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Obama greets 'Five-0' star and speaks about Hawaii connections

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 09:11 a.m. HST, May 09, 2012

President Barack Obama spoke about growing up in Hawaii and his connection to Asian and Pacific Americans during a speech in Washington.

He also greeted "Hawaii Five-0" star Grace Park, who attended the Tuesday night dinner for the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, a national group dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation in community service and politics.

In his speech, the president mentioned former Hawaii congresswoman Patsy Mink as a pioneer in politics, "who was not only the first Asian American woman elected to Congress but the author of Title IX, which has changed the playing field for all our girls."

He also praised Hawaii U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, whom he said "kept fighting for America." He quipped that Inouye "was my senator most of my life."

Also attending the dinner from Hawaii was the president's sister Maya Soetoro-Ng and brother-in-law Konrad Ng. 

"When I think about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, I think about my family -- my sister, Maya, my brother-in-law, Konrad, who's in the house somewhere...  My nieces Suhaila and Savita. I think about all the folks I grew up with in Honolulu, as part of the Hawaiian ohana," Obama said.

"Your heritage spans the world.  But what unites everyone is that in all of your families you have stories of perseverance that are uniquely American.  Some of you, those from Hawaii or the Pacific Islands, live where your family has lived for generations and your story is, in part, about keeping alive treasured native traditions.  But for others, your story starts with ancestors who, at some point, left behind everything they knew to seek the promise of a new land."

People from Hawaii in the audience were vocal, interrupting the president with applause, cheers and shouts of 'Aloha," whenever he mentioned the state.

"These Hawaiians here, what's up with that?" the president said to more applause and shouts of "Aloha."

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Hooray President Obama, Local Boy Makes Good, and will have 4 more years, then its the Romney 8, this will be good!
on May 8,2012 | 09:38PM
Classic_59Chevy wrote:
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on May 9,2012 | 01:00PM
grantos wrote:
It's a shame you look like a fool. I really like the '59 Chevy.
on May 9,2012 | 03:47PM
Larry01 wrote:
You're kidding me. How many years have you lived under ignorance?
on May 9,2012 | 04:27PM
jkjones wrote:
TPOTUS is a great personalty and very likeable...his political policies, however, like the senior senator he mentions, is out of touch and ineffective...sorry, he will serve one term only.
on May 8,2012 | 11:38PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
"These Hawaiians here, what's up with that?" the president said...

Hey, that was his response when asked about sovereignty, too!

on May 9,2012 | 08:57AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
Tell that to Willard, who's busy helping his wife decide which one of her two Cadillacs she's going to drive today.
on May 9,2012 | 10:53AM
AniMatsuri wrote:
He's only from Hawai'i when it's convenient for him.
on May 9,2012 | 02:27AM
juke wrote:
on May 9,2012 | 04:28AM
serious wrote:
Well, yes, true, he sure as heck wouldn't claim Illinois!! Check their state's financial record. It's worse than the US government, at least since HE took over.
on May 9,2012 | 04:44AM
Graham wrote:
In a speech last month he did claim Illinois as his home state..."...first republican Presidnet, Abraham Lincoln, from my home state of Illinois".
on May 9,2012 | 07:57AM
EightOEight wrote:
So what? My sister was raised here. She's been living on the mainland for decades. When she visits and says she's going home, I know she's flying back to the mainland. Does that mean she doesn't love Hawaii? NO. Does that mean she can't speak about Hawaii like a kamaaina? NO! The fact that he refers to Illinois as his home state doesn't mean his affection for Hawaii is insincere. Nitpicking, all you haters.
on May 9,2012 | 09:55AM
Graham wrote:
Not nitpicking or a hater...just commenting on comment made by serious; why did that make you so upset?
on May 9,2012 | 10:05AM
EightOEight wrote:
Your comment doesn't clarify and follows the comments of the others.
on May 9,2012 | 11:39AM
AniMatsuri wrote:
When given a chance to join a Inagural Ball put on by Hawai'i folks he had better things to do. When given a chance to introduce aloha wear to APEC attendees he declinded that too. APEC was a pain in the neck for us when it was here and there was little to show for it after they left. Anyone who thinks his presidental library will be built here is delusional.
on May 9,2012 | 12:35PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
So true. That APEC incident really showed his true colors. Not that it matters but saying he's from Hawaii is only convenient when it matters.
on May 9,2012 | 12:58PM
ricekidd wrote:
how true...
on May 9,2012 | 07:12AM
kainalu wrote:
BS. Barack has always been an ambassador of 'aloha'.
on May 9,2012 | 08:54AM
LanaUlulani wrote:

