HONOLULU — Acting Governor Shan Tsutsui has this statement to offer regarding U.S. Representative Mark Takai’s announcement that he will not be seeking another term.
“My heartfelt thoughts are with Congressman Mark Takai as he continues his courageous battle with cancer and I wish him a full, healthy recovery. Although I’m sorry to hear that Mark will not be seeking another term of office, I understand first and foremost that his health and well-being are his top priority. During his time in the nation’s capital, Mark ensured that Hawaii’s voice was heard on issues important to our State, particularly on issues regarding our veterans, kupuna and immigration. As his friend and former colleague at the Legislature, I’ve witnessed Mark’s dedication and commitment to his district and the people of Hawaii. As he continues to work hard and make strides in Washington, D.C., I extend my best wishes and aloha to him and his ohana. I’d also like to send him my sincerest mahalo for the sacrifices he’s made and for his service to the people of Hawaii.”