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Family, friends share stories of activist’s grace, dedication

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Evelyn Lance shared a hug with Kelly Lance, a grandchild of former Lt. Gov. Jean Sadako King, Saturday before a ceremony at Kawaiaha‘o Church celebrating King’s life. The longtime legislator and advocate died Nov. 24 at age 87.
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“She had a wonderful sense of humor, she was always gracious, she was brave, and she was outspoken. She said what she believed,” said Kimi Matsuda about her longtime friend Jean King
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Jean Sadako King was Hawaii’s first female lieutenant governor and also served as a state senator and representative, but she preferred to talk about the present rather than dwell on the past, her grandson said. “When I spoke with Grandma Jean about the world, which was often, it was the world of today we discussed, and what needed to be done in our world today,”?Lanikea King said.
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Those who cared deeply for Jean King gathered Saturday at Kawaiaha‘o Church to remember and honor her many accomplishments and reflect on vignettes of her kindness, generosity and staunch advocacy for peace and justice.