Abercrombie to be inaugurated at Iolani Palace

Hawaii's 7th Governor, Neil Abercrombie, will be sworn into today on the grounds of Iolani Palace.  Parking will be challenging so the public is asked to carpool or be dropped off at the site. Also, water jugs will be on site but residents are encouraged to bring their own cups or water bottles to avoid trash on palace grounds. Additionally, residents should be advised of the 19-gun salute that will follow the oaths of office around Noon.

Here's the full timeline of today's Inaugural ceremonies:

9:45 AM Emcee Tony Takitani

9:46 AM Niu Valley Middle School Band (20 mins)

Director Wayne Fanning

Co-Directors Kent Miyashiro & Zachary Morita

10:07 AM Emcee Tony Takitani

10:08 AM Hawai'i Youth Opera Chorus: SCELTO & Na Leo Kuho'okahi Ensembles

(20 mins) Director Nola Nahulu

10:29 AM Emcee Tony Takitani

Entrance of Hawaiian Societies (est 200 people)

10:40 AM Seating of Hawaiian Societies

10:41 AM Emcee Tony Takitani

10:42 AM Aaron Mahi/Dennis Kamakahi (20 mins)

11:03 AM Emcee Tony Takitani

11:03 AM 111th Army Band (20 mins)

Chief Warrant Officer Curtis Y. Hiyane

11:24 AM Emcee Tony Takitani

11:24 AM Honor Guards form at Palace

Royal Guards posted

11:34 AM Processional Lineup on Palace Balcony

Call to Attention – Bugle (111th Army Band) U.S. Armed Service

Posting of Colors – Drum Roll (111th Army Band) U.S. Armed Service

11:39 AM Processional of Inaugural Party leaves Palace steps

Musical Accompaniment – "Hawai'i, Hawai'i"

11:47 AM Emcee Tony Takitani

11:47 AM National Anthem (Willie K)

Pledge of Allegience (Eagle Scout Sione Finau)

Hawai'i Pono'i (Richard Ho'opi'i)

11:53 AM Emcee Tony Takitani

11:54 AM Invocation: Tom Cummings (seated on stage)

Announcement of "A New Day In Hawaii": Kealoha

11:59 AM Emcee Tony Takitani

Governor's Oath of Office

Lieutenant Governor's Oath of Office

Administered by Associate Justice James E. Duffy

12:04 PM "Ruffles & Flourishes" – 111th Army Band

19-Gun Salute to be fired by Battery A, 1st Battalion, 487th Field

Artillery, from the 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Hawaii Army National Guard.

Commanded by: Captain Carlos Hood

12:05 PM Emcee Tony Takitani

12:05 PM Remarks ] Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz

12:13 PM Emcee Tony Takitani

12:14 PM Inaugural Address ] Governor Neil Abercrombie

12:24 PM Emcee Tony Takitani

12:24 PM Hawaiian Hula Implement Medley in honor of the 3 Counties, Hawai'I,

Maui (Molokai, Lanai) and Kauai (Ni'ihau)

Beamer Solomon Halau O Po'ohala (4 mins)

"Queens Prayer"

Kumu Loea Hulali Solomon Covington, Russell Paio & Nathan Grace

12:30 PM Emcee Tony Takitani

Benediction – Reverand Bruce Nakamura of the Hilo Hongwanji Mission

12:32 PM Kokua Kalihi Valley Seniors Group "Good Luck, Good Health, God Bless


Merlita Compton, Program Director

12:34 PM Chant – Kumu Hula Leina'ala Heine

12:36 PM LDS Tongan Choir: "Hallelujah" Chorus fr Beethoven's 9th

Tevita Toafa, Choir Director

12:38 PM Emcee Tony Takitani

Retiring of Colors

US Armed Services

12:45 PM Recessional

111th Army Band – "Kalakaua March"

Emcee Tony Takitani

12:48 PM Postlude – 111th Army Band (12 mins)

Abercrombie, Schatz to attend confirmation ceremonies on neighbor islands. Gov.-Elect Neil Abercrombie and Lt. Gov.-Elect Brian Schatz will travel to all neighbor islands for confirmation ceremonies as a part of their inaugural events and pledge to include all islands in an Abercrombie/Schatz Administration. The theme of the celebrations is "E Ho`omalu O Hawai`i," which means "To Protect Hawai`i."


WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHERE: Plantation House in Pahala
CONTACT: Patti Cook, 808-937-2833

WHEN: Monday, Dec. 13, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Kuhio Hale (Hawaiian Homes Hall)
CONTACT: Patti Cook, 808-937-2833


WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 15, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Hikina a ka la Heiau, Wailua
CONTACT: Dennis Esaki, 808-652-0912
NOTES: Parking is available at Lydgate Park.


WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
WHERE: International Longshore and Warehouse Union Hall in Lanai City
CONTACT: Leticia Castillo, leticia@wave.hicv.net


WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHERE: Lahainaluna High School Football Field 980 Lahainaluna Rd.
CONTACT: Yuki Lei Sugimura, yukilei.sugimura@gmail.com


WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Kalanianaole Hall, Kalamaula
CONTACT: Beverly Pauole-Moore, mri@aloha.net
NOTES: Open to the public but seating is limited. Parking is limited at the Hall with more parking available on the highway road.