The Hill: Post Office Naming Causes Trouble in Paradise

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Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) pulled her support last Thursday for a bill that would rename a post office in Hawaii honoring late Rep. Cecil Heftel (D-Hawaii) after learning that Heftel’s widow objected to the measure.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Charles Djou (R-Hawaii), whose district Heftel represented in Congress for 9 years (1977-1986).


In a letter to Djou, Heftel’s widow, Rebecca Glass Heftel, wrote that the move to rename the post office (which isn’t quite as grand as this one, in Honolulu) comes as “a complete surprise.” According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, she requested that Djou stop all his post office-related efforts related to her late husband.

In an odd twist, Heftel’s children initially gave Djou permission to move forward, according to the paper.

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