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    Dec 24, 2012

    Hawaii Mourns The Loss Of U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye

    Thousands of people came together in Hawaii -- at the Hawaii State Capitol on Saturday and at the Punchbowl National Cemetery of the Pacific on Sunday -- to say aloha to the Senator.

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    The blowing of the -- the Native Hawaiian term for a conch shell -- signalled the start of Senator Inouye's memorial service and the procession began marching into the Hawaii State Capitol.

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    The procession led by the Royal Order of Kamehameha, who are wearing traditional feather cloaks -- called ʻahuʻula by the Native Hawaiians -- marches on a red carpet into the Hawaii State Capitol.

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    Governor Neil Abercrombie, who later spoke at the event, enters the Hawaii State Capitol.

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    Ladies wearing ʻahuʻula await the casket of Senator Inouye at the Hawaii State Capitol.

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    Inouye's coffin was carried from a hearse by six pallbearers from the Hawaii National Guard's Honor Guard to the front of the Hawaii State Capitol.

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    Thousands of people came to honor the late Senator Inouye dressed in everything from black dresses and military suits to t-shirts and shorts.

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    Saturday night's service had many important guests in attendance, including the current and former governors of Hawaii.

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    A view of the sky roof above the Hawaii State Capitol Rotunda.

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    Looking in from the outside at the thousands of people attending the memorial service for Senator Inouye on Saturday.

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    In between the speakers, the Celtic Pipes and Drums of Hawaii played "Danny Boy."

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    Senator Inouye's casket at the Hawaii State Capitol Rotunda.

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    At the end of Saturday night's services, which lasted just over an hour, people fell in line to pay their respects.

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    A Marine stands post at dawn prior to the Memorial Service for Senator Inouye at the Punchbowl National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific Sunday, December 23rd.

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    The motorcade with the hearse arrives at the Punchbowl National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific on Sunda. The service began with a 19-canon honor salute.

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    President Obama looks at a program before the farewell service for Senator Daniel Inouye begins.

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    An honor guard carries the casket of Senator Inouye at Punchbowl Cemetery. Punchbowl's Hawaiian name, Puowaina, means "Hill of Sacrifice."

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    Amy Hanaialii sings "Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī" by King Kalākaua a capella.

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    World War II veterans of the U.S. Army 422nd Regimental Combat Team attend the memorial for the late Senator Inouye.

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    Inouye volunteered for the all-Asian-American Battalion, which later fought in Europe, at a time when 120,000 Japanese-Americans were being rounded up and sent to internment camps.

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    Jennifer Sabas, Inouye's longtime chief of staff, speaks at the farewell service.

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    "Dan Inouye is Hawaii, and Hawaii is Dan Inouye," said Senator Akaka at the farewell service.

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    President Obama and Michelle sit between Inouye's son, Daniel Inouye, Jr., and the Senator's wife, Irene Inouye.

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    President Obama wipes his eye.

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    A U.S. military honor guard folds the flag over the coffin of U.S. Senator Inouye.

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    President Obama and Michelle look on from left as Irene Inouye is given the flag that was draped over her husband's casket.

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    Four F-22 Raptors from the Hawaii Air National Guard flyover the service at Punchbowl.

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