HONOLULU (KHON2) - Mayor Kirk Caldwell has ordered the colors of New Zealand’s flag to shine on Honolulu Hale from the evening of Friday, March 15 through the evening of Sunday, March 17 to express solidarity with the victims of the mosque shootings in Christchurch that killed dozens of people and injured many others.
“The people of New Zealand (Aotearoa) and Hawai‘i are connected by our blue continent, the Pacific Ocean, and the welcoming and inclusionary nature of our ‘First People’ that permeates both of our island homes. That is why it’s so incredibly sad the attack in Christchurch was against those of the Muslim faith. During this time of grief and sadness, we send our heartfelt aloha to Muslims and Kiwis everywhere. No one should ever fear going to a place of worship to honor their creator. We stand with the Muslim community here in Hawai‘i and around the globe to mourn in solidarity those who lost their lives and those who are suffering from these unspeakable acts of terrorism.”