Brian Schatz and Neil Abercrombie (file photo courtesy Sierra Club)
Brian Schatz and Neil Abercrombie file photo courtesy Sierra Club

In a sun-washed ceremony, Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz were sworn into office today on the grounds of Iolani Palace.

“All I can bring today is my heart, which is full,” Abercrombie said with a quaver in his voice during his inaugural address. “Never did it occur to me when I arrived in paradise some 51 years ago that I would stand here today.”

He said his first job as governor is to “accelerate the economic recovery.”

His administration’s “driving message” will be, “make it happen by working together,” the governor said.

He opened his remarks by noting that he attended a memorial ceremony yesterday for his mother, Vera June Abercrombie, who did Saturday in Florida. She was 96.

“Our family from across the country was able to gather at my mother’s beloved Hilton Lagoon,” said Abercrombie.

“She wanted to be laid to rest finally here in Hawaii Nei,” Abercrombie said.

The inauguration proceedings began at 9:45 and included a variety of musical performances, with the national anthem sung by performer Willie K.

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Jim Dooley joined the Hawaii Reporter staff as an investigative reporter in October 2010. Before that, he has worked as a print and television reporter in Hawaii since 1973, beginning as a wire service reporter with United Press International. He joined Honolulu Advertiser in 1974, working as general assignment and City Hall reporter until 1978. In 1978, he moved to full-time investigative reporting in for The Advertiser; he joined KITV news in 1996 as investigative reporter. Jim returned to Advertiser 2001, working as investigative reporter and court reporter until 2010. Reach him at Jim@hawaiireporter.com