Public honors Inouye's passing at Hawaii Capitol

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Associated Press

Posted on December 22, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 22 at 8:03 PM

HONOLULU (AP) — After two days of services in Washington, Hawaii is saying aloha to the late Sen. Daniel Inouye (ih-NOH'-way).

Mourners, well-wishers and those simply paying respects are expected to crowd the state Capitol this evening, where Inouye will lie in state one day after being eulogized by President Barack Obama.

Obama, who arrived early today in Honolulu for his annual Christmas family vacation, said during a service at Washington's National Cathedral that Inouye's presence during the Watergate hearings helped show him what could be possible in his own life.

The 88-year-old World War II hero and federal lawmaker of more than five decades died Monday.

A public visitation will last seven hours starting with the arrival of Inouye's casket and a short ceremony at 5 p.m. Hawaii time.

Final services for Inouye will be held tomorrow at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. White House officials say Obama plans to be there.

Inouye, who lost his right arm in a battle with Germans in Italy in World War II, was the first Japanese-American elected to the Senate.

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