Here goes Obama the Hawaiian Wanna Be trying to co-opt the Hawaiian Culture and claim it as part of his own. He did it with the inoa "Malia" now he insists that he is "from Hawai'i" thus misappropriating "I'm from Hawai'i" so now the rest of the world thinks that those of us who are REALLY from Hawai'i are selfish pigs causing a record high 41.8 million people on Food stamps !!!

on May 9,2012 | 05:22AM
WKAMA wrote:
Hey, Obama was born and raised in Hawaii. Left and went to the mainland to further his education after high school. Many of us did. He can say, "I'm from Hawaii"! By the way, what's makes you "really from Hawaii"? Being a conservative?
on May 9,2012 | 05:44AM
Anonymous wrote:
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on May 9,2012 | 09:02AM
JimLoomis wrote:
No wonder you're "anonymous". Pathetic!!
on May 9,2012 | 09:08AM
LAX2HNL wrote:
not again....my God, how long is this going to go on....the President produced his long form birth certificate. so what...that's fake too?
on May 9,2012 | 09:16AM
Larry01 wrote:
You're kidding me, there are still some of you left?
on May 9,2012 | 09:34AM
UhhDuhh wrote:
That's a little stretching it don't you think? Obama-Malia-from Hawaii= record food stamp population. Huh? First of all, I don't think the rest of the world cares how many people the US has on food stamps and even if they did, they wouldn't do anything about it anyway. Secondly, you can't just blame one man from any state, or Timbuktu for that matter, for 41.8 million on food stamps. Thirdly, the majority of the 41.8 million on fod stamps should be blamed for 41.8 million on food stamps- the majority can work but don't want to. Lastly, relax, take a deep breath and have a sunrise cocktail or something.
on May 9,2012 | 06:48AM
EightOEight wrote:
Lana, get off your high horse. Why don't you protest against those who are really prostituting the Hawaiian culture? Do you need help with real examples? UhhDuhh is correct although I take exception to his statement that the majority on food stamps can work, but "don't want to" .
on May 9,2012 | 07:53AM
cojef wrote:
A great man said, "Democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not".
on May 9,2012 | 08:08AM
EightOEight wrote:
What about those who can't find a job? What about those who are working, but don't make a Irving wage? What about those who cannot work because of a disability? It's the generalization of all people on food stamps that I object to.
on May 9,2012 | 08:31AM
Larry01 wrote:
Absolutely. There are always those who will take advantage of the system, but the for most part, public assistance is for those transitioning or who just can't make it, no matter how hard they've been trying. I wish people would get off the stereotypes.
on May 9,2012 | 09:36AM
UhhDuhh wrote:
Okay, my bad. I understand the disabled cannot work issue thus the "majority" reference. However, I see a lot of people on food stamps and no job relaxing at the beach every day. They buy steaks when I I buy Spam. If they can swim and sunbathe, they can work. Why am I busting my A six days a week to pay for somebody else enjoying the beach on a weekday? Hello?
on May 11,2012 | 07:29AM
kailuabred wrote:
Got your tin foil hat on again, Lana?
on May 9,2012 | 09:22AM
Loki wrote:
Great. I person not really from Hawaii talking to another person not really from Hawaii about Hawaii.
on May 9,2012 | 06:08AM
EightOEight wrote:
How long do you have to live in Hawaii to be "really from Hawaii"?
on May 9,2012 | 08:32AM
Anonymous wrote:
It's not so much the amount of years, but more the amount and depth of family ties one has in Hawaii. Until recently I had neighbors from the East Coast that were here 20 years I would have a hard time saying they were "from here" other than tecnically. They didn't have any relatives living here and their circle of friends were other expat mainlanders. One day last month they just picked up and left and I might have been the only neighbor they said goodbye to. On the other hand, I've had the pleasure to meet ex-mainlanders that love Hawaii so much (and most importantly...respect and live the local culture) that you just assume they were born here. Ohana. It's not a matter of time, but of heart.
on May 9,2012 | 09:23AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
If you're born here and went to high school here, you're "really from Hawaii". The President did both. His birth certificate and the Punahou 1979 year book confirm both.
on May 9,2012 | 10:43AM
FRANKO79 wrote:
LIKE: and only the intelligent know the story behind this...
on May 9,2012 | 09:26AM
souzaboy wrote:
on May 9,2012 | 06:15AM
connie wrote:
