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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    
November 20, 2007

Release No. M-127-07






            Nearly four centuries have passed since the early settlers gathered to give thanks to God for a new life in a new land, offering their prayers of gratitude for the blessings bestowed upon them.


            In the decades that followed, new generations of Americans gave thanks for opportunity and prosperity, precious freedoms, and for the bounty of life in a growing land.


            Thanksgiving has now become an annual tradition in America, representing a time for all citizens to give thanks for the blessings we receive, for the abundance of life, and for the principles we hold dear.  We in Hawaii have even more to be thankful for:  We live in islands of incomparable beauty, we have the diversity of many cultures, and we have the joy of friends and family.


            On this Thanksgiving Day, let us spend a moment to reflect on these blessings, express our mahalo for the bounty we have, and pledge to share these blessings with others throughout the year.


            My family joins in wishing you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving holiday.



Tuesday, November 20, 2007

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