WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 13, 2014) — The Hawaii State Senate observed a moment of silence Thursday in honor of the life of Kenneth Francis Kamuokalani Brown, who passed away Feb. 12 at the age of 94.
From World War II, statehood, the rise of the Democratic Party, the growth of the tourism industry, the establishment of environmentalism, to the Hawaiian renaissance movement, Brown played a role in the events that shaped the state’s rich history.
Brown served two terms as a state senator from 1968 to 1974 and sat as the chair of the Committee on Ecology, Environment and Recreation. His tenure in the State Senate included formulating policies that guided long term economic development while taking into account environmental impact.
“The passing of Kenneth Brown is a tremendous loss to our island community,” said U.S. Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (HI-D). “Through a lifetime of service, entrepreneurship and stewardship, Kenny left an indelible mark on our state. Whether serving as a state senator, the head of his own business or a board member of some of Hawaii’s most prominent companies as well as non-profit organizations, Kenny helped shape and implement policies that benefited Hawaii families and perpetuated Native Hawaiian values.
“Through his work to improve the delivery of health care or further develop our tourism industry, Kenny understood that these efforts must be rooted in the Native Hawaiian culture. We continue to benefit from his visionary work.
“I extend my deepest sympathies to the Brown ohana.”