How tall is Grace Park?
on May 9,2012 | 06:59AM
kaupani wrote:
Just as tall as she needs to be. :-)
on May 9,2012 | 07:15AM
Anonymous wrote:
I saw her in Down to Earth. I think about 5'8'.
on May 9,2012 | 08:58AM
Hilofrank wrote:
5'8"?! I think I just found a reason to become a stalker. KIDDING!
on May 9,2012 | 10:21AM
ManoaHi wrote:
She was born in Los Angeles, CA, on March 14, 1974. Grace is 5'9" (175cm) and married to Phil Kim since 2004.
on May 9,2012 | 11:46AM
Hilofrank wrote:
Her bio: "Born in Los Angeles, but moved to Canada at 22 months. Considers herself a Canadian native, but always a Korean first."
on May 9,2012 | 04:49PM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
A "Canadian native" is someone born in Canada. If she's a Canadian citizen by natuiralization or marriage, that's fine, but that doesn't make her a "Canadian native".
on May 9,2012 | 05:58PM
Lindall wrote:
Obama always thinks about Hawaii. Like him very much.
on May 9,2012 | 07:12AM
Hilofrank wrote:
Garce Park is Canadian! Her "local" ties are that she comes here to work on a t.v. show. Her other credential is that she looks great in a bikini on the "surf" shots.
on May 9,2012 | 07:53AM
ManoaHi wrote:
Grace resides in Canada. She was born on Los Angeles, CA.
on May 9,2012 | 11:48AM
Hilofrank wrote:
Her bio states: "Born in Los Angeles, but moved to Canada at 22 months. Considers herself a Canadian native, but always a Korean first."
on May 9,2012 | 04:50PM
808Cindy wrote:
Obama's doing good for our country, I believe he will continue to do good for us in his next term.
on May 9,2012 | 08:09AM
news333 wrote:
Grace Park is too thin. Bad role model for local girls.
on May 9,2012 | 08:34AM
busterb wrote:
Margaret Cho?
on May 9,2012 | 09:15AM
Hilofrank wrote:
Yeah, but if it were Margaret Cho, all the crimes would be solved at the Food Court or lunch wagons.
on May 9,2012 | 10:20AM
kailuabred wrote:
That probably means you're too big.
on May 9,2012 | 09:23AM
dlum003 wrote:
Why is Grace Park or anyone from that insipid sitcom Hawaii 5-0 always trotted out as the ambassadors of Hawaii? That show is pure network garbage and all the cast has to do with Hawaii is they profit from the association. Knock it off already!
on May 9,2012 | 09:43AM
Hilofrank wrote:
Come on! Where can you go from downtown HNL to Kailua in minutes? Only on t.v.! But it's fun to see the jump cuts to locations that you and I would take about an hour to get to.
on May 9,2012 | 10:19AM
kailuabred wrote:
Hawai'i profits, too. Lolo
on May 9,2012 | 10:32AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
True, dlum003. The only connection the stars of Hawaii 5-0 have to Hawaii is their paycheck. But who else is available to be "ambassadors of Hawaii"? Linda Lingle or Neil Abercrombie? Ugh. Sid Fernandez filled the role of "Ambassador of Hawaii" when he played baseball for the Mets. How about Shane Victorimo of the Phillies as "Ambassador of Hawaii"? Nice guy, talented, gives back to the community.
on May 9,2012 | 10:51AM
ManoaHi wrote:
Wow. Please read the article again. Grace Park and President Obama were at the "Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies" dinner in Washington. When you learn some geography, you will realize that "Asia Pacific" does not mean only Hawai'i, we are just part of it. Asia Pacific is a huge region. Not once did anyone even hint that Grace was from Hawai'i, not even close to "ambassador" of Hawai'i.
on May 9,2012 | 11:56AM
dlum003 wrote:
Thank you mr. Details! Are you that simple? You perceive everything so literally, so that you can make yourself feel good with your corrections. I'm not talking about this article exclusively, but the long prosession of the depiction of the cast of that idiotic show as people from Hawaii or associated with Hawaii. You must look at the ground just in front of your toes when you walk, not what's up ahead of you. Park is an image consultant's fabrication from head to foot and all the mouth breathers out there are buying.
on May 9,2012 | 01:02PM
Hahaione2000 wrote:
Grace Park is Canadian/
on May 9,2012 | 09:59AM
kaupani wrote:
Grace Park is hot!
on May 9,2012 | 10:20AM
Hilofrank wrote:
She really is eh?!
on May 9,2012 | 04:51PM
pgkemp wrote:
it's gotta be an election year, always soaking the spotlight..........
on May 9,2012 | 10:24AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
Yeah, there's Linda Lingle, up on the upper left corner of every online Star-Advertiser page.
on May 9,2012 | 11:53AM
Watergate_Mike wrote:
Grace Park makes a beautiful ambassador to Washington for Hawai'i. Lovely AP photo, BTW.
on May 9,2012 | 12:13PM
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