Obama showed re­spect for lo­cals

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - VIEWS & VOICES -

In re­sponse to “Trump showed aloha, un­like Obama” (Star-Ad­ver­tiser, Let­ters, Nov. 9), we greet guests with lei and yes, vis­i­tors and lo­cals dress in aloha shirts.

But when lo­cals come home, they do not re­quire a lei greet­ing — they are com­ing home, so it is not a flashy photo op­por­tu­nity. We were Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s des­ti­na­tion, not a re­fu­el­ing stopover on the way to meet­ings.

As I re­mem­ber, Obama left late at night and a few times ar­rived in the evening, know­ing how his im­pact would af­fect the lo­cals. That showed more re­spect than any photo op­por­tu­nity.

I know not what the let­ter writer meant by “a slap in the face of all who live in Hawaii and re­spect its cul­ture,” but I’ll take my day back, af­ter be­ing stuck in traf­fic due to the pres­i­dent’s ar­rival, over wear­ing a lei any time.

Ryan Blan­chard Waipahu

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