Flags Lowered for Former State Rep. Robert Fukuda

From a press release Friday (Aug. 9):

As a mark of respect for the late former state Rep. Robert Kiyoshi Fukuda, Gov. Neil Abercrombie has ordered that the National Flag and Hawaii State Flag shall be flown at half-staff at all state offices and agencies as well as the Hawaii National Guard on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, the day of his memorial service.

After graduating from the University of Hawaii, Fukuda worked as a Japa­nese language interpreter/translator for the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Service during World War II. For this service, he was awarded along with 6,000 Japa­nese-Americans the Congressional Gold Medal in 2010.

While deputy attorney general of the Territory of Hawaii from 1953 to 1959, he also served as the attorney for the Hawaiian Homes Commission and the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. In 1959, Fukuda was elected to the House of Representatives of the first Hawaii State Legislature and served for three years. Later, he served as U.S. attorney for the state from 1969 to 1973 and went on to manage the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for Hawaii and Guam from 1982 to 1986.

Fukuda died on July 12 at age 91. …

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Photo: Lowered flags at the Capitol. (Civil Beat)

—Chad Blair

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