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New Honary Consul of Denmark

October 28th, 2009

My husband in May joined the diplomatic ranks as the newest Honorary Consul. Here's the press release:


The Queen of Denmark approved Claus Z. Hansen, CEO and co-owner of Affordable Casket & Moanalua Mortuary, as Royal Danish Consulate, representing Hawaii. “I’m excited to be selected for this honor. Though I have made Hawaii my home, I keep close ties to my homeland, and visit my relatives every other year,” he says. “Helping my fellow Danes have a positive experience in Hawaii is important to me.”

The Royal Danish Consulate in Hawaii is now located at

1150 Kikowaena St.
Honolulu, HI 96819

Office hours are 8 am – 4 pm.

What is an Honorary Consul? It’s not a career diplomat. It’s a private citizen who helps represent the citizens of a certain country, as a volunteer role. Honorary Consuls are afforded a military rank, after Rear Admirals/Major Generals/Air Vice Marshalls.

An Honorary Consul may be called out (at any time, day or night) to attend to the well-being of a citizen of the appointing country who has been arrested. They ensure that the arrested person is being treated fairly, and that he or she understands their rights and obligations. “According to my predecessor, most of the cases involving Danes were lost passports or wayward hikers,” anticipates Hansen.

Hansen was born and raised in Denmark, and moved to Hawaii in 1986 to attend the University of Hawaii on a swimming scholarship. He chose to make Hawaii his home, and teaches his daughter Danish in the hopes that she will one day appreciate her Danish heritage. He has been an active member of Hawaii’s Scandinavian community for more than 20 years.

No, the job doesn’t come with diplomatic immunity, but he does get a cool license plate, a really large coat of arms for the wall, and now and then, a dinner with the Danish Queen.

Claus Z. Hansen
(808) 542-2021 cell

11 Responses to “New Honary Consul of Denmark”

  1. theDman:

    Wow, what an honor. Congratulations to Claus.

    There is a Scandinavian community association here? Whoa, break out the Lutefisk, it's getting close to Christmas.

    Actually, I think Scandinavia pins that one squarely on the Norwegians, who in turn, try to hang that on the Swedish.

  2. maxcat:

    Yup, Lutefisk is Norwegian. If you want it in the US best bet is Fargo, ND at the Sons of Norway lodge. Hehe, don't diss Fargo. Love the place. Diane congrats to Claus.

  3. Diane Ako:

    I have been to DK once, after we got married. Actually we were supposed to go Sept 2001, but we couldn't get a flight out, and then that trip ended up getting postponed till 2003. I loved it, cold though it were. So pretty, so happy. so safe. I could live there for a year. Claus said, "I'll miss you."

    We are going again soon to finally let Uncle Paul meet Olivia. Claus wasted no time on that one as soon as my layoff day was official. (There were questions in the air thru the final week, due to the Media Council Hawaii request with the FCC.) Would you believe flying first class would cost $18,000 for the three of us? We are not flying first class. I may end up looking like the lutefisk when I end up in Denmark, because it's 3 plane rides over 23 hours. I know I"ll FEEL like a canned sardine. I felt that way when traveling in 2003; now I'll have a 2 year old. Eeee!

  4. Rodney Lee:


  5. Bre:

    Congrats to Claus!

    You should talk to Zee (from the A-Z Files blog). She traveled to Sweden (I think that was the country) with her two very young girls. She could probably give you some pointers about keeping Olivia entertained during the flight.

    My friend just got back from Greece with her 2 year old. She bought brand new toys that he did not see until the flight so he was excited to play with them. She said this helped a lot.

    When you go make sure you keep blogging and share your pictures. I would love to see pictures of Denmark.

  6. carol:

    I was an exchange student to Sweden years ago, from Hawaii...loved the Scandanavian people. The winter was cold and depressing...very little sunlight.

  7. hemajang:

    Congratulations on the honor...don't know much about Denmark...I did enjoy the film "Babette's Feast." Do we have a significant numbers of Danish expatriates here? and don't we have a number of Danes here at HPU. I think they have or had some cross country runners from Denmark.

  8. Rosette:


  9. theDman:

    Hey Diane, I was just reading Shauna Goya's Odds N Ends blog and she mentions a new social website that is restricted to beautiful people (gotta submit your picture for approval)...and guess what, it was started in Denmark.

    Maybe for laughs and grins, you and Claus should submit your photos to the site. They say only one out of five gets accepted.


  10. Steve Nakamura:

    Never got a full picture of your husband. You are the Hawaii's version of Brad and Angelina. You and Him @5:00p.m. news would put Gary and Pam to shame. It can only imagine what your daughter looks like.

  11. Diane Ako:

    Steve Nakamura - Wow, what a compliment, but gosh, I don't think we could be considered like Brangelina. For starters, we don't have nearly enough children. And what would the combined name be? Daus? Ciane? We don't even meet the cool-hybridized-name prerequisite. Ours sounds more like new color names on the CMYK color model. LOL 🙂

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