HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By: Jon Rombaoa and Taylor Preza
The U.S. Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center on the Big Island was renamed on Wednesday in dedication to Daniel K. Inouye.
Hawaii Congress members and the senator's widow Irene were in attendance as the center was renamed as "The Senator Daniel K Inouye U.S. Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center."
Other than developing new technologies to help battle pests and improve food quality, the center focuses on managing tropical plant genetic resources, ensuring product quality and safety, and increasing economic returns.
Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi believes the center is "a simple way to say thank you to a man who loved us as much as we loved him."
The center exemplifies the kind of resources he brought to Hawaii it was also that he wanted to build a program & facilities where a lot of people can come together.
Also, on the growing list of re-named facilities is a new and improved version of Old Saddle Road which debuted last September as the "Daniel K. Inouye Highway."