He says Hawaii is fortunate Nabors chose to make the state his home and contributed to the community in many ways.
Governor, mayor remember TV icon, Hawaii resident Jim Nabors →
"I've never thought of (the audience reaction) as relating to me," Nabors said. "It is applauding for the tradition of the race and the excitement."
Jim Nabors, who made cheery Gomer Pyle a TV icon, dies at 87 →