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Governor offers Hawaii to host North Korean negotiations

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The waiting game continues on whether North Korea will start a war but Governor Neil Abercrombie is already thinking about keeping the peace and offering Hawaii as a place for negotiations.

"Perhaps Hawaii can offer its good offices to try and help resolve anything diplomatically," said Governor Neil Abercrombie. "Perhaps using the good offices of the East West Center for example."

Governor Abercrombie reminds us that before 9/11 Hawaii was the only place in the country ever attacked by a foreign power. But North Korea is a different scenario with a young unproven leader not afraid to open his mouth.

"The principle thing is to remain calm and not respond in kind to what could be construed as threats," said Gov. Abercrombie. "The point is not what they do or say, the point is what we do or say with what respect to what the possibilities are."

That's also what U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono said. She sits on the Armed Services Committee.

"I think that you are hearing today that we are ratcheting down the rhetoric. We are very watchful and alert. I think that is appropriate way to look at the situation," said Senator Mazie Hirono, (D) Hawaii.

The local South Korean community is speaking up planning to hold a rally next Saturday morning at the State Capitol from 9:00 - 10:00 am.

"Hopefully we can raise enough awareness so we can stop their nonsense," said Soo Park, Korea Freedom Federation Hawaii.

It's being organized by the Korea Freedom Federation Hawaii, which has been in Korea for a century, but only formed in Hawaii a little more than a year ago.

"They mostly do volunteer work and they try to spread awareness of humanity and freedom. They're against communism," said Park.

And against Kim Jung Un and not afraid to say it.

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