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Obama will attend Inouye's Punchbowl service

By Associated Press & Star-Advertiser

LAST UPDATED: 11:22 a.m. HST, Dec 22, 2012

White House officials say President Barack Obama will attend a weekend funeral for U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye in Honolulu.

Officials say Obama does not plan to speak at the Sunday ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Inouye died on Monday and services were held in Washington on Thursday and Friday. Obama spoke at a funeral for Inouye Friday at the National Cathedral, saying Inouye was an early inspiration to show him the possibilities in life.

About 20 members of Congress are expected to attend the funeral on Sunday.

Inouye was 88. He fought in World War II and the first Japanese-American elected to the U.S. Senate.

Heightened security measures for the memorial service will require all members of the public to undergo security screening at the Alapai Transit Center and ride buses provided there.

The memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

Punchbowl officials announced Friday that there will be only one way for the public to enter the cemetery Sunday, using bus service from the Alapai Transit Center. Handi-Vans will be available for people who have limited mobility.

People in private vehicles and walk-ins will not be allowed into Punchbowl Sunday, and there will be no shuttle service from schools or other locations.

Buses will begin departing at 7 a.m. from the Alapai Transit Center, at the corner of King and Alapai streets. People may park at the Alapai Transit Center or the Honolulu Civic Center.

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entrkn wrote:
Hope the President can help Hawaii understand how important it is to replace Senators Inouye and Akaka with new energized younger persons who will serve Hawaii best for the next 30 to 50 years... my choices are Tulsi Gabbard and Brian Schatz.
on December 22,2012 | 09:58AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
Huh? Maizie Hirono just got elected! At least give her a chance to serve out her term before you decide who should replace her.
on December 22,2012 | 11:23AM
allie wrote:
makes sense but obama won't influence the decision
on December 22,2012 | 11:25AM
gsc wrote:
What a Great President , to take time to honor a Great LEGEND !!
on December 22,2012 | 10:17AM
Anonymous wrote:
on December 22,2012 | 07:12PM
kuewa wrote:
Aloha, Senator Inouye. What a remarkable life you had, and all of us have benefited from your efforts. And,mahalo, Mr. President, for representing all of us.
on December 22,2012 | 10:56AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
It's nice that President Obama will be at Punchbowl on Sunday, but the change of plans because of his attendance means that a lot of older people won't be able to attend. The previous plans had shuttle busses run from Stevenson and other schools in addition rto the Alapai Transit Center--these plans are now cancelled. How are elderly and/or handicapped people going to get from parking dowtown to the Alapai Transit Center so they can be searched before they board the chuttle busses or handi-vans? The Alapai Transit Center is on the very edge of downtown and not close to other parking areas---it's even a long walk from parking at Blasidell Center.
on December 22,2012 | 11:28AM
environmental_lady wrote:
Lots of old-aged and handicapped people ride the buses. Just take bus #1 or #2 and you'll get to Alapai Transit Center.
on December 22,2012 | 12:20PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I hope no one at the Alapai Transit Center needs to go shi shi. Because, uh, the only rest room is reserved for bus drivers only. This situation brought to you by the folks working on that $5.3 billion Crazy Train....which will also lack rest rooms.
on December 22,2012 | 02:37PM
aomohoa wrote:
I have always been anti rail but can't there be one article without a nasty comment or by making it about rail? I am so sick of this whole rail thing. I am more concerned about the fiscal cliff right now.
on December 22,2012 | 04:38PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Fiscal cliff is a distraction. Rail is real and now and very bad. Suck it up. Get tough. Fight on! Wolverines!
on December 22,2012 | 08:39PM
tigerwarrior wrote:
He's got a one-track mind--no pun intended LOL!
on December 22,2012 | 11:34PM
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