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Bob Nakata:

Hopefully without being immodest, I was amazed at Ming's portrait of me. It revealed a wise person of great but reserved power. I now understand why people have wanted me to step forward as a leader, why they want me to lead. My self image has been of a quiet and somewhat aloof personality whom few would be inspired to follow.

The portrait has helped me to accept myself as a leader and accept leadership as a gift from God, to be used judiciously for good. I guess that is how I have used it.

Rev. Bob Nakata is a Methodist pastor and former Hawaii State Senator who has been politically active for the people of Hawaii, especially helping poor, working, indigenous people. He lives on the windward side of Oahu.