Former lieutenant governor honored at Kawaiaha'o Church funeral servicesUPDATED 7:03 PM HST Dec 28, 2013Video Transcript
service for the first woman lieutenant governor of Hawaii was held today at Kawaiaha'o Church. At 87, Jean Sadako King, lost her battle with pancreatic cancer. KITV4's Nana Ohkawa joins us with more. King was described as a gracious and serene person...yet also a staunch advocate for Hawaii's people and the environment. NATS Hawaii mourns the loss of a woman...many knew as a true pioneer. Jean King served in the house of representatives and the state senate..In 1978 she became the state's first female lieutenant governor serving under George Ariyoshi. John Mizuno- Representative 1722 HER CURVE WAS EXTREMELY HIGH IT WAS FAST SHE WAS A TRAIL BLAZER AND SHE SET THE STANDARD FOR WOMEN IN POLITICS 1731 But, her grandchildren will remember her as Grandma Jean.. A determined person.. Knowing what she wanted to get done and sticking with it... They grew up seeing her passion for the environment...as she made sure that Hawaii's resources were protected. Lanikea King. 2211 SHE SAID WE ARE A PART OF THE SHORELINE PROTECTION ACT AND IT PROVIDES ACCESS TO THE BEACHES AND PROTECTING THE COASTLINE AND MAKING SURE PEOPLE CAN GET TO THE BEACH AND I THOUGHT WOW THAT'S SO COOL THAT YOU WERE A PART OF THAT 2221 And she was always a part of organizations that pushed for peace. For more than 25 years King attended services at the Quaker house- Through the religious society she promoted peace and change in the community. Robert Bley-Vroman -clerk of honolulu friends meeting 1943 ONE OF THE REALLY REMARKABLE THINGS ABOUT JEAN IS THE WAY SHE WAS ABLE TO COMBINE A REALLY DETERMINED SOCIAL ACTIVISM AND DEVOTION TO PEACE AND JUSTICE WITH A KIND OF INTER PEACE AND CONFIDENCE 1958 Governor Neil Abercrombie ordered all U.S. and state flags be flown at half-staff in her honor. She was a mother of two, but she lost her daughter in 2011 to leukemia. Her son died a few years before due from liver complications.