Aloha! Last Thursday, Hawai’i ONE members David, Kekoa, Beatrice, Alicia and Sue had an exciting meeting with Senator Dan Inouye’s Veteran Affairs, Military, Foreign Policy, and District Legislative staffers Mary Yoshioka and Barbara Sakamoto in Honolulu. We were very pleased with the warm reception we received from our Senator’s office. Ms. Yoshioka shared how she was familiar with ONE and how exciting it was to see local involvement.
Hawaiians are very proud of our Senator’s extraordinary service as a World War II combat veteran with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the outstanding medals and commendations he has received including the Purple Heart with clusters, 12 other medals and citations, and Medal of Honor. As we discussed issues of extreme poverty, life-saving U.S. investments, and how they affect the security of Hawaiians, it wasn’t surprising how Senator Inouye’s service experience was reflected through the organization, priorities, and knowledge of his staff. A page on his website reads:
Senator Inouye has been able to focus on defense matters that strengthen national security, and enhance the quality of life for military personnel and their families. This reflects his hope for a more secure world, and his desire to provide the best possible assistance to the men and women who put their lives at risk to protect the United States.
Investments in health initiatives like child immunizations and vaccinations, as well as economic development solutions through agriculture, provide the means for communities to bring themselves out of extreme poverty, resulting in more secured and stabilized countries our service men and women face around the world. I think both Ms. Yoshioka and Ms. Sakamoto were highly encouraged to see support from constituents on these issues. We discussed the Senator’s strong belief in the solid “return on investments” from programs like The Global Fund – key to millions of lives saved from preventable diseases like Malaria, TB, and HIV/AIDS.
We sincerely hope Senator Inouye continues to support these live-saving programs. Our voices grow stronger as we continue our advocacy, as ONE, at our upcoming Honolulu AIDS Walk this weekend. A Hui Hou (until we meet again).
-Alicia and Sue Lowe, ONE Hawaii Members