After today’s swearing-in ceremony at Iolani Palace in Honolulu, one of Governor-elect Neil Abercrombie’s first actions as governor will be to visit Molokai.
Abercrombie and Brian Schatz, the incoming lieutenant governor, plan to visit all the neighbor islands over the next week-and-a-half. First stop on Wednesday: Molokai.
The trips will include a series of “confirmation ceremonies.” On Wednesday, Abercrombie will appear from 4-6 p.m. at Kalanianaole Hall in Kalamaula. Helping organize the event is Beverly Pauole-Moore, who received the Democrat’s State Chairperson award at the State Democratic Convention in May. She served as the Molokai chair for the Neil Abercrombie for Governor campaign.
The appearance will involve a Hawaiian protocol ceremony and speeches by Abercrombie and incoming Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz. A spokeswoman said Abercrombie wanted to reach out to Neighbor Island residents. The theme of the celebrations is “To Protect Hawaii.”
After Molokai, Abercrombie will be on Lanai from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the ILWU Union Hall in Lanai City; and on Maui from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the Lahainaluna High School football field. He will travel to the Big Island Dec. 12-13 and to Kauai on Dec. 15.
During the campaign, Abercrombie and Schatz visited Molokai for the Festivals of Aloha parade and celebration October 9. With his defeat of Republican James “Duke” Aiona in November, Abercombie becomes the seventh elected Hawaii governor.