20 Dec 2012

Flags flying at half mast to honour Hawaii senator

11:19 am on 20 December 2012

Flags are flying at half mast to honour Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye who died this week aged 88.

In a memorandum issued yesterday afternoon the American Samoa governor said in support of a declaration issued by President Barrack Obama he is ordering that all flags flown at public buildings and facilities in the territory shall be flown at half staff until sunset on the day of Sen, Inouye's burial.

Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin says American Samoa has lost a father, a hero and a true friend.

The congressman says Senator Inouye was greatly respected not only for his service as a Senator but also his patience and ability to work with both sides of the aisle.

Faleomavaega says Senator Inouye was a fighter for the rights of Native Hawaiians and a pioneer for all Asian and Pacific Americans.