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Schatz Statement on Former Congressman Mark Takai

HONOLULU – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) issued the following statement after attending the memorial service for former U.S. Representative Mark Takai.

“Today we say a painful goodbye to my friend, and son of Hawaii, Mark Takai.  In life Mark devoted himself to realizing his vision for a healthier, safer, and better world, and in death will be remembered for having so much more to give.

“Whether it was in the Hawaii Army National Guard, the Hawaii State Legislature, or in the U.S. Congress, Mark was a true champion for the people of Hawaii.

“We will long remember Mark for his smile, his kindness, his optimism, and the love he gave to his ohana and all he served.  Mark’s voice will forever resonate in the halls of Congress, and his memory will never fade from our hearts.  Goodbye, my friend.  May you rest in peace.”