AMERICAN SAMOA GOVERNOR TO ATTEND HAWAII INAUGURATION

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By Fili Sagapolutele

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (Samoa News, Nov. 30) - Governor Togiola and First Lady Maryann will be among the dignitaries attending the inauguration ceremony for Hawai'i Gov. Linda Lingle and Lt. Gov. James R. "Duke" Aiona on Monday, Dec. 4.

The governor's office said Togiola and Mrs. Tulafono depart on tomorrow night's Hawaiian Airlines flight (that was re-scheduled from the regular Thursday flight). They are scheduled to return Dec. 7.

Lingle's spokesman Lenny Klompus said from Honolulu yesterday that Togiola has accepted the invitation. He said all governors from the states and territories were invited to the event themed, "One Ohana (family)."

Klompus estimates that around 1,000 VIPs will attend the swearing-in ceremony that's scheduled to begin at noon on Monday at the Hawai'i State Capitol Rotunda following a procession from Iolani Palace.

Hawaii Chief Justice Ronald Moon will administer the oath of office to Lingle first, then Aiona.

A press statement on Tuesday from Lingle's office says the ceremony will feature entertainment by the 111th Army Band of the Hawai'i Army National Guard, Ku'uipo Kumakahi and the Honolulu Boy Choir. A 19-gun cannon salute and military flyover will also take place.

A luncheon follows the inauguration ceremony. The pre-ceremony festivities and inauguration ceremony will be broadcast live on Gov. Lingle's Web site at www.hawaii.gov/gov.

The Lingle/Aiona administration was re-elected to a second term in office during the Nov. 7 general election. When first elected in 2002, Lingle/Aiona became the first Republican administration in the state for 40 years, this after Lingle was credited with the economic boom on Maui during her terms as mayor.

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