Members of the Honor Guard from the Hawaii National Guard prepare to carry U.S. Rep. Mark Takai’s casket into the Hawaii State Capitol, while Gov. David Ige and Takai’s widow, Sami, wait.
Gov. David Ige and Sami Takai lead a procession of family members into the Capitol Rotunda as the service begins.
Rep. Takai’s children, Matthew and Kaila, pass their father’s casket, followed by state Senate President Ron Kouchi.
Mourners watch the service from the Capitol’s upper floors. Hundreds filled the seats and standing room on the Rotunda floor below.
Current and former federal leaders gathered for the emotional service. From left, former Sen. Daniel Akaka, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (in her Army dress uniform), Leighton Oshima (husband of Sen. Mazie Hirono), Hirono and Sen. Brian Schatz.
U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke warmly of Takai. “It was only 18 months since he was sworn in, but he accomplished so much.”
A mourner touches the flag atop Takai’s casket in a gentle farewell.
California Congressman Mark Takano bows his head at Takai’s casket, as state Sen. Donna Mercado Kim and state Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson wait to pay their respects.
Gov. David Ige recounted his friendship with Takai. “It’s so difficult for me to accept he is no longer with us. I have truly lost a dear friend and colleague.”
State Rep. Della Au Belatti, left, and Sen. Michelle Kidani, both close friends of Takai, were among many whose emotions overflowed.
Wearing a Takai campaign shirt, Frances Espiritu kisses Takai’s casket as she and other supporters and friends say their goodbyes.
Kaila Takai wipes away tears for her father with her brother, Matthew, at her side.
Handkerchief held tightly, a mourner listens as the service draws to a close.
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