Glenn S. Wakai is an American politician and a Democratic member of the Hawaii Senate since January 2011 representing District 15.
When his father died, Wakai decided to seek out his birth mother.
Bachelor in Broadcast Journalism and Sociology, University Southern California.
Wakai consecutively served in the Hawaii State Legislature where he served from 2003 until 2011 in the Hawaii House of Representatives District 31 seat. Glenn Wakai was given up by his teenage birth mother for adoption 47 years ago. Wakai was adopted by a Japanese-American couple in Hawaii when he was about 18 months old.
It was made out to Mitsuru Shimabukuro and had a photo of Wakai as an infant. That was one of the important factors that got the wheels turning for last year's reunion. Yoko had gone to Tokyo to become a beautician when she gave birth when she was 16.
She initially planned to raise the child herself, but her relatives strongly opposed the decision. Bitterly disappointed, she returned to Okinawa without the baby. She gave birth to a boy she named "Mitsuru," with the hope that he would have a "fulfilling" life as his name means.
2012 Wakai was unopposed for both the August 11, 2012 Democratic Primary, winning with 5,478 votes, and the November 6, 2012 General election. who had been redistricted from District 6. 2008 Wakai was unopposed for both the September 20, 2008 Democratic Primary, winning with 3,141 votes, and the November 4, 2008 General election. Glenn Wakai is President of non government organization Reach Out Pacific.