The 442nd Regimental Combat Team was the most decorated unit in the United States Army for its size and length of service, earning 87 Division commendations, 36 Army Commendation Medals, 2 Meritorious Service Plaque,  and 7 Presidential Unit Citations. “Go for Broke” was the motto of the 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd RCT.

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) occurs when a baby’s diaphragm fails to fully form, resulting in the movement of abdominal organs into the chest cavity and preventing lung growth. Raising awareness of CDH will bring about support and hope for affected families.

Thrombocytopenia-absent radius (TAR) syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that affects about one in 100,000 newborns. People affected by TAR syndrome face many challenges but can achieve their full potential and lead normal, independent lives with strength and determination.

The prevention of sexual violence requires education and a community response with acts of aloha, kindness and connection with one another—in our neighborhoods, in our workplaces, in our schools, in our places of worship, and in our homes.

Parkinson’s disease affects about ten million people worldwide—one million in the United States and thousands in the State of Hawaiʻi.

The learning, thinking and problem-solving abilities of people with autism can range from the gifted to severely challenged. Let’s promote acceptance and learn to celebrate our many differences.

Trees in our island state are a crucial part of sustainable living and our agricultural economy, providing fruits, nuts and a variety of wood-based products.

Hawai‘i is home to many unique plants. Nearly 90 percent of Hawai‘i’s native plants are found nowhere else in the world. We need to work together to protect and perpetuate the native flora of our islands.

All children have the right to grow up in a caring, stable and nurturing environment, and it is our shared kuleana to ensure that all children in Hawaiʻi can grow up healthy, ready to learn and able to thrive.

Since 1861, only 3,526 Medals of Honor have been awarded. Join me in paying tribute to those who received our nation’s highest award for valor in combat and remember their bravery, courage, sacrifice, integrity and love of country.