HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Governor Linda Lingle and Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona released this statement on the occasion of Thanksgiving:
"As the holiday season approaches, we would like to offer our best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving. We are grateful that our state's rich mix of cultures and traditions cultivates a unique harmony, reflecting the countless blessings we enjoy. For the past eight years, the Lingle-Aiona Administration has been honored to serve the people of Hawaii. During our time, we remained firm in our commitment to improving the quality of life for Hawaii residents. We are pleased to have been able to initiate major upgrades to our airports, harbors, public schools, highways, state parks, hospitals and other public facilities. In Hawaii, the stunning beauty of our islands, a diverse culture which welcomes new friends and old, and the ideals of 'ohana, which tie us to this special place we call home, are among the many blessings for which we can be thankful. Let us also take a moment to express our appreciation for our men and women in uniform, serving both at home and abroad, who have volunteered to sacrifice time with their families to serve our nation and provide a warm blanket of safety for all of us. We are truly grateful to the people of Hawaii for allowing us to serve as your Governor and Lt. Governor for eight years. It is the tremendous people who make our state an exceptional place to live, work and raise a family. Best wishes and happy holidays. Aloha, Linda Lingle Governor, State of Hawaii James R. "Duke" Aiona, Jr. Lieutenant Governor, State of Hawaii."