The public is invited to a memorial service for the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye in Hilo Thursday.
The service begins at 1 p.m. at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. Visitation begins at noon.
Sen. Inouye was a war hero, distinguished president pro-tempore of the United States Senate, and an effective advocate for the people of Hawaii for more than five decades.
Led by Kahu Daniel Kaniela Akaka, Jr., the service will include remembrances by State Senator Malama Solomon; former State Senator Dwight Takamine, who is Director of the State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations; Barry Taniguchi, President and CEO of KTA Super Stores; Monty Richards, Chairman of Kahua Ranch; Ka'iu Kimura, Director of the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center; and Mayor Billy Kenoi.
The Inouye family requests no flowers and no monetary gift. They request instead that donations be made to the Daniel K. Inouye Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation, 827 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu, 96813. The fund will continue to help organizations and causes that the senator championed over the years.
Memorial books will be available through Friday, Dec. 28, at the Mayor's Offices at the Hawaii County Building and the West Hawaii Civic Center. The public is invited to sign the books and remember a man who did so much for the people of Hawaii for so long. The books will be sent to the Inouye family.
The office is open weekdays from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call the Mayor's Office in Kona at 323-4444 or in Hilo at 961-8211.