Statue honors legacy of former Congresswoman in place close to her heart


The legacy of former U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink was honored Thursday at the Hawaii State Library, where a life-size bronze sculpture was dedicated.

It’s located near the seating area of the library, where Mink spent much of her early career reading to her daughter.

“There’s children that go past here all the time. We use the public library. We go to see what’s across the street for Christmas. There are parades that go by. So this is a place that’s not just about education, but it’s really about family and community and what’s important,” said Pat Hamamoto, chair of the Hawaii State Foundation of Culture and the Arts.

Throughout the seating area, there are also plaques containing quotes from Mink’s political career.

Inside the library, there’s a display that offers more information about Mink.

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