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CITY TO DEDICATE '
AT 1 P.M., OCTOBER 6, 2007
The late Akira Sakima, who grew up on a pig farm in Kalihi Valley and went on to represent the district in the House of Representatives from 1959 to 1976, will be honored at a ceremony to rename the recreation building at Kalihi Valley District Park at 1 p.m., October 6, 2007.
Mayor Mufi Hannemann will officiate as the building is renamed the "
Also on hand will be Mr. Sakima's widow Jane, son Dr. Howard Sakima of
The center encompasses a gym, boxing facility, kitchen, complex office, recreation classrooms, and community meeting rooms.
Mayor Hannemann said, "Having grown up in Kalihi, I am very familiar with the gym, having played and coached there. I also know firsthand the good works that Akira Sakima did for Kalihi residents, many of whom were immigrant families. I take personal pleasure in honoring this great man for his contributions to his neighbors and his community."
Mr. Sakima was born October 6, 1918, in
During his legislative career, he strongly supported public education, serving as chair of the House Education and House Higher Education committees. From 1984 to 1986, he served on the Board of Education.
In 2000, the Japanese government awarded him The Order of the Sacred Treasure – Gold Rays with Rosette for his contributions to strengthening the ties between
Active in the local Okinawan community, he was selected as "Uchinanchu of the Year" in 1985 by the United Okinawan Association of Hawaii.
"I am grateful that my wife Gail and I were able to take our first visit to
Mr. Sakima was also a leader and supporter of numerous social and community groups in Kalihi. In 2000, Kalihi community organizations established the Akira Sakima Endowment Fund with the Kalihi Valley Community Foundation to endow programs for children and families in
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