1924 – Born on the 11th of September in Honolulu, Hawaii.
1952 – He earned a Bachelor of Education.
1966 – He obtained his Master of Education from the University of Hawaii.
1976 – He was first elected to the United States House of Representatives to represent Hawaii’s Second Congressional District.
– He won seven consecutive elections by wide margins.
1990 – He was appointed by Governor John Waihee to the U.S. Senate in April to serve temporarily after the death of Senator Spark Matsunaga and sworn into office on the 16th of May.
– He was elected to complete the remaining four years of Matsunaga’s unexpired term in November.
1994 – He was re-elected for a full six-year term.
2000 – He has sponsored legislation to afford sovereignty to native Hawaiians.
2006 – He serves on the following Senate committees: Armed Services, Energy and Natural Resources, Governmental Affairs (GAC), Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Veterans’ Affairs, Indian Affairs.
– He won the September 23rd primary against U.S. Congressman Ed Case with 54% against Case’s 46%.