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Large crowds expected for Honolulu services

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:37 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.

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allie wrote:
God bless you Senator!
on December 21,2012 | 07:09AM
honokai wrote:
The Bus website says public access limited to about 880. This needs to be reported. People need to know to expect to line up really, really early or to stay home. Having thousands of people show up and get turned away is not a good result.
on December 22,2012 | 02:26AM
honokai wrote:
Correction: 800 people
on December 22,2012 | 02:34AM
livealoha wrote:
Thank you for this information.
on December 22,2012 | 07:01AM
allie wrote:
i will be there!
on December 22,2012 | 08:28AM
kimo54 wrote:
As a kid in my age group (10-12 yrs old) growing up in Honolulu 1940's, it was a thrilling and fun time experience to collect election poster cards of the various politicians who were running for office in the then Territory of Hawaii. We collected these cards as though they were gold to us.. The cards were professionally printed, some with a fine, glossy finish of the politicians face, some even wearing a hat, nearly all the men (don't recall women in the running for office) in coat and tie. The cards came in various sizes (I guess one's wealth dictated the size, finish and design), although I think most sizes were around 5"x"3", As I recall the dominant color of the cards were black and white, don't ever recall any in color. The game we created with these cards was called "match" or "no match". The idea was to have the challenger position himself and stand directly in front of you, say about a yard or so apart from each other. Each person would alternate calling out their choice of the card landing on the ground "face up" "or face down", or a combination of either. Say I have the first call, and yell out "match" and both us flip our cards simultaneously, the cards land on the ground. Both cards land with faces of the person up, or showing....I win. Also,if both cards land face down (face not showing on both cards or on the blank side) I also win, because its a match. Conversely, if both cards landed with only one face showing, and the other card is blank, its a "no match"... I lose. Dan Inouye was one of many early Hawaii pioneer politicians whose faces graced those election cards that could be found at any voting booth in Honolulu. Collecting these cards as a youngster was truly a big deal, the more you collected, or won in competing with others via the "match" or "no match" competition, the more you were admired by your peers and gave you that sense of accomplishment. As an ordinary citizen looking in from afar, the one image that stuck with me was how he managed to carry out his role as a Senator and do it with distinction.....and with only one arm. When I was collecting his cards as a youngster, the only image of him that I had was he had two arms because there was very little information that I knew of that he had lost an arm in the war. And I believe most of the kids had the same belief because most of us never really got to see him in person back in those days. If you didn't listen to the radio or read the daily newspapers, which us kids rarely did back then, you were totally uninformed. He is my hero! That's my memory of Senator Dan Inouye, of Hawaii and undeniably ..... a great American.
on December 22,2012 | 08:47AM
Yoshi41 wrote:
Thank you.
on December 22,2012 | 01:10PM