Flags Lowered in Honor of Brian Hughes, Hilo Memorial Planned

As a mark of respect for the late firefighter Brian Hughes of Hilo, Governor David Ige has ordered that the United States flag and the State of Hawai‘i flag 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 Friday, Aug. 10, and again from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, Aug. 12.

Hughes’ memorial services in Hilo are scheduled for both days.

Hughes, 33, was killed while battling the Ferguson fire near Yosemite National Park in California. He was the captain of an elite team of experienced firefighters called the Arrowhead Hotshots. Hughes was one of thousands of firefighters battling deadly blazes across California. He was killed when he was struck by a falling tree.

Hughes is originally from Hilo where he attended Hilo Union, Hilo Intermediate and Hilo High Schools. He is survived by his parents, sister and fiancée.

The family is hosting a memorial reception for Captain Hughes at the Hilo Yacht Club from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Close family and friends are invited to pay their respects, as well as emergency responders who participate in the procession.
The procession meets at 10:30 a.m. at Bayfront Park by the King Kamehameha Statue. Personnel desiring to participate in the procession are asked to RSVP via the website.
The public and media are invited to view the procession which starts at 11 a.m. at the King Kamehameha Statue with a destination of the Hilo Yacht Club.
An official memorial website has been established in honor of Captain Hughes. There, the public can learn about him, the procession, and where to send condolence letters or contributions. The site also includes a section for visitor-submitted memories and condolences.
A memorial was held in Fresno, California on August 4.