A tribute to our senator

The renaming of the Allied Health Center at the University of Hawaii Maui College to honor the late Sen. Daniel Inouye was a very nice gesture.

A news release from the UH Board of Regents said renaming the facility the Daniel K. Inouye Allied Health Center recognized the senator “was a champion for nursing, allied health and the well-being of Hawaii residents.”

We’d like to see UH take one more step, though, in honoring the most important Hawaii figure since statehood:

The new science facility at UH-Maui should be named after Sen. Inouye. The state-of-the art facility that will be used for STEM programs (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) almost seems to be the personification of the things the senator fought for late in his career.

The facility has been named ‘Ike Le’a, which, according to a story on the facility in The Maui News, means “to see clearly.” The story went on to say that the building “contains nine separate laboratory classrooms for marine science; microbiology and biotechnology; general biology; anatomy and physiology/human biology; chemistry; astronomy; physics; electro-optics and a multipurpose laboratory that will house shared equipment and serve as a preparatory facility to set up for laboratory class material. “

Certainly, as Sen. Inouye’s efforts on the telescope, the technology park and supercomputers show, he could see clearly that STEM education was the way of the future for Hawaii.

We think the Daniel K. Inouye ‘Ike Le’a Center at UH-Maui would be a lasting and fitting tribute to our late great senator.

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