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Supporters wave signs to help mold Hawaii's political future

Pat Lum Pat Lum
Poki Ellis Poki Ellis
Rep. Calvin Say Rep. Calvin Say

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - As we countdown to Election Day, candidates are intensifying their campaign to sway voters their way.

Just driving around the islands, you can spot people on the streets waving signs .

We are across from Ward Center.

As you can see, Obama supporters are out here sign waving.

Judging by all the cars honking here, it's a strategy that does attract attention.

But is it effective? Voters give us some insight.

It's a local political tradition.  An inexpensive way of getting a candidate's name out.  But does sign waving really work?

"You already have your thoughts about what you want to do so if they're waving the sign, if you're for that person then yes, but if you're not for that person, it's not going to make a difference," said voter Pat Lum.

"Of course it helps," said voter Poki Ellis. "It gives people a better view of what happening around in politics so at least they get to see whoever they're going to vote for, you seem them holding signs."

Sign waving dates back to 1968. The man who started it all? The late Charlie Campbell.

Campbell started his political career as a Honolulu city council member. During his campaign, Campbell recruited his students to help sign wave with him.

"He said to me it was cost effective but more importantly, it was educating his students at Farrington High School," said Rep. Calvin Say (D) House Speaker.

Regardless of whether this is powerful enough to change or make up voters minds.

"It's just nice to see that people are getting involved with the elections," said voter Nick Lawson.

A sign of commitment and enthusiasm in helping mold Hawaii's political future.

Sign waving may not necessarily help win votes. But candidates we spoke with say, on the flip side, if you don't sign wave and you're not out there facing the community, it also sends a negative message.

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