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Monday, December 24, 2012

Hawaii honors Inouye, candidates lining up to replace him, Obama family vacation, Native Hawaiians more likely to get HIV/AIDS, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye lies in state at the Hawaii Capitol, (c) 2012 Arlina Agbayani
U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye was remembered Sunday at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, a soldier's goodbye with military honors for a humble man who taught so many the meaning of sacrifice. Star-Advertiser.

About a thousand people, from President Obama and members of Congress to World War II veterans and everyday citizens, gathered at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific to bid aloha to Sen. Daniel Inouye at services Sunday morning. Hawaii News Now.

They came in dark suits and dresses, royal capes and military regalia, in slippers, T-shirts and shorts, in wheelchairs and strollers. They all came, thousands of them, to say goodbye to Dan Inouye. Civil Beat.

The late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye was praised as a humble leader who embodied honor, dignity and duty during a public visitation at Hawaii’s state Capitol. Associated Press.

Sen. Akaka speaks at Inouye's Punchbowl service. KITV4.

From the President to Congressional leaders and cabinet secretaries there were a lot of dignitaries who attended the memorial but didn't speak during the service. KHON2.

From private to general and admiral, and from white-haired 442nd Regimental Combat Team veteran to the commander in chief, the loss of U.S. Sen. Daniel Ino­uye was felt through the ranks of all branches of the military at his memorial service Sunday at Punchbowl. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Democrats are moving to speed up the process to decide on three nominees to replace U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, raising the possibility that the appointed senator could be sworn-in before other new senators in early January. Associated Press.

Inouye's Last Wish Is Abercrombie's Biggest Burden. Civil Beat.

Former U.S. Rep. Ed Case said Sunday that he has applied for the appointment to replace U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye. Star-Advertiser.

It says something of a man's importance to his country that a U.S. president attended his funeral not once but twice. Civil Beat.

On their second full day of vacation on Oahu, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama paid their respects to U.S. Sen. Daniel Ino­uye, visited the grave of Obama's grandfather, then spent the afternoon hiking with their daughters in Maunawili. Star-Advertiser.

President Barack Obama and the first family arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii just after midnight Saturday morning for their fifth Hawaiian Christmas vacation since he was elected President. Hawaii Reporter.

A new study shows that Native Hawaiians are more than two and a half times more likely to be diagnosed with HIV/AIDS than Caucasians.  HIV-infected Native Hawaiians are also three times more likely to be hospitalized. Hawaii Public Radio.

Oahu

When he campaigned for mayor two years ago, Peter Carlisle pledged to get the city's finances in order and end politics as usual at Honolulu Hale. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation officials said they have completed all of the trench work for the archaeological survey along the elevate-rail mass-transit project’s entire 20-mile route. Pacific Business News.

Hawaii

The proposed reopening of East Hawaii’s Kulani prison will return more than $4.7 million to the local economy, according to state Public Safety Interim Director Ted Sakai. Tribune-Herald.

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Kekaha Kai State Park will close early on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, according to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

Term limits forcing two county councilors to eye opportunities. Maui News.

Maui County Council Members Danny Mateo and Joe Pontanilla will end their fifth and final consecutive terms as council members Jan. 2, but they won't be going far. Maui News.

Kauai

Uilani Corr-Yorkman is fulfilling a lifelong ambition to open a culturally based preschool that she says is sorely needed on Kaua‘i’s Westside. Garden Island.

The public is invited to attend a memorial service and pay their respects to Sen. Daniel K. Inouye on Friday at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall, according to a county news release. Garden Island.

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