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Flags at half-staff in honor of former Sen. Hara

MEDIA RELEASE

Gov. Linda Lingle has ordered the Hawaii state flag to fly at half-staff at state and county buildings Saturday, Dec. 19, from sunrise to sunset, in honor of former state Sen. Stanley Hara, who died Dec. 1 at his Hilo home.

Hara was elected as a representative to the Hawaii Territorial Legislature in 1954 and served in the State Senate until 1980. He also worked in real estate for many years.

Hara’s son, Glenn, is a Circuit Court judge in Hilo.

Hara is survived by wife, Diane; sons, Glenn and Bradley; sisters, Sadako Tokoro, Kaneko Mikami, Gladys Mikami, Violet Chung and Mary Morisugi; and three grandchildren.

Services are set for 6 p.m. Thursday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary, with visitation from 5 p.m. Services also are planned at 11 a.m. Satruday at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo, with visitation from 9 a.m.

The family requests no flowers; aloha attire.

The text of the governor’s proclamation:

The people of Hawaii mourn the loss of Stanley I. Hara, former state senator, who passed away on Dec. 1, 2009 at the age of 86.

Senator Hara devoted his life and career to the people of our state. From 1954 to 1980, he served tirelessly in the territorial Legislature and later in the state Legislature. First elected in 1954, he served as the chair of the House Finance Committee for six years.

Appointed by former Governor John A. Burns to the state Senate in 1969, he later took on the chairmanship of the Senate education committee and the ecology, environmental and recreation committees.

A dedicated and devoted supporter of the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hara received the school’s Distinguished Alumni and Service Award in 2008. In August of 2009, a UH-Hilo student received a scholarship in Senator Hara’s name from the Two-Ten Golf Club, enabling him to pursue his dream of becoming a physician.

Senator Hara was one of the visionary leaders who helped forge the foundation of our state into what we cherish today. His broad smile, hearty laugh, quick step and signature bowties will be missed in the halls of our legislature. Our state is thankful for his service and dedication.

Hawaii is a richer place because of dedicated people like Stanley I. Hara, and he will be deeply missed by his wife, Diane; sons Judge Glenn S. Hara and Bradley S. Hara; sisters Sadako Tokoro, Kaneko Mikami, Gladys Mikami, Violet Chung and Mary Morisugi; three grandchildren; and the many people whose lives he touched.

With deep respect and gratitude, we honor the memory of  STANLEY I. HARA

THEREFORE, I, LINDA LINGLE, Governor of the State of Hawaii, do hereby order the lowering of the Hawaii State Flag to half-staff on all state and county buildings from sunrise to sunset on Dec. 19, 2009, and encourage our residents and visitors to offer their condolences to the Hara family. I further encourage the people of Hawaii to display the Hawaii flag at half-staff at their homes and businesses on that day.

DONE at the State Capitol, in the Executive Chambers, Honolulu, State of Hawaii, this fifteenth day of December 2009.

Linda Lingle

Governor, State of Hawaii

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