The Iam Tongi’s concert and convoy was already a special day for Hawaii and to make the day even more historical, Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi declared Tuesday, May 16 as “Iam Tongi Day”.
The mayor made the announcement on the concert stage at Turtle Bay Resort’s Stables field.
Thousands gathered to cheer on Tongi’s return along with other lawmakers including Gov. Josh Green.
“We want to just lastly say we want to celebrate his remarkable talent for being the ‘Ambassador of Aloha’ and for teaching everybody what ‘chicken skin’ means,” said Blangiardi as the crowd cheered to the announcement.
In part of a statement, Blangiardi said “The support for Iam Tongi last at Turtle Bay was truly magical. It was a complete honor to proclaim May 16, 2023, to be IAM TONGI DAY…”
The support was evident in the crowd numbers with many of the fans flashing off their Iam Tongi merch.
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On May 21, the Kahuku native was crowned the winner of American Idol, the first from Hawaii to ever win the title. To read the winning coverage, click here.