Many thanks to dafnagreer who dug up the following:
GOVERNOR LINGLE ORDERS STATE FLAGS TO FLY AT HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF WWII HERO AND MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT SHIZUYA HAYASHI
For Immediate Release: March 27, 2008
HONOLULU – Governor Linda Lingle has ordered U.S. and state flags at all state, county and federal buildings to be flown at half-staff on Monday, March 31, 2008, from sunrise until sunset in honor of Army Private Shizuya Hayashi, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 2000 for valiant service in World War II as a member of Company A, 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team.
Before being laid to rest on Monday, Hayashi will lie in repose from 5:45 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific’s Memorial Chapel.
“Our state and our nation have been blessed by the heroism and devotion to duty that Private Hayashi exhibited during World War II and throughout his life,” said Governor Lingle. “Born to immigrant parents, Private Hayashi embodied the spirit of America’s ‘greatest generation’ and the dedication and valor of the Nisei soldiers. He inspired generations of Americans, and his legacy and that of his comrades lives on in the brave men and women who serve our country today.”
If anyone is wondering how I can be "anxious" in Maui, it's because we're leaving in a little bit to go snorkling and I'm kind of worried about it. I'll report back later. (Yeah, it's just snorkle, not SCUBA or anything, but still...)