U.S. and Hawaii flags will be flying at half-staff today at state offices and the Hawaii National Guard in remembrance of Alexander "Lex" Hofgaard Brodie, a longtime businessman and former member of the state Board of Education.
Originally from Kauai, Brodie was elected to the education board and served from 1992 to 2003, often making unscheduled visits to public schools throughout the state to gain a clear picture of their most pressing issues. A former Waikiki Beach Boy, he became a well-known entrepreneur, who founded Lex Brodie Tire Co. in 1961 and the Small Business Association of Hawaii (now Smart Business Hawaii) in 1976.
He died Jan. 11 on Kauai at age 98.
"The people of Hawaii will extend a final 'thank you, very much' to Lex Brodie, an iconic member of our island community," said Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who ordered the lowering of the flags. "Lex Brodie's dedication to education, the community and small business helped to shape the state as we know it."