Senator Barack Obama arrives in Honolulu

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Hawaii's most famous son returned home to a huge welcome.

More than 1,000 people waited hours in the hot sun just to get a glimpse of presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee Barack Obama.

What was supposed to be a quiet family vacation turned into thousands of fans shouting, supporting Senator Obama's return home to Hawaii.

A trip meant for pleasure, the senator also squeezed in time for some politics.

Air Obama finally arrives in Honolulu. Enduring about a 3-month longer primary season than republican rival Senator John McCain, the presumptive democratic nominee's trip has its priorities.

"We're going to get a plate lunch somewhere guarantee, we will get shaved ice guarantee," said Democrat Sen. Barack Obama.

From the tarmac, Obama's motorcade moves to Ke'ehi Lagoon Beach Park for a public event where he's welcomed by an estimated crowd of 4,000 supporters. He addresses, energy, education and the local impact of oil.

"Everything has to be shipped into Hawaii, which means no where are you seeing more of an impact in terms of oil prices and gas prices than here," said Obama.

Campaigning endlessly for the democratic party's nomination, the Illinois Senator says this week his focus is his family.

"At some point it's important to see my grandma, it's important to spend time with those two girls and the wife who likes to see me once in a while too," said Obama.

Emphasizing one of many Hawaii's strengths, the Punahou graduate stresses the importance of our serviceman.

"They're important to our national security, they're also important to the economy of Hawaii," said Obama.

After a 20-minute speech, Senator Obama's motorcade moves on, leaving the park's crowd motivated with this direct message.

"People are hungry for new politics, hungry for change," said Obama.

Senator Obama only has one other scheduled event. It's a fundraiser on Tuesday, August 12th at the Kahala resort.

Other than that, the senator says he plans to have fun with the family and start working on his Democratic National Convention speech.