The Presidential Medal of Freedom was posthumously awarded to Sen. Daniel K. Inouye today by President Barack Obama. The late Senator, who in 2000 was presented the Medal of Honor by President Bill Clinton for his service in World War II, was one of 16 honored today with what is the nation's highest civilian honor.
The Governor stated:
"The Senator gave everything in his devotion to Hawaii Nei and our nation, a fact now recognized by two United States Presidents and two of our nation's highest honors. I can think of no one more deserving of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His service was the epitome of valor and the Aloha Spirit.
"The people of Hawaii cherish Dan's legacy of courage, integrity and service, and we offer our deepest gratitude to the Inouye family."