We don’t wear lei when returning
In response to Mike Eberle’s criticism of the Obamas for hardly wearing lei on their many visits here (“Trump showed aloha, unlike Obama,” Star-Advertiser, Letters, Nov. 9): Do you wear a lei every time you come home to Hawaii after a time away?
I don’t, and most of the visits our former president and family made were not official visits.
As one formerly involved in protocol and proper official greetings of dignitaries to our islands, I know that lei are usually not presented for non-official visits. Still, because of his popularity here and as a kamaaina, I’m sure former President Barack Obama has worn more lei and aloha shirts in his lifetime than any other U.S. president ever did.
Jennifer Hausler Pearl City