Hawaii's Kenneth Brown to be honored

Published On: Mar 17 2014 10:25:55 PM HST

A son of Hawaii will be honored Thursday at a special 24-hour ceremony at the Royal Mausoleum at Mauna Ala in Nuuanu Valley.

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Kenneth Brown was an architect who helped to design more than just buildings. He was also influential in the rebuilding of Hawaiian culture, the spread of environmentalism and he helped shape the sovereignty movement.

Brown served in the state Senate as a trustee of The Queen's Medical Center as well as president of the Maritime Society. There he pushed for social and cultural programs. His decades of work made an impact on Hawaiians and non-Hawaiian alike.

"Because he was a terrific modern Hawaiian leader, he appeared and crossed gender, age, [and] ethnicity. We need the Kenny Browns of the world to come forward," said Maile Meyer, owner of Native Books.

In honor of Brown, there will be a 24-hour gathering at the Royal Mausoleum Chapel starting at noon Thursday and lasting until noon Friday. People can come to share stories, reminisce and be a part of his celebration of life.


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