The people of Hawaii are invited to join governor-elect David Ige as he takes office Monday, December 1, at noon at the Hawaii State Capitol. The ceremony kicks off his statewide inauguration tour. Public events on Hawaii Island, Maui, Kauai, Lanai, and Molokai will be announced soon.
Here are the Oahu activities planned for the public. Both the inauguration ceremony and festivities are free:
Monday, December 1
Hawaii State Capitol Rotunda
- Public seating begins at 10:15 a.m. and the program starts at 11:15. The ceremony will include: Students from Pearl City High School where the governor-elect earned his diploma, Moanalua High School, where Mrs. Ige once served as a vice principal, the Hawaiian immersion public school Kula Kaiapuni O Anuenue, and Kahaluu Elementary.
- A procession by veterans of the100th Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team of the U.S. Army. The 442nd veterans will carry a flag from the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye, who served in the unit.
- Singing of the national anthem by Raiatea Helm.
- Singing of Hawaii Ponoi by Pomaikai Lyman and the Kahaluu Elementary School Ukulele Choir.
- Invocation by the Reverend Danny Akaka, Jr.
- A 19-cannon salute by the Hawaii National Guard.
At noon, Governor-elect Ige and Lieutenant Governor-elect Shan Tsutsui will take the oath of office in the Rotunda. A traditional Okinawan blessing with drums and Shishimai lion dogs in front of the Governor’s office will immediately follow the oath of office.
Hawaii State Capitol
12:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tours of the Office of the Governor.
Performances at the State Capitol by:
- Taiko drums and Shishimai lion dogs dance by HUOA.
- Bamboo dance, flamenco, and bamboo candle dance by Miss Oahu Filipina 2014.
- Japanese minyo classical dance.
- Scottish pipes and drums to be followed by Scottish country society dancing by Celtic Pipes and Drums of Hawaii and the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.
- Korean classical dancing by Halla Huhm Korean Dance Troupe 7.
- Chinese lion dance and fan dance.
- Hula halau.
12:45 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Open house for the public and entertainment.
People attending the events are encouraged to take TheBus or park in private lots near the Capitol. Street parking around the Capitol will be reserved for school buses for students attending the events and state parking lots will be closed.
Civil Defense air siren testing on Oahu has been moved to Tuesday because of the inauguration ceremony. The testing normally takes place at 11:45 a.m. the first workday of each month.
Friday, December 5
Inauguration Celebration: Honoring the Past, Charting a New Tomorrow
Hawaii Convention Center
1801 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
Entertainment and dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $75 each, $2,500 reserved table of 10
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