On May 20, he announced he would serve out the rest of his term but not seek reelection because the cancer had spread.
Prior to his election, Takai served in the Hawaii House of Representatives from 1994 to 2014, including two years as vice speaker. He leaves behind his wife, Sami, and two children.
“The Takai family thanks the people of Hawaii for their support during this difficult time … [and] politely asks for the continued respect of their family’s privacy,” his office said in a statement Wednesday.
Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) in a statement praised Takai, who served in the Army National Guard, as “an exemplary soldier, public servant, and beloved member of the House of Representatives. His love for Hawaii and the people he represented was evident every day.”
Colleagues, including Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.), honored Takai on social media: