Hawaii Congressman Mark Takai took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu and its renaming in honor of the late Sen. Daniel Inouye.

Now known as the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, it is a U.S. Department of Defense regional study, conference and research center.

It supports the U.S. Pacific Command strategy of maintaining security relationships with nations in the Asia-Pacific region. With an academic emphasis, the center focuses on addressing regional security issues and concerns.

“For the last 20 years, the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies has made significant strides in educating, connecting, and empowering security practitioners,” Takai said, according to a press release from his office. “I would like to thank the Center for their leadership. I am pleased to see the APCSS renamed as the Daniel K. Inouye Center, honoring the legacy of the late senator who advocated strongly for peace and stability around the world.”

The image of the late Sen. Dan Inouye in a tribute film looms over delegates to open of the second day of the Democratic Party of Hawaii State Convention. 5.25.14©PF Bentley/Civil Beat

The image of the late Sen. Dan Inouye in a tribute film looms over delegates during the Democratic state convention in May 2014.

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