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Inouye’s death seems like just yesterday

In the time arc of news, one year is akin to ancient history.

So it’s a bit jarring to realize that only one year has passed since the shocking news that Hawaii’s venerable U.S. senior senator, Daniel K. Inouye, had died.

This native son started serving as Hawaii’s representative in Congress with statehood in 1959, then worked his way up to senator and Appropriations chairman; his growing influence was symbiotic with Hawaii’s growth.

He was a true American hero, having lost his right arm in battle during World War II. His numerous awards included the Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

For a small, far-away-from-D.C. state like Hawaii, Inouye kept the 50th state on the map. On today’s first anniversary of his death, we honor his memory.

Air service from Kalaeloa looking more likely

The neighbors approve, clearing Mokulele Airlines for takeoff from Kalaeloa Airport in Leeward Oahu.

That’s exciting news for the airline, and for passengers sure to appreciate the option of flying to Maui, Lanai and Molokai from the former Barbers Point Naval Air Station, rather than fighting traffic to reach Honolulu Airport.

The Makakilo/Kapolei/Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board unanimously approved Mokulele’s plan; the airline intends to begin service next year, flying Cessna Grand Caravans that seat nine passengers.

The state Department of Transportation reserved comment on Mokulele’s proposal, calling it preliminary, but when it comes to expanding airport operations, winning over the neighbors is half the battle. So it seems like a good bet that these new flights will depart on schedule.

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