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Punahou Graduates Remember Obama

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By Howard Dashefsky

MANOA (KHNL) -- There is a certain buzz on campus thanks in large part to a guy many Punahou School graduates remember as "Barry."

Described as just a regular student who enjoyed books, basketball, and music, Barry Obama graduated from Punahou School in 1979.

The same Obama who is now a leading candidate for president of the United States.

"I remember Barry, we went to school with him," said Punahou alumn Ben Wo.  "We didn't call him Barack back then, we called him Barry, and even though I'm kind of a conservative, I'm still cheering for him as a sentimental vote from Punahou School."

But more than just a sentimental favorite, Punahou Alums look to the Harvard graduate, and now U.S. Senator from Illinois as an inspiration.

Not just for themselves, but for future graduating classes from this already proud school.

"It's a testament to the quality of the education you can receive here at Punahou School," said Punahou graduate Douglas Kwock.

"I think it would be an incredible honor and it would just be wonderful if Obama became the next President," said Punahou graduate Robert Yee.  "It would reflect so positively and not only on Punahou and an alumni, but for the entire state of Hawaii. It really shows the caliber and quality of the people that come from the state of Hawaii and the rich unique diversity that we have here, it would be an incredible experience".

We'll all have a better understanding of Obama's chances of becoming president in a matter of days when a record 24 states head to the polls for Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses.

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