POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Dec 22, 2012
LAST UPDATED: 6:37 a.m. HST, Dec 22, 2012
Hawaii residents will have their first opportunity today to pay tribute to the state's native son.
Inouye's body is expected to arrive today and will lie in state at the state Capitol from 5 p.m. to midnight. A final service will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl at 10 a.m. Sunday.
Condolence books will be available at the Capitol service.
‘Olelo Community Media will have a live telecast of the Capitol observance from 5 p.m. to midnight today on Channel 54. It will also be streamed live at www.olelo.org.
Use of public transportation and carpooling are advised. There will be no public parking at the state Capitol, but these lots will be open:
» Lot G, 1151 Punchbowl St. (Kalanimoku Building); enter from Beretania or Punchbowl street
» Lot L, 1250 Punchbowl St. (Kinau Hale); enter from Punchbowl Street, makai-bound only
» Lot D, 465 S. King St.; enter from King or Punchbowl street
» City Civic Center at Alapai and Beretania streets
» City Joint Traffic Management Center at Beretania and Alapai streets
» Only handicapped parking will be available at Lot F, 364 S. King St. (Iolani Palace); enter from King Street, the driveway between Iolani Palace and the Hawaii State Library.
Those attending the 10 a.m. memorial service will undergo security screening at the Alapai Transit Center and ride buses provided there, cemetery officials announced Friday. The shuttles will be the only way to enter the cemetery that day. No private vehicles or walk-ins will be allowed, and there will be no shuttles to other locations.
Buses will begin departing at 7 a.m. from the transit center, at the corner of King and Alapai streets. Parking will be available at the center or the Honolulu Civic Center.
Inouye's family has asked that there be no flowers at this event, said public affairs officer Nadine Siak.
Instead, contributions can be made to the Daniel K. Inouye Fund, established at the request of the senator's widow, Irene Hirano Inouye. Contributions now or in the future can be mailed to the Daniel K. Inouye Fund, Hawai‘i Community Foundation, 827 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu, HI96813; or online at www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org.
Inouye's arrival at the final ceremony will be marked with a 19-gun cannon salute. A missing-man flyover will be conducted by F-22 Raptors from the Hawaii Air National Guard.