Her impressive list of firsts include:
- First Asian-American woman in the U.S. Senate.
- First female senator from Hawaii.
- First Buddhist senator
Outwardly, at least, breaking so many glass-ceiling was no big deal to her.
"Well, there need to be many more of us in here," she said when asked how she felt. "I am going to make sure that happens."
"She is a good friend and mentor," Hirono said of Murray. "She called me so many times during my campaign."
According to the Huffington Post, Hirono's husband, Leighton Kim Oshima, waited for her at the door of the Senate chamber, where they honored an old Hawaiian tradition.
They placed leis around each others necks in the hallway, and he hugged her tightly and congratulated her on her accomplishments.