Dr. Denise Eby Konan
Dean, College of Social Sciences
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Daniel K. Inouye
Sept. 7, 1924 to Dec. 17, 2012
Senator Inouye left an indelible mark on the State of Hawai‘i and shaped America into a more tolerant and inclusive society. At the time of his passing, he was the highest-ranking Asian American politician and second-longest serving U.S. Senator, after Robert Byrd, in United States history. President pro tempore of the United States Senate from 2010, he was honored to be a recipient of both the Medal of Honor and Medal of Freedom.
Senator Inouye’s life “hinted to me what might be possible in my own life. I learned how our democracy is supposed to work. ... I might never have considered a career in public service. I might not be standing here today.”
- President Barack Obama
The Daniel K. Inouye Center for Democratic Leadership (DKI Center) is a living tribute to a man who embodied the ideals of democracy and freedom. His life, his actions and his beliefs are like the ocean waves - endless, powerful change agents that will continue to transform Hawai‘i, the nation and the world.
Like the man for whom it is named, the Center will advance public service leadership, democratic ideals, and global awareness through research fellows, communications programs, public engagement, K-12 educational programs, and exhibits, documentary, public lectures, and other programs of civic engagement.
The DKI Center is facilitated by the Daniel K. Inouye Institute Fund and is undertaken with the support and guidance of Irene Hirano Inouye, son Ken Inouye, and longtime chief of staff Jennifer Goto Sabas.
The DKI Center will be built upon a framework of seven (7) key academic programs designed to advance public understanding of U.S. history and government, public service leadership, democratic ideals and global awareness through visiting and resident experts, communications programs and exhibits, public engagement and educational programs (particularly for K-12), lectures and other civic engagement efforts. These seven programs include:
The Center will be a unit of the UH Mānoa College of Social Sciences in affiliation with the UH Mānoa Library and ‘Ulu‘ulu: Henry Ku‘ualoha Guigni Moving Image Archive of Hawai‘i at UH West O‘ahu. It will house Senator Inouye’s Congressional Papers, Center for Oral History, Inouye Fellows.
The Daniel K. Inouye Center for Democratic Leadership is envisioned as a new facility of the College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Current plans call for the housing of all seven academic programs within one building. This will maximize opportunities for interaction and synergy between the students, researchers, faculty, staff, and the visiting public.
The facility, which is slated to replace the deteriorating Henke Hall, will include: archival space for the Senator’s collections, dual reading rooms with digital access to the Library of Congress, auditorium space for public lectures and classroom use, classroom facilities, meeting rooms, multipurpose rooms, exhibition space and multimedia capability, study areas, research facilities and more.
UH Mānoa has selected Clifford Planning & Architecture LLC and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects LLP as the architectural design team for the Center. Yvonne Szeto, a partner of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, will serve as lead designer for the project and will guide the team’s efforts throughout the planning and design process.
A DKI Center Planning and Design Committee was formed to support the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in creating an appropriate venue to house, exhibit, and make available for scholarly research the congressional papers of the Senator. Ms. Irene Hirano Inouye and Ms. Jennifer Goto-Sabas serve as honorary co-chairs for the committee.
The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Library, the largest in the state with over 3.3 million volumes, acquires, organizes, preserves, and provides access to information resources vital to the learning, teaching and research mission of the university. The Library is also committed to its role beyond the campus. Its unique resources are accessible to a wide variety of researchers in Hawai‘i, the nation and around the world. These resources will provide supplemental, contextual material for researchers using the Senator Inouye Papers.
On August 21, 2013, Irene Hirano Inouye signed an agreement with UH Manoa Librarian Irene Herold to establish at the University a suitable repository for a collection of Daniel K. Inouye’s Congressional papers and other materials of significant historical value documenting his life and career.
The Congressional papers of Senator Inouye will be placed and processed in the University’s Hamilton Library until the permanent repository is available. Space has been designated for in the Archives & Manuscripts Department, a two-floor repository in the newest wing of the building with appropriate climate control and security.
Multimedia archives will be housed at ‘Ulu‘ulu: Henry Ku‘ualoha Guigni Moving Image Archive of Hawai‘i at UH West O‘ahu, which is dedicated to the care, preservation and digitization of film and videotape related to the history and culture of Hawai‘i.
Processing and digitization will be conducted under a memorandum of understanding between the Library of Congress (LOC) and UH Mānoa. UHM and LOC will develop methods to share digital access in Honolulu and Washington, D.C. and collaborate on various programs.
DKI Center Planning and Design Committee:
DKI UH Technical Advisory Committee:
In addition to the members of the UH Executive Committee identified previously, members of the Technical Advisory Committee include:
Medal of Freedom Ceremony, November 20, 2013
Inouye Gala, November 19, 2013
Daniel K. Inouye Center Architectural Design Team
Daniel K. Inouye
Architectural Design Team
High resolution images of: