Will Obama bring Hawaii ways to White House?

Posted: January 21, 2009 by Nathan Kam in Random Raves & Rants
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56545698It was a proud day for the people of Hawaii as Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America on January 20, 2009. I’m still pinching myself knowing the leader of the free world was born here, went to school here, and is going to be running the country with the Aloha Spirit in his heart. Wasn’t it great when he flashed a “shaka” sign (see photo to the left) during the inaugural parade to the Punahou School band as they marched by? My friend and fellow blogger John Fischer was moved to tears by the local gesture.

Awaking to the morning news and seeing more than 2 million people gathered in Washington, D.C. to be a part of history was incredible. I can only imagine what it was like to be there in person amongst all the energy and anticipation as Americans united and witnessed a promise to move the country forward. The President’s speech was powerful and honest, and I loved the line when he said “starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.”

This was actually the first inauguration that I’ve watched and it was an amazing day of festivities. But now that all of the celebrating is technically over, there’s one thing I’m curious about.

What slices of Hawaii life will President Obama bring to the White House?

I initially thought Hawaiian music, Kona Coffee, and Spam musubi perhaps. But then I posed the question to my friends on Twitter and Facebook who came back with a more great suggestions:



I guess only time will tell if any of these make it to Washington, but in the spirit of fun and Aloha let’s keep the list going.

What other slices of Hawaii life or traditions would you like to see President Obama incorporate during his time in office?


[Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images]

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  1. Aron H. says:

    nice post i really like it keep writing .

  2. Melissa says:

    I found this on Elizabeth K’s Facebook:
    “Go Hawaiian Like Obama? Yes, We Can”

  3. Melissa says:

    At some point he needs to start wearing that shirt: “If can, can. If no can, no can.”

    Actually, I wonder if that shaka itself is going to pique more interest from people around the world, no?

  4. valdezign says:

    Imu in the White House lawn!

  5. Kona Grandma says:

    Incorporate a Hawaiian theme when redecorating the White House…i.e. wall art, throw pillows, use of koa, etc.

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