"Duke was always giving. He was a giving young man. This is the ultimate gift and just to know it means something -- not only to us, to our Senate, to Hawaii, is just an honor," said Shirley DeRego, Duke's mother. "I am at a loss for words. I'm proud of this today."
In Hawaii there are 450 people who are currently waiting for an organ donation. The Department of Health says the demand is growing twice as fast as the supply.