Obama showed respect for locals
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