December 1, 2008 – Hilo, Hawaii
Billy Kenoi officially began his role as the mayor of Hawaii’s Big Island today, when he was sworn in today at an inaugural ceremony at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo.
The new mayor, the youngest to ever hold the seat in Hawaii County, took the oath administered by the Honorable judge Ronald Ibarra before a large crowd of supporters, citizens and government colleagues.
After the oath, Kenoi gave a speech, focusing on the challenges his administration faces ahead.
Also sworn into new office terms at the inauguration: Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney Jay Kimura, and the entire nine member County Council.
|VIDEO: Sights and sounds of the Hawaii County inauguration
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There was more to the inauguration at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium than oath administrations. There was cultural ceremony, music, a list of dignitaries from Oahu, and grinds for the public.
In this video, a small sample of the events surrounding the swear-ins is shown, from procession to recession, and some footage from in between.
(December 1, 2008 – Hilo, Hawaii)