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Final salute for Frank Fasi

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In a white hearse that drove past City Hall, the casket carrying Frank Fasi made its final journey on the way to his resting place at the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

Fulll military honors awaited the ex-Marine.

"The military honors salute his service and sacrifice as a veteran and Captain of Marines in World War II," cemetery director Gene Castagnetti said.

A six-man honor guard escorted Fasi's coffin in a slow procession up the walkway. His wife, Joyce, his children and grandchildren followed close behind.

Family friend Joe Magaldi spoke for them.

"I think they would say our dad was the best, of course. Frank Fasi was the best, as far as I'm concerned, too," he said.

Fasi was a businessman turned politician. He served as a territorial senator and city councilman before becoming Honolulu's longest-serving mayor.

"Our lives here are better because Frank Fasi lived and because he was the mayor of Honolulu," family friend James Jones said.

Rain fell off and on during the hour-long service attended by the Fasi family and about one hundred former colleagues and friends.

"A rifle detail fired a three-gun volley, a bugler played taps, and the American flag that draped Fasi's casket was folded and presented to his family.

"It's a somber but a happy day," family friend Amy Fukunaga said. "We're just so proud of the mayor and what he's done."

Frank Fasi died on February 3. He was 89.

His burial was for the family only, a final private moment for the man who spent much of his life in the public eye.

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