‘A Sad Day for All of Hawaii’

WASHINGTON — Many political figures and organizations that have worked with Rep. Mark Takai (D-Hawaii) are eulogizing him following the first-term congressman’s death on July 20 at the age of 49 after battling cancer for nine months.

Following are some of the statements that have been issued.

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter:I was saddened to learn of the passing of Congressman Mark Takai. Congressman Takai served the people of Hawaii and the nation from the State Capitol in Honolulu, to the halls of Congress, to the deserts of Kuwait, where he served as an Army national guardsman. As a National Guard officer, he served with distinction for 17 years, almost to the day. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, he vigorously promoted the interests of our nation and the men and women of our military. On behalf of the department, I offer our condolences to his wife, Sami, his family and the people of Hawaii.”

Rep. Mark Takai helps Captain America (University of Hawaii Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach Jamie Smith) get ready for an interview with KITV in January.