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Office of the Governor News Release: Flags to fly at half-staff in memory of first ʻAiea state legislator William Bains-Jordan

Posted on Mar 15, 2021 in Latest Department News, Newsroom, Office of the Governor Press Releases

HONOLULU — As a mark of respect for the late William Bains-Jordan, the first state representative of ʻAiea, Gov. David Ige has ordered that the flags of the United States and State of Hawai‘i shall be flown at half-staff at all state offices and agencies, as well as the Hawai‘i National Guard, from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. 

Bains-Jordan served as chairman of the 49th State Fair and then served as a Republican in the House from 1959 to 1962. During his time at the Legislature, Bains-Jordan also chaired a committee to design the Hawai‘i State Capitol.

Before his time in politics, Bains-Jordan worked at Bank of Hawaii, beginning in 1937, where he worked his way from “office boy” to vice president – helping to open multiple branch locations.

He was also deeply invested in the community, serving the Hawai‘i Rotary Club for over 55 years, as well as working with the Boy Scouts, eventually becoming an Eagle Scout, chairing the Boy Scouts of Makahiki, and serving as district committeeman for two years.

Bains-Jordan was born in Hilo, Hawai‘i, but spent most of his life on O‘ahu. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1935, then went on to attend the Cannon School of Business and the University of Hawai‘i.

Bains-Jordan died at the age of 104 at his home in Madison, Alabama. He is survived by his wife, three children, five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.


Media Contacts:

Cindy McMillan

Communications Director

Office of the Governor

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Krystal Kawabata

Digital Media Specialist

Office of the Governor, State of Hawaiʻi

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