We don’t wear lei when re­turn­ing

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - VIEWS & VOICES -

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

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