- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

HONOLULU (AP) - Hundreds of friends and family are expected to honor a prominent local Hawaii leader with a 24-hour vigil.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday (https://bit.ly/1l5d83f ) that the vigil for Kenny Brown will start midday Thursday and end midday Friday.

Brown died last month. He was 94.

“We all feel compelled to honor an extraordinary man,” said Maile Meyer, who owns Native Books/Na Mea Hawaii. “I’m thrilled to be doing this.”

Brown has ties to Hawaiian royalty as the great-grandson of a member of King Kamehameha III’s court. Brown was also a two-term state senator who served additionally as chairman of the East-West Center, Bishop Museum and the Hawaii Community Development Authority.

The vigil is open to the public and is expected to include discussions on topics that interested Brown. The discussions will run in three-hour blocks.

The topics include everything from the tourism industry to health and wellness.

It will also include personal remembrances.

“He was a voyager,” Meyer said. “He was out over the horizon in everything he did.”

Momi Cazimero, a designer who served with Brown on the board of The Queen’s Health Systems, said he inspired personal growth and leadership in others.

Kenny lived the principles and wisdom of his kupuna on whose shoulders he stood,” she said. “And now we stand on his shoulders.”

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, https://www.staradvertiser.com


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