The normally empty open-air rotunda at the Capitol was quickly filling up with people Monday morning for David Ige’s swearing-in ceremony.

The longtime state lawmaker is set to become Hawaii’s eighth elected governor at noon. 

An estimated 2,000 chairs have been set up along with a stage where Ige and his lieutenant governor, Shan Tsutsui, will take their oaths of office.

Empty chairs in the State Capitol rotunda as people rehearse and before the crowds arrive.  1 dec 2014. photograph Cory Lum

Chairs in the Hawaii Capitol rotunda are starting to fill up as people rehearse before the crowds arrive for David Ige’s inauguration ceremony Monday.

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The morning ceremony is expected to involve students from Ige’s alma mater, Pearl City High School; a procession of veterans, including the famous 442nd Regimental Combat Team who will be carrying a flag from the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye; Raiatea Helm singing the national anthem; Pomaikai Lyman and the Kahaluu Elementary School Ukulele Choir singing Hawaii Ponoi; and an invocation by the Rev. Danny Akaka Jr.

After Ige and Tsutsui are sworn in, the afternoon’s festivities are slated to include dancing that happens to represent a wide range of constituents. There will be taiko drums and shishimai lion dogs; Miss Oahu Filipina doing a bamboo dance and some flamenco; a Japanese minyo classical dance; Scottish pipes and drums (and dancing); Korean classical dancing; and of course hula.

Civil Beat will be following the action throughout the day.

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