Most Kahala residents gear up for Obama fundraiser

Terri Mershon
Terri Mershon
Steven Mark
Steven Mark
Eric Chang
Eric Chang

By Kristine Uyeno - bio | email

KAHALA (KHNL) - Sen. Barack Obama's campaign and Kahala Hotel employees are prepping for tomorrow's fundraiser for the presidential candidate. They're not the only ones. Residents, most of them at least, are also getting excited.

Terri Mershon and her four-legged friend, spend the past two days the same way.

"So I took my dog Maile here and went down in front of the beach and thought I could find some little Obamas hanging out on the beach," she said.

No luck, but maybe, the third or fourth time's a charm.

"We'll probably go down there a couple times to see if we can see any action down there," said Mershon.

She lives around the corner from the Kahala Hotel, where Hawaii-born Barack Obama will have a fundraiser Tuesday. The $2,300-a-plate event is sold out.

There's so much hype about Obama, residents say there's even a man selling Obama t-shirts for $10, just a block away from the hotel.

Also a block away from the hotel is Waialae Beach Park, where Steven Mark likes to windsurf.

"There's a little bit of a break, and that's what I'm trying to learn how to surf, and once you're out there, you get a nice view of the Kahala," he said.

But for Eric Chang, who's lived in this neighborhood for 30 years, it's a different story.

"I could care less. It's not directly affecting me, it's in this general area, and I don't live in this general area here, so it doesn't matter," said Chang.

The Kahala Hotel is being very tight-lipped about the event.

Managers say Obama's campaign instructed them not to let cameras inside the banquet facilities or even into the kitchen, before the event.

They're also told not to give the media any details, not even what's on the menu.