HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - If you know about Samuel King you know what a giant he was in Hawaii law, Hawaii politics and in social circles.
But if you'd never heard of the man, all you had to do was look at the crowd that gathered at St. Andrews' Cathedral to know just how well respected he was.
Leaders in island politics, judges and attorneys, dear friends and of course family gathered Wednesday afternoon to say goodbye.
King was part Hawaiian and proud of his heritage.
He served in the Navy, ran for governor in 1970 and served as a federal judge in Honolulu since 1972.
"You know what we realized the other day was that although we just loved dad and he was so great with us, we shared him with so many other people so fully. We didn't realize that until we started getting all the wonderful stories from everybody. So we appreciate that so much. It helped us a lot," King's daughter Louise Lanzilotti said.
"He was a great role model. A wonderful person. Warm and caring. A strong intelligent wise judge and he was a great role model for me and many other lawyers in the community," Hawaii Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald said.
King was a co-author of the "Broken Trust" essay and book that exposed abuses of power at Bishop Estate in the late 1990s.
King passed away earlier this month at the age of 94.
Gone, but in no way forgotten.