Schatz to seek Senate seat
HONOLULU — Hawaii Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz is applying for the U.S. Senate vacancy left by the death this week of Daniel Inouye.
Schatz, in a statement, says no one can take Inouye’s place. But he says he hopes to make the case to state Democratic party members that he should be among the three candidates to succeed Inouye.
Schatz joins U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in announcing plans to apply for the job. Inouye, in a letter to Gov. Neil Abercrombie, said his last wish was for Hanabusa to succeed him.
Abercrombie will choose Inouye’s replacement from a list of three candidates sent to him by the state Democratic party. The party’s central committee plans to meet Dec. 28. The deadline for applications is Monday.
Kenoi: Share aloha for Inouye
Mayor Billy Kenoi is inviting the public to share their memories, thoughts and aloha for the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye.
Memorial books will be available through Dec. 28 at the Mayor’s Offices at the Hawaii County Building and the West Hawaii Civic Center.
The public is invited to come in to sign the books “and remember a man who did so much for the people of Hawaii for so long,” according to a Hawaii County news release.
At the end of next week, the 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. The offices will be open regular hours on Christmas Eve, and closed on Christmas Day.
For more information, call the Mayor’s Office in Kona at 323-4444 or in Hilo at 961-8211.
Obama, Biden to speak at funeral
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will speak at today’s funeral service for Sen. Daniel Inouye.
Services for the longtime Democratic senator are scheduled for Washington National Cathedral.
His body will be returned to Hawaii on Saturday.
Fund is created in Inouye’s honor
HONOLULU (AP) — A memorial fund has been established in honor of the late-U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye.
The Hawaii Community Foundation says the Daniel K. Inouye Fund was created at the request of Inouye’s widow, Irene, and will help organizations and causes supported by Inouye. Examples of those were not provided.
Sen. Akaka seeks passage of bill
HONOLULU (AP) — Retiring Hawaii Sen. Daniel Akaka is urging his colleagues to pass legislation that would federally recognize Native Hawaiians in honor of the late-Sen. Daniel Inouye.
For years, Akaka and Inouye worked to pass the bill, which would allow for Native Hawaiians to form a federally recognized government.
Efforts to get the bill to the Senate floor for a vote have consistently been blocked. Akaka said critics have mischaracterized what the bill would do.
He says the measure is about simple justice, fairness and doing the right thing.
Akaka invoked Inouye’s name Thursday in asking his colleagues to pass the bill. Inouye was in the midst of serving his ninth term in the Senate when he died Monday.
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski also spoke in favor of the bill’s passage.
Up to 1,000 are expected at service
HONOLULU (AP) — Up to 1,000 mourners are expected at this weekend’s memorial service for the late-U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye.
Nadine Siak is a spokeswoman at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, where the service will be held. She says Sunday’s service will be a memorial with plans for a private burial by the family later.
Inouye is to lie in state at the Hawaii state Capitol in Honolulu on Saturday.
Inouye died on Monday from respiratory complications. He was 88.
Inouye will lie at the state Capitol
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie says a short program will be held when Sen. Daniel Inouye lies in state at the state Capitol this weekend.
The governor’s office said Thursday the program will begin with the arrival of the senator’s casket.
Inouye will lie in state from 5 p.m. to midnight on Saturday.
The senator’s family requests no flowers. Instead contributions may be made to the Daniel K. Inouye fund in care of the Hawaii Community Foundation.
Condolence books will be available for signing at the lying in state service Saturday and at the governor’s office today.
No public parking will be available at the state Capitol on Saturday. Parking will be available at public lots nearby.