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Rally for Obama Draws Hundreds

Congressman Neil Abercrombie Congressman Neil Abercrombie
Kelly Hu Kelly Hu
Maya Soetoro-Ng Maya Soetoro-Ng

By Diane Ako and Joe Aikala

WAIKIKI (KHNL) -- It's anything but a relaxing Sunday in the islands, for presidental campaigns making their last big political push before Tuesday's important vote.

In Waikiki, a party in the park is held for Senator Barack Obama.

All of these adopted "ohana" came together to cheer for Obama. The signs proudly proclaim, "Hawaii's native son." The rally attracted political bigwigs like Congressman Neil Abercrombie and movie stars like Kelly Hu, who said, "I love his diversity and the fact that he can have a different perspective than the other candidates. He can really bring together this country. This country really needs healing at this time."

Half-sister Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng energized the crowd. "It was here that he first learned how to negotiate through different worlds, how to walk comfortably among different kinds of people."

Senator Obama told me via satellite this weekend, he values grass roots support. "That's what driving this movement for change. That's what's going to deliver on healthcare for all people, or a $4,000 tuition credit for every student every year, or an energy policy that invests in wind, solar, or other clean energies, and bring an end to the war in Iraq."

It's a tight race, and supporters say every vote counts.

Hu urged, "Come out on Tuesday night to caucus. It's so important this year for people to come out and support Barack Obama."

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