Hawaii flags slated to fly at half-staff rest of week

As a Maui runner reflected on the bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, Gov. Neil Abercrombie has ordered all Hawaii flags to fly at half-staff alongside the U.S. flag through Saturday in respect for the victims of the tragedy.

Three people were killed and 170 injured in two explosions at the finish line that President Barack Obama has called an act of terrorism.

“Our thoughts are with the victims, families and many others impacted by the terrifying events that unfolded yesterday at the Boston Marathon,” Abercrombie said in a news release Tuesday. “We offer our support and our aloha to the people of Massachusetts during this difficult time.”

On Tuesday, Obama ordered that U.S. flags fly at half-staff until Saturday.

In Boston, Kelly Watanabe, who ran in the marathon, was trying to get her luggage from her hotel near the finish line on Tuesday. She was not able to return to her hotel, because it was in the crime scene and blocked off by police.

“I spent the last 36 hours in the same running clothes. Ugh!” the Wailuku resident wrote in an email to The Maui News on Tuesday.

She complimented the help she was receiving from the Red Cross, whom she described as “awesome.”

If she could get her luggage in time, the business and math instructor at the University of Hawaii Maui College said she was planning to run in another marathon in Kansas.

Watanabe also teaches fitness classes at the college’s Wellness Center.

The Maui runner was not able to finish the race, saying that she was just coming on to Boylston Street and the finish line when the bombs went off.

“Another minute and I would have been there,” she said in an email Tuesday.

Watanabe and other runners were stopped on Boylston Street.

“I was disappointed to run 26 miles and not be able to finish the .2 (miles), but I’m happy to be safe and in one piece,” she said.