The life of U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye is filled with stories about his time in Congress, but a new documentary, screening today at Ward Warehouse, showcases personal stories told by the late senator's son.
"Senator Inouye: Told By His Son," a biographical documentary by Gloria C. Borland, is described as having an intimate edge. In the film, Daniel "Ken" Inouye, Jr. shares what it was like growing up as the senator's son and their life in Washington, D.C.
Other lesser-known stories are also part of the film, including President Lyndon B. Johnson's thoughts on making Inouye his vice president, their work on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Inouye's efforts in 1971 to lower the national voting age from 21 to 18, which came at a time when young men were allowed to be drafted but not to vote.
The screening marks what would have been Inouye's 92nd birthday. It is a fundraiser for the Hawaii Democratic Party and will run from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Kakaako Room on the second floor of Ward Warehouse. Admission is $35 and includes beef stews, cake and refreshments. Tickets are available online at www.hawaiidemocrats.org
Ken Inouye and his family will be among the guests.
Ken Inouye, son of Sen. Dan Inouye, shares stories about his father in a new documentary.
"This was an Amazing film! It was touching to see the family man Daniel K. Inouye. The filmmaker captured the warmth of his family. His son, Daniel K. Inouye Jr is a wonderful person and very affectionate in telling his father's story. The audience fell into a coziness, as we smiled and shed tears. You were happy after watching this film." - Ann Kobayashi (City Council)
"SENATOR INOUYE: TOLD BY HIS SON is a touching and entertaining look behind the scenes of the late Senator Inouye's relationship with his son. I found it to be both informative and relatable, as if I were listening to a close family member tell a story. An excellent addition to the mo'olelo of post-statehood Hawai'i"
- Sean Quinlan, Haleiwa (State House).
"The Daniel K. Inouye featured in the film is someone people have forgotten, the man who championed civil rights and civil liberties. He did this after joining his fellow Nisei soldiers to fight for the right to serve a country, he sacrificing an arm, others their life; a country that considered them enemy aliens."
- Colleen Hanabusa (US Congress)
I loved seeing the parts with LBJ!
LBJ's full court press on Humphrey, laying out all the reasons that Dan would be the perfect VP, is priceless. And to think that Dan is still a first term Senator at that point is unbelievable!
It was so special to have Ken Inouye and his family with us at the screening to share stories of his parents. The audience laughed till we cried, and when Ken started imitating his Dad in recounting funny times together, I could not help but look around to see if Dan had walked in the room!"
- Michele Matsuo, daughter of 442 vet.
"I loved film director Gloria Borland's attention to detail, to the end! The film ending with Kaimana Hina was perfect. It is the unofficial song of the 442nd. In one of the Senate re-election races, Dan Inouye's opponent claimed that he had lost touch with the constituency after years of being in DC. Dan fought back by singing Kaimana Hina in a TV ad. That was his way of saying I still know who I am, one of you all. Kaimana Hina (Diamond Head) represented the homeland that he and the others went to fight for in World Ward II."
- Allegra Matsuo Mossman, Manoa
"When I became involved with the recent Democratic Party of Hawaii's premier of this compelling film about the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye, I had not seen it and did not until the night of the program.
I must admit to tearing up several times and I came away with an even greater respect for Senator Inouye. The film is presented through the eyes and ears of his son, Daniel "Ken" Inouye Jr. Hopefully Democrats across the state and nation will be able to see this short documentary on one of Hawaii's greatest political heroes."
- Scott Foster, Kaimuki
"Gloria's film showcased Dan Inouye in his prime, as seen through the eyes of his young son Kenny. Kenny was a witty, engaging and fresh perspective for those who didn't know the Senator personally.
The film combines the generational, with Hawaii's longest-serving senator at the forefront of the hopes and struggles of the 60s with the deeply personal.
What struck me is the there are two levels of relevance to the film at the same time. We see who Senator Inouye was as a man of Hawaii, how he relates to all of us who live here. But we also see how he intersected with many Americans, from as far away as Texas and the East Coast, to shape the history of a nation." - Dylan Armstrong, Manoa
"For me, the film exemplified the true character of Senator Daniel K. Inouye, his wisdom and understanding of the needs of the people in every era served. Mahalo for allowing us to see and appreciate even more the man that Hawaii will truly miss."
- Ben Shafer, Hauula
"The documentary reintroduces Senator Daniel Inouye to the younger generation.
A young Inouye sacrificed himself to champion the nisei World War II struggles and 53 years in the US Congress for all mankind's struggles. We are a better world thanks Daniel Ken Inoue. In every endeavor he pursued with humility and personal courage. IMUA ! "
- Wendell Hosea, Honolulu
This was a short documentary film about Senator Inouye as seen through the eyes of his son. The film revealed many little known facts, including President Johnson wanted Senator Inouye to be Vice President of the United States in 1968.