HONOLULU (Jan. 26, 2016) — Hawaiʻi State Senator Gil Kahele was hospitalized last week for undisclosed health issues and passed away Tuesday morning.
U.S. Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (HI-D) released the following statement on the passing of State Senator Gilbert “Gil” Kahele:
“Gil Kahele served Hawaii and our country with distinction for more than 50 years, first in the U.S. Marine Corps, then as a community advocate and in elected office. I will remember Gil for his kindness and tireless work on behalf of the people of Hawaii Island and our state. Gil’s steadfast advocacy on behalf of individuals and families ensured that the resources were available to address community needs for Tropical Storm Iselle and the Puna lava flow. My thoughts and prayers are with Gil’s wife Linda and the entire Kahele ohana.”
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2) released the following statement:
“Today we lost a dedicated servant of the people. Senator Gil Kahele was born in Milolii in South Kona, graduated from Hilo High School, and selflessly served our country as a U.S. Marine. He went on to work for 33 years for the Department of Defense, finishing his service at Pohakuloa Training Area. Five years ago, he answered the governor’s call to serve the people of Hawaiʻi Island by representing them in the State Senate. He has always been known as a strong advocate for the people of Hawaiʻi Island, serving as their voice at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol, especially through times of challenge and hardship. I saw him recently in Washington, DC, where as always, he was ready with a smile, a hug, warm aloha, and a picture to post on his Facebook page. My heart is with the Kahele ʻohana, and all of Hawai’i Island. Gil, you are missed.”