Hawai‘i National Guard to deploy members to Washington, D.C.

HONOLULU — The Hawaii National Guard will send 200 troops to Washington, D.C., to help support “a peaceful transition of power,” the state’s governor said Thursday.

The Guard members will arrive before next Wednesday and will help local law enforcement, the governor’s office said in a news release.

“The Hawaii National Guard is prepared to support the effort in Washington, D.C., to ensure a peaceful transition of power and a smooth Inauguration Day following a free and fair election,” Ige said.

Maj. Gen. Kenneth Hara, the state adjutant general, said the request for help from the National Guard Bureau came Wednesday and soldiers reported the following day.

The deployment comes after a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 as members of Congress were counting Electoral College votes to validate President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. More than 100 people have been arrested in the Capitol riot, with charges ranging from curfew violations to serious federal felonies related to theft and weapons possession.

Separately, the state Department of Accounting and General Services sent lawmakers and others with offices in the Hawaii State Capitol a memo saying it would further tighten access to the building because of threats to state capitols across the country.

The steps include closing the open-air rotunda and limiting entry points for pedestrians and vehicles. The state Capitol has been closed to the public since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  1. Joe Public January 15, 2021 11:10 am Reply

    What drama!, They sure didnt react when BLM was knocking down all the monuments when they “protested” know they call it “riots” all of a sudden…weird.

    1. Uli Roth January 16, 2021 4:52 pm Reply

      The rioters you speak of from
      this past summer were right wing domestic Terrorists who infiltrated the Protesters!
      If my memory serves me right, the only murders were committed by Police, or teenagers with AR 15’s! Not like
      Trumps Privileged Terrorist Army! That’s the difference!

  2. I saw a Vampire once January 16, 2021 3:26 am Reply

    Inauguration is next Wednesday. Is Governor Ige Going to Washington D.C.? He would be joined by others as well. Considering the state of the economy and Hawai’i would would make a good dent on democracy if he would be there. I think it would do good for Hawai’i. It will show the world that Hawai’i is welcomed to be part of the union. And not a separate state as some think Hawai’i still is. They think we exist as a nation state. Very much separate but also in union with the mainland.

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