The results of the presidential race left many Democrats in this deep-blue state shaking their heads.
Although no one knew what to expect in this one-of-kind election, the prospects of Donald Trump winning the presidency felt remote to many voters in this isolated island state.
“What he was saying was resonating to a part of the population that we, especially in Hawaii, don’t really understand,” said Colleen Hanabusa, who will be dealing with the new president as a newly elected congresswoman.
“I am devastated by the result,” she said. “I was hoping to be able to say tonight to all the young girls and women across the state that we finally cracked the glass ceiling.”
“I just can’t imagine how people, how women voted for him, and minorities … even with all the comments about women, about Muslims, about Hispanics, building the wall. I think maybe it’s not Donald Trump, it’s a movement that we have to be concerned about.”
Hawaii’s four electoral votes will go to Clinton, who had 61.5 percent of the Hawaii vote versus Trump’s 29 percent, with most of the state’s precincts counted late Tuesday night.
Lifelong Democrat Dwight Takamine, a former state senator and also former director of the state Department of Labor, expressed shock as well, but was starting to grapple with the results as the night wore on.
“I guess tonight really demonstrates how uncertain politics can be,” he said. “In the end we have to live with the results and honor the voice of the people.”
Some local residents joked that the Hawaiian independence movement would soon begin picking up steam given the presidential outcome.
But others were happy with the election’s outcome.
Hawaii Kai resident David Livingston, 65, said Trump’s experience as a businessman will bring change to a country fed up with “politics as usual.”
“He’s a businessman,” Livingston said. “He’s anti-regulations. He wants a fair tax system. He wants to bring the overseas money back, and these were things we have been talking about for years and couldn’t get the job done.”
Mario Higa, a port agent for the Marine Firemen’s Union, was dismayed by the verdict.
“This was a very different type of race,” Higa said, as he stood watching the returns at Hanabusa’s victory party. “I’ve never seen this before. I thought she was likely to pull it off. Trump didn’t sound too presidential.”