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Big Island Memorial Service to be Held for Inouye

December 26, 2012, 11:53 PM HST
* Updated December 27, 2:09 AM
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Hawaii County officials are inviting the public to attend a memorial service today, Dec. 27 for the late Senator Daniel Inouye.

The memorial will be held at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo. Visitations start at noon, followed by a service at 1 p.m.

The service will be led by Kahu Daniel Kaniela Akaka Jr., and will include tributes by state Sen. Malama Solomon; former state senator and director of the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Dwight Takamine; KTA President/CEO Barry Taniguchi, Kahua Ranch Chairman Monty Richards; Imiloa Astronomy Director Ka`iu Kimura, and Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi.

The family of Senator Inouye has requested no flowers or koden. Instead, donations can be made to the Daniel K. Inouye Fund at the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, 827 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu, 96813. Contributions may also be made online at HawaiiCommunityFoundation.org.

Memorial books will be available for the public to sign through Friday Dec. 28, at the mayor’s offices at the Hawai‘i County building and the West Hawai‘i Civic Center. The signed books will be sent to the Inouye family.

The mayor’s office is open weekdays from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call the mayor’s office in Hilo at 961-8211 or in Kona at 323-4444.

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