentle Giant" by his admirers. He was described as always cheerful and positive, and he was best known for his love of the land and of the people of Hawaiʻ
i. Through his consummate ʻ
ukulele playing and incorporation of other idioms (such as jazz and reggae), Iz remains one of the major influences in Hawaiian music over the last 15 years. For the full article, click here.
Carleton Lewis Kealiʻinaniaimokuokalani Reichel (born 1962) popularly known as Kealiʻi Reichel, is a popular and bestselling singer, songwriter, choreographer, dancer, chanter, scholar, teacher, and personality from the State of Hawaiʻi. He has spent his life educating the world about Hawaiian culture through music and dance.
i (pronounced Kay-ah-LEE-ee) Reichel was born and raised on the island of Maui
. Reichel grew up in the town of Lāhainā
where he attended Lāhaināluna High School
, however he spent weekends and summers with his maternal grandmother in the plantation town of Pāʻia
. At the age of 24, Reichel was convicted of theft
, and was sentenced to community service
, which involved a study of Hawaiian culture. This marked a turning point in his life, as he decided to devote the rest of his life to the study and promotion of Hawaiian culture.
Princess Ruth Keʻelikōlani
Princess Keʻelikōlani of Hawaiʻi
Princess Ruth Keʻ
, also known as Princess Ruth
or Ruth Keʻelikōlani
), was a member of both the Kamehameha Dynasty
and Kalākaua Dynasty
, and Governor of the Island of Hawai'i
. Ruth became the largest landholder in the Kingdom of Hawai'i
, owner of lands that would later become part of the present-day Kamehameha Schools
/Bernice Pauahi Bishop Estate
as well as the estate of Sam Parker
. Princess Keʻ
elikōlani was a staunch traditionalist. For the full article, click here.
Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. (born August 4, 1961) is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office. Obama previously served as a United States Senator from Illinois, from January 2005 until he resigned after his election to the presidency in November 2008.
A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was the president of the Harvard Law Review. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. As president, Obama signed economic stimulus legislation in the form of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in February 2009 and the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 in December 2010. Other domestic policy initiatives include the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010. In foreign policy, Obama gradually withdrew combat troops from Iraq, increased troop levels in Afghanistan, and signed an arms control treaty with Russia. In October 2009, Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
For the full article, click here.
Senator Brian Schatz
Brian Emanuel Schatz (born October 20, 1972) is an American politician who is the senior United States Senator for Hawaii, in office since 2012.
Schatz served in the Hawaii House of Representatives
from 1998 to 2006, where he represented the 25th Legislative District, and was chairman of the Democratic Party of Hawaii
from 2008 to 2010. He also worked as chief executive officer of Helping Hands Hawaii, an Oahu nonprofit social service agency, until he quit to run for Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii
in the 2010 Hawaii gubernatorial election
as the running mate of Neil Abercrombie
. He served as lieutenant governor until December 26, 2012, when Abercrombie appointed him to serve out Daniel Inouye
's U.S. Senate term until the 2014 special election
. For the full article, click here.