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4:46 p.m. Gov: ‘Live Aloha Spirit’

In remarks commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Neil Abercrombie said today, “The best thing we can do to honor the memory of 9-11 is to live the Aloha Spirit, and carry it to all the world.”

The governor will have a personal reflection on Sept. 11 published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser this Sunday.

2:50 p.m. Unsafe Maui Pedestrian Sites Identified

Check out the latest in Neighbor Island government news:

Kauai Council approves Lydgate camping

Hefty Big Isle building tax advances

Seven spots unsafe for Maui pedestrians

E-waste drop-off sites sought for Hawaii County

Kauai: Nakamura not guilty of hindering police

Kamehameha Schools’ Big Isle lawsuit delayed

Molokai health care task force considered

Student enrollment rises at Big Isle colleges

11:30 a.m. Flags at Half-Staff for 9/11

The governor has ordered all Hawaii flags at all state offices and agencies and the Hawaii National Guard to be flown at half-staff alongside U.S. flags from sunrise to sunset this Sunday.

Barack Obama has also ordered that all U.S. flags be flown at half-staff in observance of Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Djou Heads to Afghanistan

Charles Djou today sent out a message to supporters of his congressional campaign on what he says is the “final day in Hawaii before I deploy to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army to support Operation Enduring Freedom.”

Excerpt:

It is with a heavy heart that I leave Hawaii. I will especially miss my wife, Stacey, my son, Nick and my sweet girls, Tori and Alli. But, I am proud to serve my country in whatever way I can. It is a commitment I made a decade ago when I received my commission a month after 9-11, and it’s a commitment I intend to honor to the best of my ability.

Djou will not be campaigning for the 1st Congressional District during his six-months deployment, but he said he would “leave it to my wife and my very capable campaign team to communicate our message, grow our grassroots efforts, and raise the funds it takes to support a congressional campaign”:

If you can consider making a contribution of $200, $100, or even just $50 to my campaign efforts to help my team while I am away, I would deeply appreciate your support.”

The Ledge and 9/11

Kudos to Georgette Deemer for posting on the Hawaii House Blog today how lawmakers responded to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacks.

The Legislature convened from Oct. 22 to Nov. 2 that year for a special session to pass bills addressing changes to law “that would help the state’s economic recovery,” according to Deemer. “There were also resolutions expressing sympathy to the families of Hawaii residents who lost their lives in the attacks on New York, Pennsylvania, or Virginia.”

Where’s Neil?

Here’s Neil:

Salute to Hawaii’s First Responders, Tamarind Park, Bishop Street, noon to 1 p.m.

Note: Earlier today the governor gave remarks at the Hickam Patriots Remembrance at Hickam Air Force Base.


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