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Spark Masayuki Matsunaga, American senator. Bar: Hawaii 1952. Decorated Bronze Star with valor clasp, Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster.


Matsunaga, Spark Masayuki was born on October 8, 1916 in Kauai, Hawaii, United States. Son of Kingoro and Chiyono (Fukushima) Matsunaga.


Bachelor of Education with honors, University Hawaii, 1941. Juris Doctor, Harvard University, 1951. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Soochow University, 1973.

Honorary Doctor of Laws, St. John's University, 1977. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Eastern Illinois University, 1978. Honorary Doctor of Laws, University Maryland, 1979.

H.L.D., Lincoln University, 1979.


Veterans counsellor, unites states department Interior, 1945-1947;chief priority claimants division, War Assets Administration, 1947-1948;assistant public prosecuting, City and County of Honolulu, 1952-1954;practice law, Honolulu, 1954-1962;member, Hawaii House of Representatives, 1954-1959;majority leader, Hawaii House of Representatives, 1959;member United States House Representatives, 88th-94th Congressesmember, Rules, Aging, Steering and Policy committeesdeputy majority whip. United States senator from Hawaii, 1976-1990;member, Finance, Energy and Natural Resources, Veterans' Affairs committeeschief deputy whip., Finance, Energy and Natural Resources, Veterans' Affairs committees. Member Hawaii statehood delegations to Congress, 1950, 54, Pacific War Memorial Commission, 1959-1962.

Advising committee Honolulu Redevelopment Agency, 1953-1954.


  • Bar: Hawaii 1952.


Chairman board Kaimuki Young Men’s Christian Association. President Naturalization Encouragement Association Honolulu. Board directors World Brotherhood.

Society Crippled Children and Adults, Honolulu Council Social Agencies Served from Second lieutenant to captain, infantry Army of the United States, 1941-1945. Retired lieutenant colonel Judge Advocate General Corps 1969. Member American Bar Association, Hawaii Bar Association, DAV, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Japan-American Society, University Hawaii Alumni Association Clubs: Lions (Honolulu), 100 (Honolulu).


Married Helene Hatsumi Tokunaga, August 6, 1948. Children: Karen (Mistress Hardman), Keene, Diane, Merle, Matthew.

Kingoro Matsunaga

Chiyono (Fukushima) Matsunaga

Helene Hatsumi Tokunaga

Karen Matsunaga (Mistress Hardman)

Keene Matsunaga

Diane Matsunaga

Merle Matsunaga

Matthew Matsunaga