Tsutsui sworn in as lieutenant governor

Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui was sworn in Thursday morning by Hawaii Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald on Oahu.

The event in the governor’s officer was actually ceremonial. The former Maui lawmaker and state Senate president actually took office on Dec. 27, the day he accepted the job.

As state Senate president, Tsutsui, 41, was in line for the post following Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s appointment of Brian Schatz to the U.S. Senate to replace the late Daniel K. Inouye, who died Dec. 17.

Thursday was the deadline for Central Maui Democrats to apply for Tsutsui’s open state Senate post. The Maui County Democrats will be meeting Saturday to come up with a list of up to three names to submit to the governor, who will make the final selection.