Remembering the attacks on America of last Sept. 11, and remembering the devastation of Hurricane ‘Iniki that occurred on Sept. 11, 1992 are the focus of services set for today.
Across the state Gov. Ben Cayetano and the mayors of Hawai’i’s counties have asked Hawai’i’s residents to take part in a statewide bell ringing at 10:05 a.m. this morning followed by a moment of silence at 10:06 a.m.
An inter-faith service is set for Kaua’i Community College beginning at 11 a.m. in the KCC Performing Arts Center.
The college is collaborating with the Mayor Maryanne Kusaka, the U.S. Navy and the Office of Continuing Education at KCC on holding the program. Highlights are to include the presentation of colors by the U.S. Navy Color Guard from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, remarks by KCC Provost Peggy Cha and from Kusaka, and a prayer of remembrance featuring representatives of various faiths.
On the North Shore local churches are holding a remembrance service at the Princeville park pavilion beginning at 9:45 a.m. Organizers plan to lead the service in holding a moment of silence at 10:06 a.m., as was requested by Gov. Ben Cayetano and Mayor Maryanne Kusaka.
Other churches are planning evening services on Wednesday at various locations around the island. Kauai Bible Church in Lawai’i plans to hold a service from 7 to 8 p.m. The service will have a patriotic theme, and be a double remembrance of the attacks on America and Hurricane ‘Iniki.
In addition, Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge is waiving entrance fees today to honor those who lost their lives in the tragedy.
Elsewhere in the state, starting with Navy re-enlistments at Pearl Harbor and ending with evening services at churches and schools, Hawaii residents are marking Sept. 11, 2002, with a mix of patriotism, prayer and a very large “Aloha 9/11” spelled out by school children.
Hundreds of tourism industry leaders gathered on the eve of the terror anniversary to analyze the impact a year later, sounding a note of optimism.
After “the toughest year yet in the history of the Hawaii tourism industry,” the state is bouncing back, said Tony Guerrero, chairman of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau.