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Flags to be flown at half-staff in remembrance of Lex Brodie

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:57 a.m. HST, Feb 02, 2013

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has ordered that all national and Hawaii flags at state offices and agencies are to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset today in remembrance of former state Board of Education member Alexander “Lex” Hofgaard Brodie.

“This Saturday, the people of Hawaii will extend a final ‘Thank you, very much’ to Lex Brodie, an iconic member of our island community,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Lex Brodie’s dedication to education, the community and small business helped to shape the state as we know it – as it grew from a territory to a state, and today continues toward greater potential. He recognized education as a means to realize that full potential.”

Brodie died Jan. 11 on Kauai at age 98. 

Brodie served from 1992 to 2003 on the BOE, often making unscheduled visits to public schools throughout the state to gain a clear picture of their most pressing issues. A former Waikiki Beach boy, he became a well-known businessman who founded Lex Brodie Tire Co. in 1961 and the Small Business Association of Hawaii (now Smart Business Hawaii) in 1976. 

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nitpikker wrote:
i think abercrommy is trying to improve his image. tho i like Lex Brodie, there are many other local people just as deserving to have had the same honor. abercrommy has been doing a lot of this type of pr lately.
on February 2,2013 | 05:26AM
LKK56 wrote:
Agree. Nothing against Lex Brodie, but if this is the case, the flag should be at half staff everyday.
on February 2,2013 | 08:15AM
Skyler wrote:
You are reading my mind, exactly. .... Scary!!
on February 2,2013 | 08:36AM
Skyler wrote:
Too much, in fact, that it has become next to meaningless. I'm surprised he didn't lower it for Barney.
on February 2,2013 | 08:40AM
Ronin006 wrote:
By what authority did Governor Abercrombie order the national flag to be flown at half-mast in remembrance of Lex Brodie or anyone else? The national flag is flown at half-mast for certain national figures or when ordered by the President of the US after tragic events. With regard to the Hawaiian state flag, there once was a protocol for flying it at half-mast, but it seems that it no longer is being followed and that Governor Abercrombie is ordering it flown at half-mast for reasons unknown but to him.
on February 2,2013 | 08:48AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Former Gov. John Waihee once ordered that on Jan. 17, 1993, 100 years after the invasion of Hawai'i by U.S. troops, on all state-owned buildings, the Amerian flag be not flown at all.
on February 2,2013 | 09:09AM
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