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Hawaii residents line up for presidential swearing-in

By Mary Vorsino

LAST UPDATED: 11:24 a.m. HST, Jan 21, 2013

WASHINGTON » Hundreds of Hawaii residents braved long security lines and temperatures in the 30s to join the massive crowd gathered in the nation’s capital today for President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

“I wanted to be a part of history,” said attorney Daphne Barbee-Wooten of Makiki. “I wanted to be here in the moment.”

Barbee-Wooten said she was struck by the diversity she saw in the crowd.

She also attended Obama’s inauguration in 2009, and said while the turnout seems smaller, it was still a good showing.

AJ Halagao, of Manoa, attended the inaugural ceremonies with his wife and two children, ages 8 and 6.

“For my family, this inauguration is about the children and we are thrilled to have a chance to experience this special moment,” said Halagao, a leader in the effort to bring Obama’s presidential library to the islands. 

“It’s still amazing to us; someone from Hawaii is our nation’s president,” Halagao said. 

Keith Amemiya, senior vice president of island holdings for the University of Hawaii Board of Regents, was in the crowd with his wife and son, Christopher, an seventh-grader at Punahou School.

“It’s very special to witness a special event like this,” Amemiya said.

While the crowd was smaller compared to 2009, turnout was still impressive, spilling over from sanctioned seating and standing ticketed areas and filling the National Mall, where people watched the ceremonies on 21-foot televisions screens.

The ceremonial swearing-in began about 10:30 a.m. in Washington, D.C., but attendees began arriving well before sunrise.

There will be a similar rush to secure prime spots along Pennsylvania Avenue for the inaugural parade this afternoon, which features two Hawaii bands — from Kamehameha and Punahou schools.

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Venus1 wrote:
So proud of Obama!! Hawaii!!!
on January 21,2013 | 07:05AM
johncdechon wrote:
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on January 21,2013 | 08:16AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
JohnD,GOP head. Boohoohoo. He was elected by America, get over it commie.
on January 21,2013 | 08:18AM
loio wrote:
so proud of our homegrown racist marxist liar. he couldn't totally ruin the country in 4 years, but now he's got a second chance.
on January 21,2013 | 07:08AM
soundofreason wrote:
So, since he didn't close Gitmo on "Day 1" of his first term, as promised, maybe he can do it with the new revenue from the increased taxes that kicked in January 1 on those that earn under 250k - the same group he promised that their taxes would not go up.
on January 21,2013 | 07:37AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
GOP commie losers. Anti-President=Anti-America.
on January 21,2013 | 08:25AM
soundofreason wrote:
So, just not going to address the CONTENT of the post then?
on January 21,2013 | 10:03AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
You mean the article which say nothing about your hogwash?
on January 21,2013 | 12:32PM
chief wrote:
How is he a racist? You must be delusional, the country was brought to its knees by the "Bush" policies which includes 2 "wars" and he is bringing us back! Get over it, Obama was elected by the majority!!!
on January 21,2013 | 09:51AM
allie wrote:
congratulations r. president and God bless you!
on January 21,2013 | 07:09AM
retire wrote:
Open you wallets America, the government is here to help you.
on January 21,2013 | 07:41AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
And retire is entitled to SS checks from our government! Shame...
on January 21,2013 | 08:26AM
retire wrote:
That's correct, paid for by 45 years of honest, hard work.
on January 21,2013 | 09:34AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Ahhh, SS is a ponzi scam. 45 years might add up 5 years at today's prices.
on January 21,2013 | 12:34PM
blackmurano wrote:
Another four years of Barack Hussien Obama means the Abortion holocust mill continue (www.abortionno.org). Obama is the King of aborting the unborn even at the nine month stage. He intents to disregard the "covenant of marriage" by redefining marriage for homosexual couples. God ordained marriage as a "Covenant" for one man and one woman. We are all accountable to God, and Barack Obama will one day soon be judge by Almighty God for his words and actions. You see every human being, God has a "book of Life" that contains every word spoken and deeds taken in their lives. At the White Throne Judgment seat (read it all in the book of Revelation), all "unrepented sinners" will be judge for their unbelief of God and His standards in the Bible. Your book, when opened, will be evidence of that. As a born again Evangelcal Christian, we are told to pray for people in authority. Will pray for all to received the free gift of eternal salvation that Jesus Christ is offering. Read it in the book of John.
on January 21,2013 | 08:16AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
The sky if falling on Fox....DOW up,jobs up,home sales up...........the world is still here. Rail is coming,the tourist in droves,Kakaako is booming,,,,,,,,what else. Oh yeah we will have NEW gun laws. Peace.
on January 21,2013 | 08:28AM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
And they gave Karl Rove another four year contract......go figure.
on January 21,2013 | 10:27AM
IAmSane wrote:
on January 21,2013 | 12:10PM
yskeulb wrote:
Didn't Keith Amemiya leave UH?
on January 21,2013 | 08:48AM
64hoo wrote:
it should say hawaiis sheepo line up for presidential swearing- in ceremony
on January 21,2013 | 04:30PM
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