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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                            December 21, 2005

Release No. M-113






            We celebrate Christmas in many ways in Hawaii, our customs and traditions reflecting the diversity of our island people.  We also celebrate the successful journeys that people have made, from distant lands, to come to this special place to live in peace and brotherhood.


            For Christians, the celebration of Christmas is the reaffirmation of the ideals that Christ embodies.  It is a time to show charity and express goodwill to all.


            But for all people, whatever our origins or beliefs, this time of the year gives us a moment to reflect on our many blessings, to continue to pledge our respect for the dignity of all people, and to offer a prayer that peace, brotherhood, and goodwill will prevail in this world—as it does among us in Hawaii.


            It is in that spirit that Gail and I wish you and yours a very merry Christmas.  Mele Kalikimaka.






Contact:  Bill Brennan, 527-6928

               Mark Matsunaga, 527-5784

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

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