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Honolulu Hale to host celebration marking late Sen. Inouye’s birthday


  • Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) in his office in the Hart Senate Building in Washington in 2009. Memorials are in the works for Inouye and the late U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink.
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The city will host a celebration of the life and legacy of Daniel K. Inouye Saturday on what would have been the late U.S. senator’s 89th birthday.

 "A’ole po’ina ‘ole ia ‘oe (You will never be forgotten), Hawaii Remembers Sen. Daniel K. Inouye," will begin at 4 p.m. on the Civic Center grounds next to Honolulu Hale. 

 The senator’s widow, Irene Hirano Inouye, and his former Chief of Staff Jennifer Goto Sabas will speak. The band Hookena will perform and play Inouye’s favorite song, Kaimana Hila, with hula performed by Nani. All four Hawaii counties will pay tribute.

 A kukui nut tree on the Civic Center grounds will be dedicated in Inouye’s honor with a plaque. 

Zippy’s is donating one of the Senator’s favorite foods, chili with spam musubi. 

The event is free and open to the public. 

The celebration will be televised LIVE on ?lelo channel 49 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., hosted by Mahealani Richardson. The program will be rebroadcast on the following schedule: Sept, 27 at 8 p.m. on channel. 55; Sept. 30 at 10 p.m. on channel. 55, Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. on channel. 49, and Oct. 8 at 8 a.m. on channel. 49. 

The event is sponsored by the Honolulu Mayor’s Office on Culture and the Arts. 

Medal of Honor and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Daniel Inouye died on Dec. 17 after serving in Congress for over 54 years. He was born on Sept. 7, 1924.  

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