Son of Late Senator Inouye gives rare insight into personal lifeUPDATED 10:22 PM HST Jul 03, 2013Video Transcript
private life the late Senator Dan Inouye. His son Ken is in Hawaii to help initiate the Inouye Project... An agreement between the University of Hawaii and the Library of Congress to preserve the late senator's congressional papers and personal effects. KITV4s Mahealani Richardson has this exclusive interview and never seen before home video. NATS INOUYE PLAYS KEYS AND MAGGIE LAUGHS VIDEO IS CUED A touching moment between a grandfather and his only grandchild. While most people called him Senator Inouye... 3 year old Maggie called him PA or Grandpa Dan. The two bonded over the piano... Which the Senator learned how to play again with only one arm as part of his post-war rehab. GOT UP STARTED TO PLAY THE PIANO AND SHE LIGHTS UP AND SHE GOES OVER THERE AND THEN THERE WAS THIS BOND. Son Ken says his father was an involved family man... Even with his busy political life. KEN: HE TOOK ME TO MY FIRST CONCERT WHICH WAS KISS IN 1976... DESTROYER FULL MAKE UP. MAHEA: YOUR DAD WAS A KISS FAN? HELL NO ABSOLUTELY NOT. MAHEA: HE TOOK YOU AS A CHAPERONE. KEN: HE KNEW I WANTED TO GO AND NONE OF MY FRIENDS WANTED TO GO SO HE SAID PICK UP A COUPLE TICKETS AND WE'LL GO. While Senator Inouye put Oliver North on the hot seat during the Iran Contra hearings. COLONEL NORTH I'M SURE IT MUST HAVE BEEN PAINFUL FOR YOU AS YOU STATE THAT YOU LIED. Imagine the grilling teenaged Ken got when came home late. HE WOULD START OUT ARE YOU AWARE OF THE RULES OF THE HOUSE COMING HOME LATE. THEN YOU WOULD TO EXPLAIN YOURSELF. HE SAID THAT'S NOT THE QUESTION I'M ASKING. PLEASE ANSWER THE QUESTION I'M ASKING. Those early lessons taught him to succeed later on. Ken Inouys says just before his father passed... he made a promise... that he would teach little Maggie about who her grandfather was... And one day he hopes to bring her to U-H to see first hand... how the Senator worked tirelessly for Hawaii. Mahealani Richardson, KITV4 News. Ken Inouye says there a few storage rooms of political and military effects... which he hopes can be a part of the Inouye Project. He says it was cathartic for him to through everything. Since politics did not dominate the conversation at home ... He's learned many new things about how hard his father worked.