Flags to Fly at Half-Staff on Saturday in Honor of Former Hawai'i County Mayor Stephen Yamashiro

HONOLULU –Governor Neil Abercrombie today ordered that all national and Hawai’i flags at all State offices and agencies as well as the Hawai’i National Guard are to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, June 18, 2011 in memory of former Hawai’i County Mayor Stephen K. Yamashiro.

Governor Abercrombie called Mayor Yamashiro “one of the most influential political leaders and elected officials on the Big Island who played an essential role in transforming the Hawai’i County economy from its sole dependency on the sugar industry to other diversified industries such as agriculture, astronomy, and tourism.”

Prior to becoming mayor, Yamashiro served on the Hawai’i County Council from 1976 to 1990; he served 11 of those years as the council chairman.  He served as mayor from 1992 to 2000.  Yamashiro notably left the Mayor’s Office with a budget surplus.

The Governor issued the attached proclamation in honor of Mayor Yamashiro on June 8, 2011.