The Office of Public Health Studies was saddened to learn of the death of Representative K. Mark Takai, who represented Hawai‘i’s first district in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Representative Takai was an alumnus of the University of Hawai‘i School of Public Health, graduating with his Masters of Public Health in Health Education in December 1993. He was always interested in political leadership, and served in leadership positions at the University of Hawai‘i before seeking office in the Hawai‘i State Legislature and then in Congress.
As a lifelong public servant, Mark exemplified public health values of cooperation, collaboration, and empowerment. He advocated for Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and veterans, and he helped to preserve the Affordable Care Act.
The public health community recognizes his contributions and will miss him greatly. Our hearts are with his family at this difficult time.