A crowd of colleagues and friends gathered outside the Hawaii State Capitol this morning to say goodbye to the late state Sen. Gil Kahele of the Big Island.

A rainbow formed in the background as officers lowered the state flag to half-mast.

When the motorcade that included Kahele’s hearse arrived at the Capitol, people began a Kanikau, a mourning chant. A few minutes later the motorcade moved on to St. Andrews Cathedral and then to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Hawaii State Flag lowered to half mast for a tribute to Senator Gil Kahele at the Hawaii State Capitol

The state flag at the Capitol was lowerd to half-mast to honor Kahele.

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A second motorcade tribute was scheduled for this afternoon in Hilo.

Earlier, Hawaii U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard paid tribute to the late senator on the U.S. House Floor in Washington, D.C. Her speech, combined with video from the motocade’s Hawaii State Capitol can be seen and heard below.

A Tribute To Hawaii Senator Gilbert KaheleThe people of Hawaii paid tribute to Senator Gilbert Kahele in front of the Hawaii State Capitol this morning. Senator Tulsi Gabbard also paid tribute in Washington, D.C.

Posted by Civil Beat on Tuesday, February 2, 2016

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