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December 1, 2013
The Associated Press

Honolulu mayor set to host 'Family Day'

HONOLULU - Honolulu's mayor will be hosting "Family Day" at Thomas Square to celebrate the first same-sex marriages in the state.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell's event from noon to 4 p.m. today is scheduled to take place hours before same-sex couples in Hawaii will be allowed to legally marry after midnight.

The event will include a bounce house for children and entertainment by the Royal Hawaiian Band and the Gay Men's Chorus of Honolulu.

The Mayor's Office says there will be an information tent for midnight ceremonies.

Organizers of a midnight same-sex marriage ceremony at the Sheraton Waikiki say they're dubbing the mayor's event a "rehearsal luncheon."

The Hawaii Marriage Equality Act goes into effect Monday.


Man dies in truck accident on Big Island

HONOLULU - Authorities say a man has died after being thrown from a boom truck on Hawaii island.

Fire officials responded Friday just before 11:30 a.m. to a single-vehicle accident in Waikoloa.

According to Hawaii County fire officials, one man was thrown and another pinned in the truck.

Investigators say the truck overturned after going off the road and onto an embankment.

The man who was thrown died at the scene. The other man was airlifted to a hospital with apparently moderate injuries.


Parade in honor of Pearl Harbor survivors

HONOLULU - A little rain failed to deter thousands of people from showing up Friday night at the annual Waikiki Holiday Parade.

In its 15th year, the event celebrates those who survived Japan's 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

Hundreds of people lined Kalakaua Avenue to watch the parade, which is traditionally held the day after Thanksgiving.

Among those who attended were six World War II veterans, including four from Hawaii.

Delton Walling, 92, of Wallace, Calif., was the grand marshal. The Navy veteran was 19 years old and witnessed the attack from a communication tower.

Ten bands and 35 marching units made up the procession.



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