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Honolulu says aloha to Frank Fasi

Joe Migaldi Joe Migaldi
Michael Pili Pang Michael Pili Pang

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's time to say aloha. 'Get it right' and 'get it done' - those are former Honolulu Mayor Frank Fasi's signature words, and on Tuesday night, that's exactly what his colleagues and loved ones did as they prepared for his memorial service.

From morning to night, preparations have been round-the-clock for former Mayor Frank Fasi's memorial service.

"A few weeks before he passed away he said 'you have to promise me if you do my funeral, get it right'. And that's what he used to always say before, 'get it right' - and I'll get it right and it's for him. He well deserves it," said Joe Migaldi, one of the coordinators of Fasi's memorial service, which is on Wednesday.

Pictures of Fasi lined the walls of Honolulu Hale.

There were seats for about 125 of his family and close friends. A procession started the memorial service.

"The hearse will come down Punchbowl and it'll arrive here in front of Honolulu Hale," said Michael Pili Pang of the Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts.

Mr. Fasi was a U.S. Marine who served in World War II. A picture of him in uniform is among the pictures displayed. So fittingly, when the hearse arrives at the courtyard, Marines will greet the hearse, and carry the closed casket in.

The memorial service is private, but the public will be able to watch it outside.

"We're asking the guests from the public who are coming in - we have televised cameras and televised feeds on the Diamond Head lawn and they'll be able to watch the video," said Pili Pang.

After the service, the public will be invited in, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Large crowds are expected to show up, as Honolulu says goodbye to its longest serving mayor.

There will be no parking on King Street all day Wednesday.

But there will be free parking at the Alapai Bus Transit Lot from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

There are also paid state lots nearby, including on Punchbowl, Halekauwila, Queen and South Streets.

The Neal Blaisdell parking lot will also be open.

Hawaii News Now will be there.

 

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