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Remembering Sen. Daniel K. Inouye

Here are some photos I had the honor to take of the late Sen. Inouye


Posted December 18, 2012 by Ed Morita

Like many people across the state and country, I was shocked and deeply saddened by the news of Sen. Daniel K. Inouye’s death.

During the past two election cycles, I had the privilege of working on two major campaigns, Neil Abercrombie’s run for governor in 2010, and Mazie Hirono’s bid this year to fill retiring Sen. Daniel Akaka’s Senate seat. While working on the campaigns, I was able to photograph Inouye at various events.

What I remember about him was that he was serious when he had to be, but always smiling and laughing when talking with people. One moment that particularly stands out for me took place at a Hirono fundraiser held at the Honolulu Cafe. Inouye entered the cafe, shook my hand, and asked, “Where’s your hat?” Those who know me know I usually wear a pork pie hat. But that day, I had forgotten my hat at campaign headquarters. The fact that Inouye noticed that I forgot my hat blew me away. It’s one of the many moments I’ll never forget.

Here are some photos I had the honor to take of Sen. Daniel Inouye:

AFG Headquarters Visit (1 of 21)

AFG Headquarters Visit

(June 4, 2010) Neil Abercrombie shows Sen. Daniel Inouye around his campaign headquarters.

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About Ed Morita

Ed Morita spent more than a decade working as a pastry chef at some of the country's premiere resorts and restaurants, including the Halekulani Hotel, The Greenbrier Resort & Spa in West Virginia, Bay Harbor Yacht Club in Michigan and Longhi’s Restaurant in Honolulu. After a near-career-ending injury forced him out of the kitchen, he embarked on a new career as a food writer, photographer and blogger for Metromix Honolulu and Nonstop Honolulu (nonstophonolulu.com), where he now writes the Baker's Hours blog. He's also entered the realm of politics, serving as the photography captain for the Abercrombie for Governor campaign in 2010, then becoming Gov. Abercrombie's official photographer until 2012 when he became the Social Media Director for the Mazie Hirono for U.S. Senate campaign. He's excited and honored to be the official blogger for the 2012 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. You can follow Ed's adventures online at bakershours.com.

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