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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.”

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.

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.

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

“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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