The Maui News - The Maui County Council will take up a resolution Friday urging the state Legislature and Gov. Neil Abercrombie to support naming the new Kihei high school after Maui-born U.S. Rep. Patsy Takemoto Mink.
"Patsy Mink's accomplishments in promoting educational access bring tremendous pride to the Maui County community," said Councilmember Riki Hokama. "Naming the Kihei high school in her honor will serve as a reminder to students that, with perseverance and hard work, one person can make a difference."
In 1964, Mink became the first Asian woman elected to Congress. She represented Maui County and other parts of Hawai'i in Congress from 1965 to 1977 and again from 1990 until her death in 2002. In 1972, Mink co-authored Title IX, which prohibits gender discrimination in education. Title IX was subsequently renamed the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act.