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OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – News Release – Governor Ige, Senate President Kouchi express condolences on death of former State Rep. Dennis Yamada

Posted on Apr 16, 2020 in Latest Department News, Office of the Governor Press Releases

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige and Sen. President Ronald D. Kouchi offered their heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of former State Rep. Dennis R. Yamada, who died on Sunday, April 12, 2020 at the age of 75.

Yamada served six terms as a State Representative from Kaua‘i, starting in 1970 through 1982, serving as chair of the House Consumer Protection & Commerce Committee from 1972 through 1978. He also served as chair of the House Judiciary Committee from 1978 through 1980, and House Majority Leader from 1980 through 1982.

“Dawn and I join the community in mourning the loss of former Rep. Yamada. We thank him for the years he dedicated to proudly serving the people of Kaua‘i and our state,” said Gov. Ige.

“The state has lost a dedicated public servant who tried to steer public policy to positively affect the people of Hawaiʻi – through his leadership and service as a state representative, University of Hawaiʻi Regent, and Chair of the Public Utilities Commission,” said Sen. Kouchi.

Gov. Ige will issue a flag order for the day of Yamada’s memorial service, which has not yet been confirmed.



Media Contacts:

Jodi Leong
Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary
Office of the Governor
Office: 808-586-0043
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Cindy McMillan
Communications Director
Office of the Governor
Office: 808-586-0012
[email protected]