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Senator Inouye discussed family, experiences in one-on-one interview

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By: Rachel Wagenman

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - 88-year-old Senator Daniel K. Inouye passed away on Monday. He had spent nearly 50 years in the U.S. Senate and was the second longest serving senator.

The Senator graciously agreed to an interview with a journalism class at the University of Hawaii at Manoa earlier in 2012, a few months before he was to pass.

During what turned out to be a truly revealing interview, Senator Inouye shared his fondest memories of his days at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, including the story of how he met his first wife, Maggie Awamura, who was a teacher there while he was a student.

The senator also recounted his experiences while serving in World War II and the years after in which he returned to school at UH Manoa in order to obtain his degree in political science.

This degree would lead him down the political path that would make him the dedicated and widely respected civil servant he is today.

Senator Inouye served nine consecutive terms in the U.S. Senate and became the highest ranking Asian American politician in U.S. history.

He planned on living out the rest of his life in government, and did just that.

"I have no regrets," he said.

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