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Senator Gilbert Kahele “Celebration of Life”

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State Senator Gilbert Kahele “Celebration of Life” 

February 2nd 2016 ~ Gilʻs Final Journey Home 

State Senator Gilbert Kahele who passed away suddenly on January 26th 2016 will be honored in a 15 minute “Celebration of Life” this Tuesday, February 2nd in front of the Hawai’i State Capitol at 9:00AM. Senator Kahele’s motorcade will travel via police escort from Nuuanu to Punchbowl and onto Beretania at 8:50AM and will stop in front of the State Capitol for 15 minutes before continuing onto Punchbowl Cemetery for a brief stop. The Senator will then travel to the airport for his final flight back to Hawai’i Island. The public is invited to attend this 15 minute celebration which will be attended by the entire State Legislature, State Capitol Staff, Governor and Lt Governor Offices, State Department Offices, State Sheriffs, Hawai’i National Guard and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. It is expected that their will be a dozen individuals performing the Kanikau (mourning chant) for Senator Kahele.


State Senator Gilbert Kahele “Celebration of Life” 

February 8th 2016 ~ An Evening of Aloha 

Senator Kahele’s “An Evening of Aloha” will be held on Monday, February 8th 2016 in Hilo, Hawai’i at the Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium. The reverend Danny Akaka Jr. will delivery the ministry followed by eulogies by Mayor Dante Carpenter, Mayor Billy Kenoi, Governor Neil Abercrombie & Governor David Ige. Music will be performed by Danny Kaleikini, Kuana Torres-Kahele, Brother Noland, Diana Aki, and others. The Kanikau will be performed by Kaumakaiwa Kanakaʻole. Col. Edward Teixeira will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. Visitation begins at 4:00PM and Senators final “Evening of Aloha” begins at 5:00PM. Dinner will be served and the entire public is invited to attend.

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Remembering State Senator Gil Kahele

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Mayor Kenoi’s Statement on the passing of Sen. Gil Kahele


Gil Kahele, state Senator, dies

tate Sen. Gil Kahele remembered as ‘steadfast’ advocate for Big Island

Hawaii Island Senator Gil Kahele dies at 73

Big Isle Sen. Gil Kahele, 73, dies

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Nov 5, 2014 Comments Off on MAHALO HILO!!! admin

HILO, Hawaiʻi ~ State Senator Gilbert Kahele won re-election Tuesday night to continue serving as Hiloʻs State Senator for Senate District One. Kahele who has served in the State Senate for four years beginning in 2010 with his appointment by Governor Neil Abercrombie will now serve a four year term beginning in January 2015. Kahele who garnered 78.9% of the vote had his largest margin of victory ever in Hilo with 11,638 votes. Senator Kahele said after last nights second printout; “I am humbled and honored that the people of Hilo have given me another opportunity to serve them for another four years. I would like to thank my opponent, Gregory Arianoff-Kobata for a spirited and clean campaign. I would like to also commend all the candidates from all three parties for participating in this years election. It is never easy to run for public office but the diverse candidates that were fielded from both the Democratic, Republican and Libertarian parties proved that democracy is still alive and there are people that are willing to step up to make Hawaiʻi a better place for our future generations. With David Ige and Shan Tsutsui looking to be the team that will lead the State and having worked with both of them, I think we can work together going forward. That relationship is really important. Finally, I would like to send a special mahalo to my hard working campaign team, the hundreds of volunteers and the dozens of unions and organizations whoʻs time and financial support made this outcome possible. Your tireless support, commitment and dedication is something I will always remember when representing the people of Hawaiʻi in the Senate”
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