HONOLULU – As a mark of respect for the late former state Rep. Robert Kiyoshi Fukuda, Gov. Neil Abercrombie has ordered that the National Flag and Hawaii State Flag shall be flown at half-staff at all state offices and agencies as well as the Hawaii National Guard from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, the day of his memorial service.
After graduating from the University of Hawaii, Fukuda worked as a Japanese language interpreter/translator for the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Service during World War II. For this service, he was awarded along with 6,000 Japanese-Americans the Congressional Gold Medal in 2010.
While deputy attorney general of the Territory of Hawaii from 1953 to 1959, he also served as the attorney for the Hawaiian Homes Commission and the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. In 1959, Fukuda was elected to the House of Representatives of the first Hawaii State Legislature and served for three years. Later, he served as U.S. attorney for the state from 1969 to 1973 and went on to manage the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for Hawaii and Guam from 1982 to 1986.
Fukuda died on July 12 at age 91.
“Robert led a life dedicated to helping others,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “From his service during World War II to his role in Hawaii’s transition from territory to state, Robert took it upon himself to lift others up and succeed as the State of Hawaii took shape. He set a standard for me and for all of us in public service who followed him.”
View the Governor’s proclamation here.
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