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i-Phone 4 debut sparks long lines in Hawaii

Matthew Shiroma Matthew Shiroma
Aloma Keliihoomalu Aloma Keliihoomalu
iPhone 4 iPhone 4
Richard Mizusawa Richard Mizusawa

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In Waikiki the new i-Phone was sold out by 11:00 AM Thursday. Six hours later, people were still waiting in line, hoping somehow they'll be able to get their hands on apple's latest invention.

And it was just as crowded at Ala Moana, with fans willing to wait hours in long lines just to get their hands on the high-tech device, and these are the ones who have already pre-ordered."

Matthew Shiroma was first in line, for customers who'd already reserved their phones. Roughly 400 people were waiting an hour before the Ala Moana Apple store opened.

"We actually started a line around 9:00 PM and then mall security kicked us out around 10:50. So came back around 3:4- ish and we've been waiting since then" said Shiroma

"They told us not to run, but everyone was running for the line and it was a mad dash and had to back up. It was pretty crazy in the beginning" said John Doughty of Honolulu.

Another long line was for people who didn't pre-order.

"The site crashed so we were just determined to make sure to be here today to be the first in line" said Aloma Keliihoomalu.

When the doors finally opened, Apple employees escorted the excited customers inside. The i-Phone 4 is thinner, faster and has front and back cameras for video chats called facetime.

"The video calling, the five megapixel camera, the HD video so there's a lot of new features on it that I'm really excited about."

"I'm kind of like a gadget freak so I had to get it."

"It was definitely worth it. I haven't even had it for 10 minutes and I'm already in love."

Some lucky people who didn't pre-order managed to buy the new phone. Apple won't reveal how many of the gadgets are available in Hawaii, but it looks like they won't last long.

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