- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

HONOLULU (AP) - The Latest on a memorial for the late Hawaii state Rep. Clift Tsuji (all times local):

1 p.m.:

Lawmakers, friends and family are gathering to honor the life of the late state Rep. Clift Tsuji.

They’re remembering his booming voice, fairness as a committee chairman tackling divisive topics and deep love for his family and district.

Tsuji’s son, Ryan Kalei Tsuji, remembered his father Friday as the “coqui frog legislator” who fought for resources to combat the noisy critters.

House Speaker Joseph Souki says Hawaii lost a real gentleman who has worked tirelessly for the state. He says Tsuji was small in stature but tall in heart, and never afraid of confrontation.

Tsuji, who died unexpectedly at age 75, suffered a heart attack before his death.

To fill Tsuji’s seat, the Democratic Party will submit a list of three prospective candidates, and then Gov. David Ige will choose an appointee.

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12 a.m.:

Hawaii lawmakers and residents are gathering to remember the late Big Island lawmaker Rep. Clift Tsuji, who died last month.

Tsuji was known as an advocate for agriculture. He died at age 75.

The public is invited to pay their respects at a memorial service Friday in the House of Representatives chamber at the state Capitol. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., and a ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Flags at the Capitol will be flying at half-mast from sunrise to sunset to honor Tsuji.


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