US lawmakers honor veterans
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s Congressional delegation are honoring the state’s military veterans in ceremonies on the islands over the Memorial Day weekend.
U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz was slated to deliver the keynote speech for a Memorial Day observance at the War Memorial Natatorium near Diamondhead on Sunday morning.
The Natatorium commemorates more than 10,000 Hawaii veterans who served during World War I.
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard was slated to deliver keynote remarks Sunday morning at the Memorial Day “Roll Call of Honor” ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.
Today, Schatz will join Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell at another Memorial Day Service at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.
Gabbard will honor fallen Maui soldiers at the Makawao Veterans Cemetery Memorial Day Observance on Maui.
Mizuno assists in Philippines
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmaker John Mizuno and his wife, May Besario Mizuno, are visiting the Philippines to assist in rebuilding efforts after natural disasters last autumn.
May Besario Mizuno is the president of the Congress of Visayan Organizations. That group of Hawaii organizations is contributing funds with the Philippines charity Gawad Kalinga to build at least 20 homes in two villages.
One will be on the island of Bohol, the site of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in October. The other will be on Leyte, an island slammed by typhoon Haiyan in November.
John Mizuno, the Vice Speaker of the Hawaii House of Representatives, said in a news release that the project personal for him and his wife. They have relatives who survived the typhoon and are trying to rebuild their home.