Daniel K. Inouye was renowned not only for his accomplishments, but also for his humility. Though he never sought out accolades, he received many. Here is a sampling of the namings, honors, awards and scholarships that pay tribute to the senator.


Numerous honors and awards on the senator's behalf attest to the character, contribution and commitment of Daniel K. Inouye.

November 20, 2013

Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient White HouseUniversity of Hawai'i System NewsHawaii News Now

October 1, 2013

American Public Transportation Association's Government Official of the Year Award in Chicago

September 7, 2013

Aha Hipuu Award (which comprises the Royal Order of Kamehameha I, Na Wahine Hui O Kamehameha I, Ahahui Kaahumanu, Hale O Na Ali'i O Hawaii and Daughters and Sons of Hawaiian Warriors – Mamakakaua)

July 2, 2013

U.S. Army Pacific – Pinning of the 4th star (4th star to be known as the “Inouye Star”) – at Fort Shafter

June 14, 2013

U.S. Army’s Mana O Ke Koa Spirit of the Warrior Award Star Advertiser


The range of namings that have occurred since the senator's death pay tribute to the widespread impact of Daniel K. Inouye during his lifetime.

July 2, 2018

The largest containership ever built in the United States was christened on Saturday, June 30th, 2018.Honolulu-based ocean cargo transportation firm Matson Inc. blessed the new ship named after the state’s late U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye during a ceremony at a Philadelphia shipyard.Star AdvertiserPacific Business NewsWorld Maritime NewsMaritime Logistics ProfessionalPhoto 1Photo 2Photo 3Photo 4Photo 5

May 14, 2018

On Monday, May 14, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works celebrated the keel laying of the future USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118). The U.S. Navy named the ship in honor of Sen. Daniel Inouye, a Medal of Honor recipient for heroism during World War II. Sen. Inouye represented Hawaii in the U.S. Senate for 50 years and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.Star AdvertiserGeneral Dynamics Bath Iron WorksPhoto

October 20, 2017

Daniel K. Inouye Highway Final Phase Completed (formerly known as Saddle Road on the Big Island)Hawaii Tribune HeraldState of Hawaii Dept. of Transportation

June 3, 2017

The American Israel Education Foundation, affiliated with American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) established the the Daniel K. Inouye Symposium for Policy Experts -- an annual trip to Israel. It honors the memory and legacy of Senator Inouye. The Inaugural trip was June 3 - 11, 2017. Irene Hirano Inouye was in DC on June 12th and attended the AIPAC Board meeting where a representative of the traveling delegation shared heartwarming experiences and important diplomatic policy discussions. Irene presented a gift to commemorate the inaugural visit – a framed 1952 Israeli bond, the type Senator sold while going to law school at George Washington University -- with the request that it symbolize the annual mission and Senator’s steadfast commitment to a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. Irene Inouye Speech TranscriptVideo - Irene Inouye SpeechVideo - AIPAC

May 30, 2017

Honolulu Intl. Airport renamed Daniel K. Inouye International AirportNBC NewsHawaii News NowKHONStar Advertiser

January 12, 2017

The U.S. Institute of Peace will be naming their planned courtyard for U.S. Senators Inouye and Stevens. It will be in the center of their complex with their beautiful headquarters on one side and two buildings (under renovation) on the other sides - one named for President Clinton and the other for President Bush. Senator Spark Matsunaga advocated for peace studies under the guise that our nation should make an investment in peaceful, conflict resolution. Senators Inouye and Stevens carried it forward to the establishment of the U.S. Institute of Peace. We invest billions in war, a modest investment in peace are dollars well spent.US Institute of Peace

October 24, 2016

Former Hale Kula Elementary renamed as Daniel K. Inouye Elementary SchoolHawaii State Dept. of EducationStar AdvertiserKITVKHONHNNHawaii Army Weekly

July 20, 2016

The Daniel K. Inouye Range and Operations Center at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF)The Garden Island

February 2, 2007

Inouye Marksmanship Center at the Citadel, Charleston, South CarolinaThe CitadelThe Citadel

October 7, 2015

The DKI Asia-Pacific Center for Security StudiesPacific Business NewsVideo

July 16, 2015

Senator Daniel K. Inouye Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Center of ExcellenceDepartment of DefenseStar Advertiser

April 21, 2015

U.S. Army Reserve Daniel K. Inouye ComplexKHON2Honolulu Star-Advertiser

September 12, 2014

Senator Daniel K. Inouye Field at Fort Benning, GeorgiaFort BenningWTVMWRBL

August 20, 2014

Dedication of the Daniel Inouye Fighter Squadron Building 3428 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam KITV

August 20, 2014

"Spirit of Daniel Inouye" C-17 Dedication CeremonyU.S. Pacific Air Force newsKITV

August 19, 2014

Kauai National Tropical Botanical Garden's Daniel K. Inouye OverlookGarden Isle

July 21, 2014

Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (Maui) -- The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) have renamed the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope under construction in MauiNational Science Foundation

July 2, 2014

Daniel K. Inouye Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center in Hilo (U.S. Department of Agriculture) Hawaii News Now

May 15, 2014

Daniel K. Inouye Terrace, Smithsonian National Museum of the American IndianRoll Call

February 24, 2014

Senator Daniel K. Inouye Nursing Skills Laboratory at Chaminade UniversityChaminade

January 14, 2014

Israel to name Arrow defense missile facility site after former US Senator Daniel InouyeThe Jerusalem PostThe Jerusalem Post

December 16, 2013

NOAA’s Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center (IRC) on Ford Island

December 15, 2013

Daniel K. Inouye Allied Health Center - UH Maui College Maui Now

November 18, 2013

Daniel K. Inouye Electronics Technology Building – Kauai Comm. College Kauai Community CollegeThe Garden Island

October 29, 2013

Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

September 7, 2013

Daniel K. Inouye Highway (formerly known as Saddle Road on the Big Island) KHON2

May 11, 2013

Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy – UH Hilo

May 4, 2013

Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse (Kauai) KHON2The Garden Island

February 22, 2013

Daniel K. Inouye Center for Microbial Oceanography Research and Education – UH Manoa C-MORE

November 19, 2013

UH Picks Architectural Firms Star Advertiser

February 22, 2013

Daniel K. Inouye Center for Democratic Leadership – UH Manoa


Scholarships that honor Daniel K. Inouye reflect the senator's belief in the power of education to unlock a person's potential.

Maui Economic Development Board’s Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award

Presented to a Maui County student team that demonstrates the most innovative use of STEM tools and capabilities to serve community.

American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Emergency Medicine Senator Daniel Inouye & Cal Sia Advocacy Awards

Will provide two $1000 scholarships annually to promote development of pediatric emergency physicians with an interest in advocacy for Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC).

Japanese American Veterans Association

A $5,000 memorial scholarship honoring Sen. Daniel K. Inouye’s iconic career of public service, both in the military and in government.